The best times to visit Massachusetts for ideal weather are
April 30th to October 7th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Massachusetts Travel Guide
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Weather in Massachusetts
Average temperatures in Massachusetts 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 39th 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 Massachusetts, 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 82.7°F (28.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.6°F (18.7°C) at night.
Massachusetts Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Massachusetts 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.
Massachusetts Perceived Temperature (F)
Massachusetts Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts are September, August, and then November. 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 September. For example, on the week of September 17th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.
When can you find snow in Massachusetts? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late January and early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Massachusetts is often around around January 15th 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 Massachusetts.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Massachusetts (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
Massachusetts has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is March (53.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (68.7%).
Wind in Massachusetts is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and January. March’s average wind speed of around 7.9 knots (9.1 MPH or 14.6 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 to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 16.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Massachusetts.
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||7.6||Gentle breeze||15.3||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.8||Gentle breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.9||Gentle breeze||15.5||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.4||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|May||6.5||Light breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.9||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5.6||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Aug||5.2||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Sep||5.6||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.6||Light breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.1||Gentle breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.5||Gentle breeze||14.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Massachusetts?
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 Massachusetts, United States is July, followed by June and August. 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 Massachusetts 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 Massachusetts Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 73°F (22.8°C) and 38.6°F (3.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with roughly 5 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 comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 4 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Massachusetts, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.6°F (25.3°C) and 48.5°F (9.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 5 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 far too cold this time of year in Massachusetts to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 45.6°F (7.6°C) and 33.5°F (0.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.