The most pleasant months of the year for the Rapid City metro area are June, September and August. In the Rapid City metro area, there are 2 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. July is the hottest month for the Rapid City metro area with an average high temperature of 85.8°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in South Dakota. March is the snowiest month in the Rapid City metro area with 8.8 inches of snow, and 8 months of the year have significant snowfall. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant.
Today's Weather - Rapid City, SD
4 PM PST
|7 DAY FORECAST||DESCRIPTION||HIGH/LOW||WIND|
|This Afternoon||Mostly Sunny||82° / 60°||N 12 mph|
|Wednesday||Sunny||83° / 60°||N 7 to 10 mph|
|Thursday||Sunny then Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms||88° / 63°||S 5 to 14 mph|
|Friday||Sunny||92° / 62°||NW 6 to 12 mph|
|Saturday||Sunny then Slight Chance Showers And Thunderstorms||88° / 63°||NE 7 to 10 mph|
|Sunday||Sunny||90° / 60°||NW 6 to 10 mph|
|Monday||Mostly Sunny||84° / 59°||NE 6 to 10 mph|
Summer High: the July high is around 86 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 13
Rain: averages 19 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 41 inches of snow a year
BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX
The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Rapid City Metro Area area is 6.9 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in South Dakota.
6.9 / 10
A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 7. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.
Average Monthly High and Low (°F)
Hot, Freezing, Rainy, Snowy Days: Rapid City
YOU SHOULD KNOW
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.