The best times to visit Washington for ideal weather are
April 16th to June 10th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Washington Travel Guide
Weather in Washington
Average temperatures in Washington vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st 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 Washington, 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 92.4°F (33.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 72.6°F (22.6°C) at night.
Washington Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Washington 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.
Washington Perceived Temperature (F)
Washington Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Washington 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 Washington are September, February, 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 December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.
When can you find snow in Washington? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Washington 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Washington.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Washington (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
Washington has some comfortably humid months, with slightly drier months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (42.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (56.4%).
Wind in Washington is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by February and April. March’s average wind speed of around 8.4 knots (9.6 MPH or 15.5 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 late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 17.2 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Washington.
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||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8.2||Gentle breeze||16.1||Significant breeze|
|Mar||8.4||Gentle breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Apr||7.9||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
|May||7.1||Gentle breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|Jun||6.9||Light breeze||14.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||6.4||Light breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.1||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.4||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.9||Light breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7||Gentle breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.1||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Washington?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Washington, DC, US is March, followed by July 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 Washington in December. 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 Washington Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 86.6°F (30.3°C) and 51.8°F (11°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 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 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Washington, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 88.2°F (31.2°C) and 55.7°F (13.2°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 too cold this time of year in Washington to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 53.1°F (11.7°C) and 43.1°F (6.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.