Richmond, Virginia 

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Climate in Richmond, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia gets 44 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Richmond averages 11 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 210 sunny days per year in Richmond. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Richmond gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 112 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 90 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 28
Rain: averages 44 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 11 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Richmond is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Virginia.

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September, May and October are the most pleasant months in Richmond, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Richmond, VirginiaUnited States
  44.3 in.38.1 in.
  11.0 in.27.8 in.
  112.0 days106.2 days
  210 days205 days
  210 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 Richmond with an average high temperature of 89.7°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in Virginia. In Richmond, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Richmond are May, September and October.

In Richmond, there are 41.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Virginia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Richmond with an average of 27.6°. This is warmer than most places in Virginia.

In Richmond, there are 81.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Virginia.

In Richmond, there are 0.0 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 Richmond 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 Richmond.

August is the wettest month in Richmond with 4.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.9 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 44.3 inches in Richmond means that it is wetter than most places in Virginia.

July is the rainiest month in Richmond with 10.9 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.3 rainy days. There are 112.0 rainy days annually in Richmond, which is less rainy than most 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 11.0 inches in Richmond means that it is less snowy than most places in Virginia. January is the snowiest month in Richmond with 4.5 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Richmond    109 Reviews
    Great for young families - 3/10/2022
    Lived here for a year and it’s not perfect but it’s constantly improving now (areas redevloped, more businesses, job growth). Cost of living is great compared to... Read More

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    RVA is the place to be - 10/25/2021
    We love Richmond so much that when we talk about where we'd like to live if we could live anywhere in the US, we always come back to RVA. We live in the city proper... Read More

    It's cool for what it is - 8/3/2021
    I'm an out-of-towner but am coming up on 1 year in Richmond. I would summarize it this way: the best thing and the worst thing about Richmond is its location. I'll... Read More

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