The best times to visit Salem for ideal weather are

April 16th to June 17th

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

 

 


Other Salem Travel Info

Weather in Salem

Temperature

Average temperatures in Salem 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 25th 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 Salem, 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 89.3°F (31.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.3°F (19.6°C) at night.

Salem Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Salem 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.

Salem Perceived Temperature (F)

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Salem Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Salem 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 48.9 36.7 26.6
Feb 51.3 38.3 27.2
Mar 62.3 48.5 37.3
Apr 72.6 58.2 45.2
May 79.3 66.6 54.6
Jun 87.3 74.5 63.1
Jul 88.8 76.5 66.2
Aug 87.7 75.2 64.8
Sep 82 69 58.2
Oct 71.9 58.6 47.1
Nov 60.8 47.5 36.1
Dec 53.3 41.7 32.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 9.4 2.6 -3
Feb 10.7 3.5 -2.7
Mar 16.8 9.2 2.9
Apr 22.6 14.6 7.3
May 26.3 19.2 12.6
Jun 30.7 23.6 17.3
Jul 31.6 24.7 19
Aug 30.9 24 18.2
Sep 27.8 20.6 14.6
Oct 22.2 14.8 8.4
Nov 16 8.6 2.3
Dec 11.8 5.4 0.1

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Salem are February, November, 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 November. For example, on the week of November 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 9th.

When can you find snow in Salem? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Salem is often around around December 17th 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 Salem.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Salem (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 16% 2.6 2.8
Feb 15% 6.6 2.2
Mar 25% 2.1 3.9
Apr 26% 2.2 4
May 25% 0 3.9
Jun 28% 0 4.4
Jul 27% 0 5.2
Aug 21% 0 3.9
Sep 17% 0 4
Oct 17% 0 3.3
Nov 16% 0 3.3
Dec 23% 3.9 4.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 16 6.6 7.1
Feb 15 16.8 5.6
Mar 25 5.3 9.9
Apr 26 5.6 10.2
May 25 0 9.9
Jun 28 0 11.2
Jul 27 0 13.2
Aug 21 0 9.9
Sep 17 0 10.2
Oct 17 0 8.4
Nov 16 0 8.4
Dec 23 9.9 10.9

 

Humidity and Wind

Salem has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (40.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (61.2%).

Wind in Salem is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by March and January. February’s average wind speed of around 7.1 knots (8.2 MPH or 13.2 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 17.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 6.7 Light breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Feb 7.1 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Mar 6.7 Light breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Apr 6.5 Light breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
May 5.1 Light breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Jun 5 Light breeze 13 Significant breeze
Jul 4.5 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Aug 4.2 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.9 Barely noticeable 10.5 Significant breeze
Oct 5 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Nov 5.3 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Dec 5.6 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 43.7%
Feb 40.1%
Mar 41.9%
Apr 43.4%
May 55.2%
Jun 56.5%
Jul 57.9%
Aug 60%
Sep 61.2%
Oct 54.9%
Nov 47.6%
Dec 53.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Salem?

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 Salem, VA, US is October, followed by June and March. 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 Salem in February. 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 27.5 in February means 27.5% of the tourists vs. October.

 

 

Overall Salem Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 85.4°F (29.7°C) and 53°F (11.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with roughly 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the 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 moderate precipitation with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Salem, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 86.5°F (30.3°C) and 56.9°F (13.8°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: approximately 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 too cold this time of year in Salem to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 55.3°F (12.9°C) and 46.9°F (8.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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