Roanoke, Virginia 

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Climate in Roanoke, Virginia

Roanoke, VA has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in the summer months ranges from 70°F to 85°F. Winter temperatures average around 40°F, while spring and fall are generally mild with temperatures between 45°F and 65°F. Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, but it is most plentiful during the summer months when thunderstorms are common. Snowfall is sporadic but can be heavy at times in the winter months.

Roanoke, Virginia gets 42 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 211 sunny days per year in Roanoke. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Roanoke gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 121 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 87 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 26
Rain: averages 42 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 15 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Roanoke 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 Roanoke, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Roanoke, VirginiaUnited States
  41.9 in.38.1 in.
  15.2 in.27.8 in.
  120.7 days106.2 days
  211 days205 days
  935 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 Roanoke with an average high temperature of 86.5°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Virginia. In Roanoke, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Roanoke are September, May and June.

In Roanoke, there are 23.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Virginia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Roanoke with an average of 26.1°. This is warmer than most places in Virginia.

In Roanoke, there are 88.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Virginia.

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

The humidity is usually acceptable in Roanoke but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. July, August and June are the three most uncomfortably humid months in Roanoke.

July is the wettest month in Roanoke with 4.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.8 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 41.9 inches in Roanoke means that it is drier than most places in Virginia.

May is the rainiest month in Roanoke with 12.9 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 8.2 rainy days. There are 120.7 rainy days annually in Roanoke, which is rainier 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 21% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 15.2 inches in Roanoke means that it is about average compared to other places in Virginia. February is the snowiest month in Roanoke with 5.1 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Roanoke    44 Reviews
    ITS PRETTY GOOD - 10/24/2022
    I’ve lived in Roanoke for 15 years, so I hope this comment can help those planning on moving here. Roanoke isn’t bad if you consider Roanoke county and Salem. Sure,... Read More

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    These people are dumb af. Don't live here. - 10/1/2020
    I've lived here from 2 years and, goddamn, these people are stupid af. If I here coronavirus is a hoax and and fat people making comments at me for wearing a damn mask... Read More

    Born and Raised in Roanoke - 8/25/2020
    I was born and raised in Roanoke County (Oak Grove subdivision), departing in 1989 for a job in Texas. So my perspective on the area is dated, but might be valuable as... Read More

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