Spokane, WA Climate


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Spokane, WA is known for its temperate climate, which generally features four distinct seasons. Winters are cold and snowy with regular snowfall during the winter months. Spring is mild and pleasant with temperatures typically rising into the mid-60s by late May. Summers in Spokane are warm to hot, with temperatures often reaching into the mid-90s from July through September. Autumn is usually dry and cool with temperatures in the mid-50s by late October. While precipitation can occur year round, it is typically minimal during summer months when rain showers tend to be short but intense.

Spokane, Washington gets 17 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Spokane averages 44 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 171 sunny days per year in Spokane. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Spokane gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 115 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 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 24
Rain: averages 17 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 44 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Spokane is 6.7 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Washington.

9.2 Summer - 4 Winter
August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Spokane, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateSpokane, WashingtonUnited States
  17.2 in.38.1 in.
  43.9 in.27.8 in.
  115.0 days106.2 days
  171 days205 days
  1877 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 Spokane with an average high temperature of 83.5°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Washington. In Spokane, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Spokane are June, September and August.
In Spokane, there are 16.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Washington.
December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Spokane with an average of 22.1°. This is colder than most places in Washington.
In Spokane, there are 133.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Washington.
In Spokane, there are 2.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Washington.
Humidity is low in Spokane, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.
December is the wettest month in Spokane with 2.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is August with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 34% of yearly precipitation and 15% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 17.2 inches in Spokane means that it is drier than most places in Washington.
November is the rainiest month in Spokane with 14.0 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 3.9 rainy days. There are 115.0 rainy days annually in Spokane, which is less rainy than most places in Washington. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 33% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 14% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 43.9 inches in Spokane means that it is one of the snowiest places in Washington. December is the snowiest month in Spokane with 14.5 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Lived here all of my life. I've visited enough cities to understand that Spokane could be so much better, but it falls short in many ways. Its car-oriented development  More

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I lived in the Spokane area for 35 years. It has its positives and negatives. Be sure and pick a safe community to live in. Rural areas are rather scary. Too many  More

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I've lived in Spokane for over 5 years after moving here from the Vancouver area for a job. I miss Western Washington. Home buying: When I first moved here, you could  More

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