New Hampshire Climate


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New Hampshire has a humid continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters. Average annual snowfall totals in the state vary between 30 and 50 inches depending on location, with higher elevations typically getting more snow. Summers are generally mild and sunny, with temperatures reaching an average high of around 80 degrees Fahrenheit during the warmest months. Winters tend to be cold and snowy, averaging lows of around 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the northern part of the state. The weather can be unpredictable in New Hampshire, with severe storms occasionally occurring throughout the year.

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

New Hampshire averages 68 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 198 sunny days per year in New Hampshire. The US average is 205 sunny days.

New Hampshire gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 133 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 80 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 9
Rain: averages 46 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 68 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

New Hampshire's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.4 (10=best) indicates it is one of the least comfortable states in the United States.

9 Summer - 4 Winter
August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of New Hampshire, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateNew Hampshire, New HampshireUnited States
  46.4 in.38.1 in.
  68.3 in.27.8 in.
  133.0 days106.2 days
  198 days205 days
  941 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 New Hampshire with an average high temperature of 80.1°, which ranks it as one of the coolest states. In New Hampshire, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for New Hampshire are August, July and June.
New Hampshire has 5.0 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 New Hampshire with an average of 9.3°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.
New Hampshire has 165.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.
New Hampshire averages 16.4 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 New Hampshire 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.
October is the wettest month in New Hampshire with 4.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.0 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 27% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. New Hampshire's average annual rainfall of 46.4 inches indicates that it is wetter than most states in the United States.
June is the rainiest month in New Hampshire with 12.7 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.2 rainy days. New Hampshire's annual average of 133.0 days with measurable rain is rainier than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 26% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 23% chance of a rainy day.
With an average annual snowfall of 68.3 inches, New Hampshire is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in New Hampshire with 18.5 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Over 5 years ago

I have lived in 6 other states all over the country, making New Hampshire my 7th. I've been here for about two and a half years. Like everywhere else, there are good  More

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Over 6 years ago

I've been living here my whole life, so I guess I don't have much to compare it to, but here's my opinion: New Hampshire is beautiful, I love the seasons and the leaves  More

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Over 7 years ago

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