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Climate in Vermont

Vermont is a state with a continental climate, which means it experiences hot and humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Summer temperatures can range from the mid-70s to upper 80s Fahrenheit while winter temperatures can go below 0F. Average snowfall varies across the region but typically ranges from 30 to 60 inches annually. Vermont also experiences occasional extreme weather events such as heavy rainfalls or severe thunderstorms that can cause flooding or damage to property. In general, Vermont experiences four distinct seasons throughout the year making it perfect for outdoor activities like skiing, hiking, camping and boating.

Vermont, Vermont gets 43 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Vermont averages 86 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 167 sunny days per year in Vermont. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Vermont gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 150 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 79 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 6
Rain: averages 43 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 86 inches of snow a year


Vermont's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.0 (10=best) indicates it is one of the least comfortable states in the United States.

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July, August and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Vermont, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Vermont, VermontUnited States
  43.3 in.38.1 in.
  86.3 in.27.8 in.
  150.1 days106.2 days
  167 days205 days
  1146 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 Vermont with an average high temperature of 79.1°, which ranks it as one of the coolest states. In Vermont, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Vermont are August, July and June.

Vermont has 3.1 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 Vermont with an average of 6.2°. This is one of the coldest of the U.S. states.

Vermont has 171.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest states in the U.S.

Vermont averages 25.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest states in the U.S.

Humidity in the state of Vermont 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.

July is the wettest month in Vermont with 4.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 2.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 20% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Vermont's average annual rainfall of 43.3 inches indicates that it is about average compared to other states in the United States.

December is the rainiest month in Vermont with 13.7 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 10.5 rainy days. Vermont's annual average of 150.1 days with measurable rain is one of the rainiest states in the United States. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 25% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 25% chance of a rainy day.

With an average annual snowfall of 86.3 inches, Vermont is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Vermont with 21.2 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Vermont    25 Reviews
    Vermont - 6/27/2015
    Hi, I'm looking for beauty, good hiking trails, and some light sight seeing. I have a couple of friends who have been to Vermont and loved it. They say that Vermont... Read More

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    Burlington, VT - 1/4/2015
    Burlington is a safe and lively place to live; including the metro area the population is medium sized. Employment is only mediocre and the winters are long and cold.... Read More

    Do your homework - 12/2/2014
    Spent 48 years on the NY / Vermont border living and working in both states. The reason we moved to Florida three years ago was because of taxes, politics, taxes, cold... Read More

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