Charlottesville, Virginia 

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Climate in Charlottesville, Virginia

Charlottesville, VA has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching into the upper 80s and 90s with night time lows in the mid 60s. Winters are cold and snowy with temperatures averaging around 34 degrees and nighttime lows dipping into the teens. Spring and fall feature mild temperatures with nights in the low 40s to low 50s. Precipitation throughout the year is plentiful, ranging from 30-35 inches annually.

Charlottesville, Virginia gets 45 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Charlottesville averages 15 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 219 sunny days per year in Charlottesville. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Charlottesville 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 86 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 26
Rain: averages 45 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 15 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Charlottesville is 7.5 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Virginia.

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Summer   /   Winter
September, May and June are the most pleasant months in Charlottesville, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Charlottesville, VirginiaUnited States
  45.3 in.38.1 in.
  14.5 in.27.8 in.
  107.8 days106.2 days
  219 days205 days
  466 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 Charlottesville with an average high temperature of 85.7°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Virginia. In Charlottesville, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Charlottesville are September, June and May.

In Charlottesville, there are 18.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Virginia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Charlottesville with an average of 25.8°. This is warmer than most places in Virginia.

In Charlottesville, there are 84.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Virginia.

In Charlottesville, there are 0.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Virginia.

The humidity can be uncomfortably heavy or close in Charlottesville during the summer months. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. July, August and June are the three most humid months in Charlottesville.

July is the wettest month in Charlottesville with 5.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 2.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 20% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 45.3 inches in Charlottesville means that it is wetter than most places in Virginia.

May is the rainiest month in Charlottesville with 11.2 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.2 rainy days. There are 107.8 rainy days annually in Charlottesville, which is less rainy than most places in Virginia. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 14.5 inches in Charlottesville means that it is about average compared to other places in Virginia. February is the snowiest month in Charlottesville with 4.9 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Charlottesville    44 Reviews
    Not a good place anymore - 3/29/2021
    I have lived in Charlottesville, Albemarle County for 25 years. It USED to be a decent place but in the past 10 years has gone downhill. Rent is TOO high, landlords are... Read More

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    Nothing positive - 3/27/2021
    Loved here for 7 years, lots of parks and close proximity to Shenandoah, but that’s where the positives end. High cost of living with extreme income inequality,... Read More

    Good luck! - 3/20/2021
    Charlottesville resident for 7 years. Plenty of parks, the Rivanna River and trail, and a short drive to Shenandoah National Park means plenty of opportunities for... Read More

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