The best times to visit Rhode 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.
Rhode Island Travel Guide
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Weather in Rhode Island
Average temperatures in Rhode Island vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 62nd 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 Rhode Island, 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 82.2°F (27.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68°F (20°C) at night.
Rhode Island Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Rhode Island 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.
Rhode Island Perceived Temperature (F)
Rhode Island Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Rhode 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.
|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 Rhode Island are August, September, and then May. 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 early October with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of October 1st.
When can you find snow in Rhode Island? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Rhode 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 Rhode Island.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Rhode Island (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
Rhode Island has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is March (52.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (68.8%).
Wind in Rhode Island is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 9.3 knots (10.7 MPH or 17.1 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 16.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Rhode Island.
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||8.5||Gentle breeze||14.9||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.9||Gentle breeze||15.5||Significant breeze|
|Mar||9.3||Gentle breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Apr||8.8||Gentle breeze||15.5||Significant breeze|
|May||8||Gentle breeze||14.1||Significant breeze|
|Jun||7.4||Gentle breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7||Gentle breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.6||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.2||Gentle breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Oct||8.2||Gentle breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|Nov||8.5||Gentle breeze||14.6||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8.6||Gentle breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Rhode 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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode 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
Overall Rhode Island Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 72.4°F (22.4°C) and 40°F (4.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with roughly 3 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 2 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Rhode Island, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.1°F (25.1°C) and 49°F (9.4°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 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 Rhode Island to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 46°F (7.8°C) and 34.5°F (1.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.