Norfolk, Virginia 

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Climate in Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia gets 47 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Norfolk averages 5 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 215 sunny days per year in Norfolk. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Norfolk gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 114 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 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 33
Rain: averages 47 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 5 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Norfolk is 7.4 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Virginia.

7.4 / 10
May, October and September are the most pleasant months in Norfolk, while July and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Norfolk, VirginiaUnited States
  47.3 in.38.1 in.
  5.1 in.27.8 in.
  114.3 days106.2 days
  215 days205 days
  10 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 Norfolk with an average high temperature of 88.2°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Virginia. In Norfolk, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Norfolk are May, September and June.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Norfolk with an average of 33.3°. This is one of the warmest places in Virginia.

In Norfolk, there are 30.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Virginia.

In Norfolk, there are 39.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Virginia.

In Norfolk, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Virginia.

August is the wettest month in Norfolk with 5.9 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 32% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 47.3 inches in Norfolk means that it is one of the wettest places in Virginia.

July is the rainiest month in Norfolk with 10.8 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.4 rainy days. There are 114.3 rainy days annually in Norfolk, which is about average compared to other places in Virginia. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 5.1 inches in Norfolk means that it is one of the least snowy places in Virginia. February is the snowiest month in Norfolk with 2.5 inches of snow, and 3 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Norfolk    41 Reviews
    Norfolk is a great place to live. - 1/28/2019
    I've lived in Norfolk for most of my life, and I love it here. I love the maker scene, and the new breweries. The arts scene, especially the theater side is always... Read More

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    Year 2018 - 7/24/2018
    I have lived in Norfolk VA for 11 months and,I cant wait to leave.It is full of crime ,homeless and undeveloped city.Public transportation is terrible and its wet and... Read More

    It's a harbor town - 7/18/2018
    I was born in Norfolk, and lived in Norfolk and Virginia Beach until my early 20s. Here are 10 things that are 100% true about Norfolk you may have heard before: 1) It's... Read More

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