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Climate in Virginia

The climate of Virginia State is generally mild and temperate. Winters are generally cool, with temperatures ranging from the mid twenties to low thirties in January. Summers are warm, with temperatures typically reaching the high eighties in July. Virginia is known for its humid summers, especially in the eastern region of the state where summer months can be very hot and muggy. Spring and autumn are usually milder temperatures, with a few cold nights scattered throughout the year. Overall, Virginia has a moderate climate which makes it an attractive destination for outdoor activities year-round.

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

Virginia averages 14 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

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

Virginia gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 115 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 14 inches of snow a year


Virginia's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.4 (10=best) indicates it is one of the most pleasant states in the United States.

7.9 / 6

Summer   /   Winter
September, May and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Virginia, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Virginia, VirginiaUnited States
  44.0 in.38.1 in.
  13.8 in.27.8 in.
  115.0 days106.2 days
  205 days205 days
  826 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 Virginia with an average high temperature of 86.6°, which ranks it as about average compared to other states. In Virginia, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Virginia are September, May and June.

Virginia has 24.0 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 Virginia with an average of 25.3°. This is warmer than most of the U.S. states.

Virginia has 95.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

Virginia averages 0.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most states in the U.S.

The humidity can be uncomfortably heavy or close in the state of Virginia during the summer months. July is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. July, August and June are the three most humid months in the state of Virginia.

July is the wettest month in Virginia with 4.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 3.0 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Virginia'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 Virginia with 11.3 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 7.7 rainy days. Virginia's annual average of 115.0 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 21% chance of a rainy day.

Virginia's average annual snowfall of 13.8 inches indicates that it is one of the least snowy states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Virginia with 4.6 inches of snow, and 4 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Virginia    72 Reviews
    NO JOBS - 12/31/2017
    Virginia is a lovely place to live and raise a family. But, there are no jobs here and it is a very unfriendly state. Housing cost is on the rise and incomes are on a... Read More

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    Beautiful state is being ruined - 12/24/2017
    Overpriced housing. Too much development. Not that many good jobs in Northern Virginia. Terrible traffic. Huge ugly data centers being built on every vacant plot of... Read More

    Lynchburg - 1/31/2016
    It is a great small town. I am not a big fan of Virginia's state government... Read More

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