Olympia, Washington 

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Climate in Olympia, Washington

Olympia, Washington gets 53 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Olympia averages 6 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 136 sunny days per year in Olympia. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Olympia gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 167 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 77 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 34
Rain: averages 53 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 6 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

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

7.1 / 10
August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Olympia, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Olympia, WashingtonUnited States
  52.7 in.38.1 in.
  6.0 in.27.8 in.
  167.2 days106.2 days
  136 days205 days
  77.1°85.8°
  33.9°21.7°
  7.17
  2.64.3
  92 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 Olympia with an average high temperature of 78.0°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Washington. In Olympia, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Olympia are August, July and September.


December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Olympia with an average of 32.9°. This is about average compared to other places in Washington.


In Olympia, there are 5.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Washington.


In Olympia, there are 61.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Washington.


In Olympia, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Washington.


November is the wettest month in Olympia with 9.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.8 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 41% of yearly precipitation and 7% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 52.7 inches in Olympia means that it is wetter than most places in Washington.


November is the rainiest month in Olympia with 21.0 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 4.8 rainy days. There are 167.2 rainy days annually in Olympia, which is rainier than most places in Washington. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 34% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 11% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 6.0 inches in Olympia means that it is about average compared to other places in Washington. February is the snowiest month in Olympia with 2.3 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Olympia    37 Reviews
    We love Olympia and retired here - 5/13/2021
    Having lived all over the world we decided to retire in Olympia and live on the Puget Sound. Yes it rains but the weather can change dramatically in a day with sun and... Read More

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    Great place for real people (!) - 1/22/2020
    Olympia is great. It's a big small town with a political lean due to the location of the states capital, and draws people from all over the country due to it's... Read More

    Not much change over the years - 4/26/2019
    I've lived here nearly two years now and while it is a beautiful area like much of the NW, there are many issues which detract from its appeal. As the state capitol I... Read More


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