The best times to visit Fairbanks for ideal weather are

April 23rd to September 23rd

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

 

 


Other Fairbanks Travel Info

Weather in Fairbanks

Temperature

Average temperatures in Fairbanks 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 somewhat temperate — in the 45th 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 Fairbanks, 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 59°F (15°C) at night.

Fairbanks Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Fairbanks 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.

Fairbanks Perceived Temperature (F)

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Fairbanks Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Fairbanks 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 36.3 20.7 7.2
Feb 32 18.1 4.8
Mar 54.1 40.2 26.5
Apr 66.8 52.5 39.5
May 76.5 61.4 46.2
Jun 84.1 68.1 52
Jul 88.6 72.9 56.6
Aug 85.3 69.3 55.2
Sep 75.8 60 45.6
Oct 67.2 50.4 35.3
Nov 54.7 40.1 27
Dec 43.3 27 13.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 2.4 -6.3 -13.8
Feb 0 -7.7 -15.1
Mar 12.3 4.6 -3.1
Apr 19.3 11.4 4.2
May 24.7 16.3 7.9
Jun 28.9 20.1 11.1
Jul 31.4 22.7 13.7
Aug 29.6 20.7 12.9
Sep 24.3 15.6 7.6
Oct 19.6 10.2 1.8
Nov 12.6 4.5 -2.8
Dec 6.3 -2.8 -10.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

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

When can you find snow in Fairbanks? 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 Fairbanks.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Fairbanks (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 5% 0 0.4
Feb 5% 0 0.4
Mar 3% 0 0.4
Apr 3% 0 0.4
May 8% 0 0.7
Jun 18% 0 2.2
Jul 24% 0 3.1
Aug 21% 0 2.6
Sep 14% 0 1.5
Oct 10% 0 0.7
Nov 10% 0 0.8
Dec 5% 0 0.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 5 0 1
Feb 5 0 1
Mar 3 0 1
Apr 3 0 1
May 8 0 1.8
Jun 18 0 5.6
Jul 24 0 7.9
Aug 21 0 6.6
Sep 14 0 3.8
Oct 10 0 1.8
Nov 10 0 2
Dec 5 0 1.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Fairbanks has some humid months, with some very dry months. The least humid month is June (12.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is February (64.1%).

Wind in Fairbanks is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and September. March’s average wind speed of around 3.3 knots (3.8 MPH or 6.1 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late March where average top sustained speeds reach 10.8 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 1.8 Barely noticeable 5 Light breeze
Feb 2.5 Barely noticeable 6.1 Light breeze
Mar 3.3 Barely noticeable 8.5 Light breeze
Apr 3.1 Barely noticeable 9.4 Gentle breeze
May 2.9 Barely noticeable 9.2 Light breeze
Jun 2.7 Barely noticeable 8.1 Gentle breeze
Jul 2.7 Barely noticeable 7.1 Light breeze
Aug 2.7 Barely noticeable 8 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.1 Barely noticeable 8.4 Light breeze
Oct 2.3 Barely noticeable 7.1 Gentle breeze
Nov 2.5 Barely noticeable 6.8 Light breeze
Dec 1.9 Barely noticeable 5.5 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 45.6%
Feb 64.1%
Mar 40.1%
Apr 33.5%
May 23.8%
Jun 12.3%
Jul 12.5%
Aug 26.7%
Sep 15.5%
Oct 15.6%
Nov 29.9%
Dec 31.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Fairbanks?

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 Fairbanks, AK, US is July, followed by August and June. 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 Fairbanks 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 35 in November means 35% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Fairbanks Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 79.4°F (26.3°C) and 38.6°F (3.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 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 the most precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Fairbanks, 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 49.3°F (9.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 3 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 Fairbanks to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 45.3°F (7.4°C) and 28.6°F (-1.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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