Bellingham, WA Climate


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Bellingham, WA has a mild, temperate climate with an average of 37 inches of rain per year and over 160 sunny days each year. In the summer, temperatures are usually in the 70s, while in winter temperatures can dip into the 30s and 40s. The city is located in a unique climatic zone where it experiences mild summers and relatively mild winters compared to other US cities. This offers locals the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities year round. Bellingham also benefits from its proximity to both the Pacific Ocean and Mount Baker which helps to create a more moderate climate overall.

Bellingham, Washington gets 39 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Bellingham averages 9 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 157 sunny days per year in Bellingham. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Bellingham gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 158 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 72 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 34
Rain: averages 39 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 9 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Bellingham is 7.1 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Washington.

9.1 Summer - 5.3 Winter
July, August and June are the most pleasant months in Bellingham, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateBellingham, WashingtonUnited States
  39.1 in.38.1 in.
  9.0 in.27.8 in.
  157.6 days106.2 days
  157 days205 days
  72.4°85.8°
  34.0°21.7°
  7.17
  2.54.3
  72 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

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.

August is the hottest month for Bellingham with an average high temperature of 72.8°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Washington. In Bellingham, there are 2 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Bellingham are August, July and June.
In Bellingham, there are 0.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in Washington.
December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Bellingham with an average of 33.2°. This is about average compared to other places in Washington.
In Bellingham, there are 49.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Washington.
In Bellingham, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Washington.
Humidity in Bellingham is generally quite low and comfortable. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are August, July and June.
November is the wettest month in Bellingham with 6.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 1.2 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 34% of yearly precipitation and 12% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 39.1 inches in Bellingham means that it is about average compared to other places in Washington.
November is the rainiest month in Bellingham with 19.5 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 5.8 rainy days. There are 157.6 rainy days annually in Bellingham, which is about average compared to other places in Washington. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 32% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 14% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 9.0 inches in Bellingham means that it is snowier than most places in Washington. December is the snowiest month in Bellingham with 2.6 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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