Maryland Climate


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The climate in Maryland State is generally mild with an average temperature of around 55°F (13°C). Summers are warm and humid, while winters can be cold and wet. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, typically ranging from around 35 to 40 inches (88-102 cm) annually. Snowfall also occurs during the winter months, though it is usually on the light side. Spring and fall tend to be pleasant seasons with temperatures averaging between 45-65°F (7-18°C). Overall, Maryland State has a temperate climate that supports a variety of plant life and outdoor activities year round.

Maryland, Maryland gets 44 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Maryland averages 19 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 202 sunny days per year in Maryland. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Maryland gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 114 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 87 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 25
Rain: averages 44 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 19 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

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

8 Summer - 5.8 Winter
September, May and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Maryland, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateMaryland, MarylandUnited States
  44.0 in.38.1 in.
  18.6 in.27.8 in.
  114.3 days106.2 days
  202 days205 days
  342 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 Maryland with an average high temperature of 87.1°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Maryland, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Maryland are September, May and June.
Maryland has 24.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other states in the U.S.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Maryland with an average of 25.3°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.
Maryland has 88.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.
Maryland averages 0.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.
The humidity is usually acceptable in the state of Maryland but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. July, August and June are the three most uncomfortably humid months in the state of Maryland.
July is the wettest month in Maryland with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.9 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 27% of yearly precipitation and 22% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Maryland's average annual rainfall of 44.0 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.
May is the rainiest month in Maryland with 11.1 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 8.1 rainy days. Maryland's annual average of 114.3 days with measurable rain is about average compared to other states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 18.6 inches, Maryland is less snowy than most states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Maryland with 6.7 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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I was born here and sill live here 43 years later, the thing I don't like is the cold winters, we can get very cold and get plenty of snow and the summer can get very  More

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Over 7 years ago

Since my family moved to Maryland we have experienced numerous electrical and plumbing catastrophes, including small fires in the house, because of incompetent utility  More

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Over 7 years ago

nobody from Maryland can drive. they cause so many accidents and block traffic with their bizarre driving habits. it's not just an urban legend, it's actually true.   More

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