Memphis, Tennessee 

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Climate in Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee gets 54 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Memphis averages 3 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Memphis. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Memphis gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 108 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 30
Rain: averages 54 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 3 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Memphis is 7.0 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in Tennessee.

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May, October and April are the most pleasant months in Memphis, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Memphis, TennesseeUnited States
  54.1 in.38.1 in.
  3.0 in.27.8 in.
  108.4 days106.2 days
  218 days205 days
  259 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Memphis with an average high temperature of 90.9°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in Tennessee. In Memphis, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Memphis are May, October and April.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Memphis with an average of 30.3°. This is one of the warmest places in Tennessee.

In Memphis, there are 57.2 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Tennessee.

In Memphis, there are 56.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Tennessee.

In Memphis, there are 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in Tennessee.

December is the wettest month in Memphis with 5.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is August with 3.0 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 29% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 54.1 inches in Memphis means that it is about average compared to other places in Tennessee.

March is the rainiest month in Memphis with 10.7 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 6.4 rainy days. There are 108.4 rainy days annually in Memphis, which is less rainy than most places in Tennessee. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 3.0 inches in Memphis means that it is less snowy than most places in Tennessee. January is the snowiest month in Memphis with 1.2 inches of snow, and 2 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Memphis    147 Reviews
    It’s Memphis - 12/22/2019
    I’ve lived in and also around the city of Memphis Tennessee since 94’ and it really has not changed one bit. The ignorance in this city is rampant and racism is alive... Read More

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    Lack of Culture and Diversity - 11/17/2019
    I lived here for two years for work. I’m from the North, and I was looking forward to milder winters. Well, that is all Memphis had to offer me. Generational,... Read More
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    Not for me - 10/27/2019
    Didn't like it. People are not very friendly, which is surprising, since it's a Southern city. Sorta. There were signs everywhere that said "Be Nice, Or Leave". Great... Read More

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