The best times to visit Nantucket Island for ideal weather are

May 7th 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 Nantucket Island Travel Info

Weather in Nantucket Island

Temperature

Average temperatures in Nantucket Island vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 29th 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 Nantucket Island, the hottest months are July, August, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 81°F (27.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.8°F (18.8°C) at night.

Nantucket Island Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Nantucket Island 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.

Nantucket Island Perceived Temperature (F)

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Nantucket Island Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Nantucket Island 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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan37.73022.1
Feb37.529.521.7
Mar44.335.928.1
Apr5646.738.2
May66.357.249.4
Jun72.664.256.4
Jul807264.8
Aug78.27062.3
Sep72.664.356.2
Oct62.754.846.8
Nov52.344.336.2
Dec45.938.531.3

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan3.2-1.1-5.5
Feb3.1-1.4-5.7
Mar6.82.2-2.2
Apr13.38.23.4
May19.1149.7
Jun22.617.913.6
Jul26.722.218.2
Aug25.721.116.8
Sep22.617.913.4
Oct17.112.78.2
Nov11.36.82.3
Dec7.73.6-0.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Nantucket Island are September, July, 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 is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late February and early March with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of February 26th.

When can you find snow in Nantucket Island? Weather stations report 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 Nantucket Island 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 Nantucket Island.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan23%4.83.4
Feb23%73.1
Mar24%23.8
Apr24%04.8
May22%03.6
Jun23%03.1
Jul19%04
Aug20%05.1
Sep16%04.3
Oct20%03.6
Nov19%04.3
Dec29%5.85.4

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan2312.28.6
Feb2317.87.9
Mar245.19.7
Apr24012.2
May2209.1
Jun2307.9
Jul19010.2
Aug20013
Sep16010.9
Oct2009.1
Nov19010.9
Dec2914.713.7

 

Humidity and Wind

Nantucket Island has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (59% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (74.7%).

Wind in Nantucket Island is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and January. April’s average wind speed of around 9.6 knots (11 MPH or 17.8 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 March where average top sustained speeds reach 19.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Avg. Relative Humidity

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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan9.2Gentle breeze17.4Strong breeze
Feb9.1Gentle breeze17.9Strong breeze
Mar9.2Gentle breeze17.6Strong breeze
Apr9.6Gentle breeze18.2Strong breeze
May8.5Gentle breeze16Strong breeze
Jun7.9Gentle breeze15.2Significant breeze
Jul7.7Gentle breeze14.6Strong breeze
Aug7.1Gentle breeze14.4Significant breeze
Sep7.5Gentle breeze15Strong breeze
Oct8.7Gentle breeze16.3Significant breeze
Nov8.9Gentle breeze17Strong breeze
Dec8.7Gentle breeze16.5Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan61%
Feb59.5%
Mar59.5%
Apr59%
May70.4%
Jun72%
Jul74.7%
Aug73.5%
Sep74.4%
Oct69.9%
Nov65.9%
Dec70.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Nantucket Island?

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 Nantucket Island, MA, US 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 Nantucket Island in January. 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 51.4 in January means 51.4% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Nantucket Island Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.7°F (21.5°C) and 38.2°F (3.4°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with roughly 7 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 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Nantucket Island, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 76.3°F (24.6°C) and 49.4°F (9.7°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 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 Nantucket Island to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 47.6°F (8.7°C) and 32.6°F (0.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 9 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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