The best times to visit Louisville for ideal weather are

April 23rd to May 20th

or

September 17th 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.

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Louisville Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Louisville

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Louisville vary somewhat and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 86 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Louisville, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late August to early September where highs are regularly around 67.7°F (19.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 50.3°F (10.2°C) at night.

    Louisville Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Average
    Low

    Louisville Temperatures (Celsius)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    “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.

    Louisville Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Louisville Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Louisville 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 43.3 33.2 24.6
    Feb 45.6 34.9 25.9
    Mar 60.5 48.2 37.9
    Apr 71.2 58.6 46.9
    May 79.4 67.9 57.1
    Jun 87 76.1 65.6
    Jul 88.5 77.8 67.8
    Aug 88.9 77.4 66.9
    Sep 83 70.9 60.2
    Oct 71.5 58.5 47.7
    Nov 59.2 47.1 36.6
    Dec 49 39.5 31.5

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 6.3 0.7 -4.1
    Feb 7.6 1.6 -3.4
    Mar 15.8 9 3.3
    Apr 21.8 14.8 8.3
    May 26.3 19.9 13.9
    Jun 30.6 24.5 18.7
    Jul 31.4 25.4 19.9
    Aug 31.6 25.2 19.4
    Sep 28.3 21.6 15.7
    Oct 21.9 14.7 8.7
    Nov 15.1 8.4 2.6
    Dec 9.4 4.2 -0.3

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Louisville are April, December, and then May. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late August to early September. For example, on the week of August 27th there are only 1.6 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early May with an average of 3.6 days with significant precipitation the week of April 30th.

    When can you find snow in Louisville? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to early March. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around November 12th. 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 Louisville.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 41.4 1.9 0.1
    Feb 41.4 2.6 0.11
    Mar 41.4 3.8 0.15
    Apr 47.1 0 0.21
    May 41.4 0 0.17
    Jun 40 0 0.15
    Jul 38.6 0 0.15
    Aug 25.7 0 0.1
    Sep 30 0 0.14
    Oct 32.9 0 0.15
    Nov 34.3 1.9 0.11
    Dec 47.1 1.4 0.16

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 41.4 4.8 0.25
    Feb 41.4 6.6 0.28
    Mar 41.4 9.7 0.38
    Apr 47.1 0 0.53
    May 41.4 0 0.43
    Jun 40 0 0.38
    Jul 38.6 0 0.38
    Aug 25.7 0 0.25
    Sep 30 0 0.36
    Oct 32.9 0 0.38
    Nov 34.3 4.8 0.28
    Dec 47.1 3.6 0.41

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Louisville has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is April (50.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (66.9%).

    Wind in Louisville is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by February and January. April’s average wind speed of around 7.5 knots (8.6 MPH or 13.9 KPH) is considered “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 16.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 7.3 a gentle breeze 13.6 a moderate breeze
    Feb 7.4 a gentle breeze 14.1 a moderate breeze
    Mar 7.2 a gentle breeze 13.9 a moderate breeze
    Apr 7.5 a gentle breeze 15.4 a moderate breeze
    May 6 a light breeze 12.9 a moderate breeze
    Jun 5.6 a light breeze 13 a moderate breeze
    Jul 4.9 a light breeze 11.7 a moderate breeze
    Aug 4.6 a light breeze 11 a moderate breeze
    Sep 4.9 a light breeze 10.9 a moderate breeze
    Oct 5.8 a light breeze 12.2 a moderate breeze
    Nov 6.2 a light breeze 12.2 a moderate breeze
    Dec 6.9 a light breeze 12.9 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 60.2
    Feb 57.1
    Mar 53.1
    Apr 50.4
    May 59.5
    Jun 60.6
    Jul 63
    Aug 60
    Sep 59.4
    Oct 57.6
    Nov 55.7
    Dec 66.9

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Louisville?

    As of 6/22/2017 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.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Louisville, KY (USA) is June, followed by July and April. 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 Louisville 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

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 40.4 in November means 40.4% of the tourists vs. June.

    Overall Louisville Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 63.8°F (17.7°C) and 37.5°F (3.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is frequent with 13 to 14 days of precipitation per month. Spring is busy 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 8 to 12 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Louisville, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 65.3°F (18.5°C) and 40.4°F (4.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 9 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is far too cold this time of year in Louisville to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 37.3°F (2.9°C) and 31.3°F (-0.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a great amount: 12 to 15 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

     

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