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Climate in Alabama

Alabama, Alabama gets 56 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Alabama averages 1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 213 sunny days per year in Alabama. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Alabama gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 107 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 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 33
Rain: averages 56 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 1 inches of snow a year


Alabama's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.3 (10=best) indicates it is more comfortable than most states in the United States.

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Summer   /   Winter
October, May and April are the most pleasant months in the state of Alabama, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Alabama, AlabamaUnited States
  56.3 in.38.1 in.
  0.7 in.27.8 in.
  106.5 days106.2 days
  213 days205 days
  489 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 Alabama with an average high temperature of 90.5°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Alabama, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Alabama are October, April and May.

Alabama has 55.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Alabama with an average of 33.1°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.

Alabama has 49.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

Alabama averages 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

Humidity in the state of Alabama can be uncomfortable during the summer, but pleasant 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.

March is the wettest month in Alabama with 5.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 3.5 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 27% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. Alabama's average annual rainfall of 56.3 inches indicates that it is one of the wettest states in the United States.

July is the rainiest month in Alabama with 11.0 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 6.6 rainy days. Alabama's annual average of 106.5 days with measurable rain is about average compared to other states in the United States. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.

With an average annual snowfall of 0.7 inches, Alabama is one of the least snowy states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in 3 with 0.3 inches of snow, and no months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Alabama    20 Reviews
    I would rather live in hell - 8/22/2021
    As someone who has lived in Alabama for 19 years, the best thing i can say about the state is that it could be worse. First of all, if you're not a straight white... Read More

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    Sweet Home Alabama - 12/6/2016
    My husband and I have lived in Memphis for the last 14 years. Believe me, anyplace is better to live than Memphis. These poor folks are stuck in a Civil Rights bubble... Read More

    Thinking of moving to Foley - 3/25/2015
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