The best times to visit Shenandoah Valley for ideal weather are
April 23rd to July 1st
August 27th to October 28th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Shenandoah Valley Travel Guide
Other Shenandoah Valley Travel Info
Weather in Shenandoah Valley
Average temperatures in Shenandoah Valley vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 43rd 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 Shenandoah Valley, 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 88°F (31.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.5°F (18.1°C) at night.
Shenandoah Valley Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Shenandoah Valley 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.
Shenandoah Valley Perceived Temperature (F)
Shenandoah Valley Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Shenandoah Valley 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 Shenandoah Valley are September, 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 mid to late November. For example, on the week of November 19th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.
When can you find snow in Shenandoah Valley? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Shenandoah Valley.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Shenandoah Valley (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
Shenandoah Valley has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (48.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (65.6%).
Wind in Shenandoah Valley is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 4.6 knots (5.3 MPH or 8.5 KPH) is considered “a light 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 13.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shenandoah Valley.
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||4.2||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Feb||4.5||Light breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Mar||4.6||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Apr||4.5||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|May||3.5||Barely noticeable||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Jun||3.2||Barely noticeable||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Jul||2.7||Barely noticeable||9.9||Significant breeze|
|Aug||2.4||Barely noticeable||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||2.7||Barely noticeable||9.4||Significant breeze|
|Oct||3.2||Barely noticeable||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.3||Barely noticeable||10.3||Significant breeze|
|Dec||3.5||Barely noticeable||10.7||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Shenandoah Valley?
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 Shenandoah Valley, VA, US is March, followed by February and June. 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 Shenandoah Valley 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 Shenandoah Valley Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.3°F (29.1°C) and 49.7°F (9.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 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 4 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Shenandoah Valley, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 85.1°F (29.5°C) and 53.5°F (11.9°C), which will feel chilly 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 too cold this time of year in Shenandoah Valley to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 52.8°F (11.6°C) and 42.7°F (5.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.