The best times to visit Charlottesville for ideal weather are

August 13th to October 21st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Charlottesville Travel Info

Weather in Charlottesville

Temperature

Average temperatures in Charlottesville vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 27th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Charlottesville, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 88.9°F (31.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.8°F (19.3°C) at night.

Charlottesville Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Charlottesville Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Charlottesville Perceived Temperature (F)

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Charlottesville Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Charlottesville Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 46 35.6 26.5
Feb 48.7 37.1 27.5
Mar 59.7 47.1 36.2
Apr 70.3 57.2 45.2
May 78.2 66.1 54.7
Jun 85.6 74 63.2
Jul 88.2 76.5 66
Aug 86 74.4 64.2
Sep 80.2 68.3 58
Oct 69.8 57.6 47
Nov 58.9 47 36.4
Dec 51 40.8 31.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 7.8 2 -3.1
Feb 9.3 2.8 -2.5
Mar 15.4 8.4 2.3
Apr 21.3 14 7.3
May 25.7 18.9 12.6
Jun 29.8 23.3 17.3
Jul 31.2 24.7 18.9
Aug 30 23.6 17.9
Sep 26.8 20.2 14.4
Oct 21 14.2 8.3
Nov 14.9 8.3 2.4
Dec 10.6 4.9 -0.2

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Charlottesville are November, January, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid July. For example, on the week of July 16th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid March with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of March 12th.

When can you find snow in Charlottesville? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Charlottesville.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Charlottesville (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 15% 0 2.9
Feb 15% 0 2.2
Mar 25% 0 4.5
Apr 23% 0 3.8
May 23% 0 4.6
Jun 24% 0 4.2
Jul 19% 0 3.3
Aug 19% 0 3.9
Sep 16% 0 4.4
Oct 16% 0 4.7
Nov 13% 0 3
Dec 23% 0 4.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 15 0 7.4
Feb 15 0 5.6
Mar 25 0 11.4
Apr 23 0 9.7
May 23 0 11.7
Jun 24 0 10.7
Jul 19 0 8.4
Aug 19 0 9.9
Sep 16 0 11.2
Oct 16 0 11.9
Nov 13 0 7.6
Dec 23 0 11.7

 

Humidity and Wind

Charlottesville has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (41.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (66.4%).

Wind in Charlottesville is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and February. March’s average wind speed of around 4.7 knots (5.5 MPH or 8.8 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 12 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Charlottesville.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.4 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.7 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Mar 4.7 Light breeze 11.3 Gentle breeze
Apr 4.7 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
May 3.8 Barely noticeable 10.2 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.3 Barely noticeable 9.9 Gentle breeze
Jul 3 Barely noticeable 9.4 Gentle breeze
Aug 2.7 Barely noticeable 9 Gentle breeze
Sep 2.8 Barely noticeable 9.1 Gentle breeze
Oct 3.5 Barely noticeable 9.9 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.9 Barely noticeable 10.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 3.9 Barely noticeable 10 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 45.7%
Feb 41.2%
Mar 43.5%
Apr 45.9%
May 59.3%
Jun 61.6%
Jul 62.5%
Aug 65.9%
Sep 66.4%
Oct 60.9%
Nov 51.3%
Dec 56%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Charlottesville?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Charlottesville, VA, US is July, followed by June and August. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Charlottesville in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 56.1 in October means 56.1% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Charlottesville Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.3°F (29.1°C) and 50.6°F (10.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Charlottesville, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 84.9°F (29.4°C) and 54.3°F (12.4°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 5 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Charlottesville to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 52.6°F (11.4°C) and 43°F (6.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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