Maine Climate


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Maine State experiences a humid continental climate, with warm summers and cold, snowy winters. During the summer months, temperatures range between 65-80 degrees Fahrenheit, while in winter temperatures range from 25-35 degrees Fahrenheit. Maine is known for its heavy snowfall during the winter months - in fact, some parts of the state can receive over 200 inches of snow annually! Precipitation levels also tend to be higher than average throughout the year. While spring and autumn bring a milder climate to Maine, extreme weather patterns such as blizzards and hurricanes are common in this region.

Maine, Maine gets 46 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Maine averages 75 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 192 sunny days per year in Maine. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Maine gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 131 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 78 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 7
Rain: averages 46 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 75 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

Maine's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.3 (10=best) indicates it is one of the least comfortable states in the United States.

9.1 Summer - 3.8 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Maine, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateMaine, MaineUnited States
  46.3 in.38.1 in.
  74.6 in.27.8 in.
  131.4 days106.2 days
  192 days205 days
  554 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 Maine with an average high temperature of 78.1°, which ranks it as one of the coolest states. In Maine, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Maine are July, August and June.
Maine has 2.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Maine with an average of 6.9°. This is one of the coldest of the U.S. states.
Maine has 163.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.
Maine averages 21.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.
Humidity in the state of Maine 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 July, August and June.
November is the wettest month in Maine with 4.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.0 inches. The wettest season is Winter with 28% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Maine's average annual rainfall of 46.3 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.
June is the rainiest month in Maine with 12.5 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. Maine's annual average of 131.4 days with measurable rain is rainier than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 26% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 74.6 inches, Maine is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Maine with 19.7 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Over 4 years ago

I've been in Maine of and on my whole life. Maine folks for the most part are not very complicated. The drug epidemic has gotten better I think. If you enjoy shopping I  More

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Over 9 years ago

We are on this site to exit Maine in the winter. It is a beautiful and expensive (taxes) state. We plan to stay here most of the year, as 3 of the seasons are beautiful.  More

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Over 10 years ago

Unless you want to live around Portland Maine or maybe BIW, not much work in Maine, except min wage...Weather from Sept thru May, you freeze your butt off, put kids in  More

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