The best times to visit Columbia for ideal weather are

April 23rd to June 3rd

or

September 3rd to October 14th

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

 

 


Other Columbia Travel Info

Weather in Columbia

Temperature

Average temperatures in Columbia 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 25th 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 Columbia, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 91.2°F (32.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66.7°F (19.3°C) at night.

Columbia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Columbia 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.

Columbia Perceived Temperature (F)

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Columbia Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Columbia 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 42.5 29.2 18.7
Feb 44.2 31 20.6
Mar 60.5 46 34.6
Apr 69.8 55.7 43
May 77.9 65.3 54.1
Jun 86.2 74.6 63.6
Jul 89.2 77.3 66.1
Aug 89.3 76.1 64.7
Sep 81.8 68.1 56.7
Oct 70.4 56.6 44.6
Nov 58.5 45.2 33.8
Dec 44.9 34.2 24.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 5.8 -1.6 -7.4
Feb 6.8 -0.6 -6.3
Mar 15.8 7.8 1.4
Apr 21 13.2 6.1
May 25.5 18.5 12.3
Jun 30.1 23.7 17.6
Jul 31.8 25.2 18.9
Aug 31.8 24.5 18.2
Sep 27.7 20.1 13.7
Oct 21.3 13.7 7
Nov 14.7 7.3 1
Dec 7.2 1.2 -3.9

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Columbia are January, November, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 11th.

When can you find snow in Columbia? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Columbia is often around around December 3rd when fresh powder is deepest. 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 Columbia.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Columbia (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 12% 2.8 1.8
Feb 17% 4.7 2.6
Mar 23% 5.1 3.2
Apr 29% 0 5.9
May 29% 0 4.5
Jun 28% 0 5.2
Jul 21% 0 5
Aug 15% 0 2.7
Sep 21% 0 4.6
Oct 18% 0 4
Nov 14% 1.2 2.6
Dec 19% 2 3.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 12 7.1 4.6
Feb 17 11.9 6.6
Mar 23 13 8.1
Apr 29 0 15
May 29 0 11.4
Jun 28 0 13.2
Jul 21 0 12.7
Aug 15 0 6.9
Sep 21 0 11.7
Oct 18 0 10.2
Nov 14 3 6.6
Dec 19 5.1 8.4

 

Humidity and Wind

Columbia has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (52.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (66.2%).

Wind in Columbia is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and January. April’s average wind speed of around 9.3 knots (10.7 MPH or 17.3 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late April where average top sustained speeds reach 17.5 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 8.9 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Feb 8.9 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Mar 9.2 Gentle breeze 16.2 Significant breeze
Apr 9.3 Gentle breeze 16.8 Significant breeze
May 7.6 Gentle breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Jun 7.3 Gentle breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6 Light breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Aug 5.7 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Sep 6.3 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Oct 7.6 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Nov 8.7 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Dec 8.5 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 56.6%
Feb 57.1%
Mar 54.6%
Apr 52.3%
May 61.3%
Jun 64.3%
Jul 63.6%
Aug 63.1%
Sep 63.7%
Oct 57.4%
Nov 55%
Dec 66.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Columbia?

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 Columbia, MO, US is July, followed by August and February. 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 Columbia in November. 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 41.4 in November means 41.4% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Columbia Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 82.4°F (28°C) and 48.4°F (9.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 9 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

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 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Columbia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 85.1°F (29.5°C) and 52.4°F (11.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 6 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 far too cold this time of year in Columbia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 48.4°F (9.1°C) and 42°F (5.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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