Staunton, Virginia 

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Climate in Staunton, Virginia

Staunton, Virginia gets 41 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Staunton averages 21 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 216 sunny days per year in Staunton. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Staunton gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 117 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 85 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 21
Rain: averages 41 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 21 inches of snow a year


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

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

Climate Averages
  Staunton, VirginiaUnited States
  41.1 in.38.1 in.
  20.8 in.27.8 in.
  116.8 days106.2 days
  216 days205 days
  1391 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 Staunton with an average high temperature of 85.4°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Virginia. In Staunton, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Staunton are September, June and May.

In Staunton, there are 16.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Virginia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Staunton with an average of 21.3°. This is colder than most places in Virginia.

In Staunton, there are 124.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Virginia.

In Staunton, there are 1.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Virginia.

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

July is the wettest month in Staunton with 4.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 2.7 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 20% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 41.1 inches in Staunton means that it is drier than most places in Virginia.

May is the rainiest month in Staunton with 12.4 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 8.0 rainy days. There are 116.8 rainy days annually in Staunton, which is rainier than most places in Virginia. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 20.8 inches in Staunton means that it is snowier than most places in Virginia. February is the snowiest month in Staunton with 6.8 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Staunton    4 Reviews
    Small Town, Big Culture - 5/10/2017
    Summer in Staunton is the place to be for classical music lovers. Violins can be heard throughout July when students from all over the world convene for the Heifetz... Read More

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    Small Town Charm - 7/9/2014
    Staunton has lots of small town charm, especially in the historic downtown area, which seems to be featured often in various Top 10 lists.... Read More

    Best for families and retirement - 8/3/2011
    Staunton is a charming town of about 22,000 in the Shenandoah Valley about midway up I-81 in Virginia. There is a small downtown that has been revitalized. Numerous... Read More

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