Suffolk, VA 

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Climate in Suffolk, VA

Suffolk, VA has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild to cool winters. During the summer months, temperatures average in the mid-80s with high humidity making it feel even hotter. In the winter, temperatures typically range from the 40s to low 60s with occasional snowfall. The area experiences considerable rainfall throughout the year with an annual precipitation rate of about 44 inches in total. Suffolk is known to have a particularly wet season during April and May when up to 5 inches of rain can fall each month.

Suffolk, Virginia gets 48 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Suffolk averages 5 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 Suffolk. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Suffolk gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 116 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 89 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 30
Rain: averages 48 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 5 inches of snow a year


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

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Summer   /   Winter
May, October and September are the most pleasant months in Suffolk, while July and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Suffolk, VirginiaUnited States
  47.5 in.38.1 in.
  4.7 in.27.8 in.
  115.9 days106.2 days
  210 days205 days
  49 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 Suffolk with an average high temperature of 88.7°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Virginia. In Suffolk, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Suffolk are May, September and October.

In Suffolk, there are 33.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Virginia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Suffolk with an average of 29.9°. This is one of the warmest places in Virginia.

In Suffolk, there are 63.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Virginia.

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

Humidity in Suffolk can be uncomfortable during the summer, but comfortable for most of the year. The most uncomfortably humid months are July, August and June. The humid season runs from June-September and the most comfortable months are October-May.

August is the wettest month in Suffolk with 5.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.2 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 47.5 inches in Suffolk means that it is one of the wettest places in Virginia.

July is the rainiest month in Suffolk with 10.9 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.4 rainy days. There are 115.9 rainy days annually in Suffolk, 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 4.7 inches in Suffolk means that it is one of the least snowy places in Virginia. January is the snowiest month in Suffolk with 1.9 inches of snow, and 3 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Great place to live - 8/19/2009
    I like living in Suffolk because of the smaller town feel yet having the conveniences of the larger city. We have been happy in Northern Suffolk. The schools don't seem... Read More

    Unremarkable? - 6/15/2009
    Suffolk is a bit difficult to describe because it is geographically the largest city in Virginia. Downtown has been slightly revitalized but I have no reason to go there... Read More

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