Williamsburg, Virginia 

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Climate in Williamsburg, Virginia

Williamsburg, VA experiences a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers, cool winters, and distinct seasonal changes. The warm season is from mid-May to late September with temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to low 90s. During the winter months from December through March it's usually cold and snowy with temperatures reaching down into the 20s. The average annual precipitation for Williamsburg is around 46 inches with spring being the wettest season and fall being the driest.

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

Williamsburg averages 7 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 209 sunny days per year in Williamsburg. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Williamsburg 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 88 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 30
Rain: averages 47 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 7 inches of snow a year


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

Climate Averages
  Williamsburg, VirginiaUnited States
  47.2 in.38.1 in.
  6.5 in.27.8 in.
  116.2 days106.2 days
  209 days205 days
  85 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 Williamsburg with an average high temperature of 87.8°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Virginia. In Williamsburg, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Williamsburg are May, September and June.

In Williamsburg, there are 26.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Virginia.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Williamsburg with an average of 30.0°. This is one of the warmest places in Virginia.

In Williamsburg, there are 64.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Virginia.

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

Humidity in Williamsburg 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 Williamsburg with 5.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.1 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 47.2 inches in Williamsburg means that it is one of the wettest places in Virginia.

July is the rainiest month in Williamsburg with 11.3 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.5 rainy days. There are 116.2 rainy days annually in Williamsburg, 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 6.5 inches in Williamsburg means that it is less snowy than most places in Virginia. January is the snowiest month in Williamsburg with 2.6 inches of snow, and 3 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Williamsburg    15 Reviews
    Living here - 10/3/2016
    Well I guess I'm late to the posts but maybe someone new will want info. I have lived here for 18 years. Growing up in CA. Way different. In response to other posts,... Read More

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    Crime rate in Williamsburg - 6/21/2014
    It is much higher than reported. Police cover up for the wealthy or well connected. Rapists are released from jail by the judges right after conviction. Police are... Read More

    Really think twice about living here. - 5/3/2014
    As a Northerner and a person of color, I found this area to be the worst place I've lived (I have lived up and down the East Coast). This town is not diverse and in... Read More

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