The best times to visit Columbus for ideal weather are

May 7th to July 1st

or

August 6th 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 Columbus Travel Info

Weather in Columbus

Temperature

Average temperatures in Columbus vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 37th 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 Columbus, 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 88.5°F (31.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 66°F (18.9°C) at night.

Columbus Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Columbus 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.

Columbus Perceived Temperature (F)

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Columbus Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Columbus 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 34.4 22.4 12.6
Feb 36.7 24.6 15.5
Mar 54.3 39.7 29
Apr 63.9 49.9 38.5
May 74.8 61.6 50.7
Jun 83.5 71.5 61.1
Jul 87.5 75.8 65
Aug 84.6 72.6 61.9
Sep 79.3 65.3 53.5
Oct 65 51.2 40.3
Nov 51.7 38.3 27.7
Dec 35.5 24.7 15.8

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 1.3 -5.3 -10.8
Feb 2.6 -4.1 -9.2
Mar 12.4 4.3 -1.7
Apr 17.7 9.9 3.6
May 23.8 16.4 10.4
Jun 28.6 21.9 16.2
Jul 30.8 24.3 18.3
Aug 29.2 22.6 16.6
Sep 26.3 18.5 11.9
Oct 18.3 10.7 4.6
Nov 10.9 3.5 -2.4
Dec 1.9 -4.1 -9

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Columbus are January, November, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid August with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of August 6th.

When can you find snow in Columbus? 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 Columbus.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Columbus (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 1% 0 0.2
Feb 4% 0 0.3
Mar 7% 0 1.8
Apr 17% 0 2.2
May 20% 0 3.6
Jun 25% 0 5
Jul 14% 0 1.8
Aug 18% 0 3.1
Sep 15% 0 1.7
Oct 13% 0 2.2
Nov 4% 0 0.6
Dec 4% 0 0.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 1 0 0.5
Feb 4 0 0.8
Mar 7 0 4.6
Apr 17 0 5.6
May 20 0 9.1
Jun 25 0 12.7
Jul 14 0 4.6
Aug 18 0 7.9
Sep 15 0 4.3
Oct 13 0 5.6
Nov 4 0 1.5
Dec 4 0 1.5

 

Humidity and Wind

Columbus has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (46.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (64.3%).

Wind in Columbus is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 10.4 knots (11.9 MPH or 19.2 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 early April where average top sustained speeds reach 19.8 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 8.6 Gentle breeze 17.7 Strong breeze
Feb 8.6 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
Mar 9.2 Gentle breeze 17.9 Strong breeze
Apr 10.4 Gentle breeze 19.3 Strong breeze
May 9.2 Gentle breeze 18.1 Strong breeze
Jun 7.6 Gentle breeze 16.3 Significant breeze
Jul 6.2 Light breeze 13.2 Strong breeze
Aug 6.1 Light breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Sep 6.6 Light breeze 13.7 Strong breeze
Oct 7.9 Gentle breeze 16.1 Significant breeze
Nov 8.2 Gentle breeze 16.7 Strong breeze
Dec 8.1 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 55.6%
Feb 55.6%
Mar 49.9%
Apr 46.4%
May 49.9%
Jun 56.3%
Jul 60.4%
Aug 64.3%
Sep 55.4%
Oct 50.4%
Nov 49.2%
Dec 59%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Columbus?

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 Columbus, NE, 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 Columbus 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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 42.4 in November means 42.4% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Columbus Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 80°F (26.7°C) and 37.7°F (3.2°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 2 to 6 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 the most precipitation with 4 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Columbus, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 81.1°F (27.3°C) and 44.7°F (7.1°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 4 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 Columbus to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 39.9°F (4.4°C) and 32.6°F (0.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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