The best times to visit Downtown Chattanooga for ideal weather are
April 2nd to May 27th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Downtown Chattanooga Travel Guide
Other Downtown Chattanooga Travel Info
Weather in Downtown Chattanooga
Average temperatures in Downtown Chattanooga vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 16th 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 Downtown Chattanooga, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 93.1°F (33.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.8°F (21.6°C) at night.
Downtown Chattanooga Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Downtown Chattanooga Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Downtown Chattanooga Perceived Temperature (F)
Downtown Chattanooga Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Downtown Chattanooga 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Downtown Chattanooga are September, August, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid to late November. For example, on the week of November 19th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late March with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of March 26th.
When can you find snow in Downtown Chattanooga? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early to mid January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Downtown Chattanooga is often around around January 8th 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 Downtown Chattanooga.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Downtown Chattanooga (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Downtown Chattanooga has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (49.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (64.2%).
Wind in Downtown Chattanooga is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by March and April. February’s average wind speed of around 5.4 knots (6.3 MPH or 10.1 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 late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 14.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Downtown Chattanooga.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||4.8||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.4||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.3||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Apr||4.9||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|May||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.9||Significant breeze|
|Jun||3.5||Barely noticeable||12||Significant breeze|
|Jul||3.3||Barely noticeable||11||Significant breeze|
|Aug||3.1||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||2.9||Barely noticeable||9.1||Significant breeze|
|Oct||3.6||Barely noticeable||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.3||Significant breeze|
|Dec||4.2||Light breeze||10.5||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Downtown Chattanooga?
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 Downtown Chattanooga, TN, US is June, followed by March and July. 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 Downtown Chattanooga 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
Overall Downtown Chattanooga Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 87.9°F (31.1°C) and 59.9°F (15.5°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 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 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Downtown Chattanooga, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 89.5°F (31.9°C) and 59.6°F (15.3°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 6 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Downtown Chattanooga to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 60.1°F (15.6°C) and 52°F (11.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.