Today in Indianapolis, United States
Showers and thunderstorms. Lows overnight in the mid 40s.
Thunderstorms likely. Low 46F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
This weather data was last updated 2017-11-18 01:22:48.
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The city of Indianapolis has humid continental climate. There are four seasons which can be defined in Indianapolis weather. Three of those seasons can be described as comfortable though the summers can get hot and humid. The winters, on the other hand, can be really cold and snowfall is above average. Spring and fall are the seasons which are the most pleasant in Indianapolis weather. The temperatures during the spring hover around 65 Fahrenheit (18 Celsius). The fall does have the same types of temperatures; however, it is less predictable as far as weather than the spring. The rain does fall in the city of Indianapolis and it mostly falls in the late spring and the summer. The hottest month is July, which is also the wettest month.
The Winters In Indianapolis
The snowiest month in Indianapolis weather is January with a total of 7.5 days with snow. The average amount of snow in Indianapolis weather is 8.6 inches (21.8 cm) but it is not rare to see three days in a row when the snow does not stop. The second snowiest month is December with a total of 6.9 inches on average spread throughout an average of 6.3 days. January is also the coldest month of the year, when the average highs reach only 34 degrees Fahrenheit while the lows hit an average of 19 degrees Fahrenheit for the entire month. The second coldest month, as it is the case with snowfall, is December when the highs reach 38 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows hang around 23.
Averages Are Not Set In Stone
Though the numbers that you just read are averages, those can change from year to year. One in every four years you will probably see less than three inches of snow in December, for example but one in every four years that average is 10.8 inches of snow in the same month. In heavy years, February will see a total of 9.3 inches of snowfall but some light years will only have 2.6 inches. The first snow in Indianapolis weather is usually seen in the month of November. It can snow in October, but that is rare. The last snowfall in Indianapolis weather is usually seen in the month of March but it has happened as late as April in the past.
Hot Indianapolis Weather
The summers in Indianapolis weather can be hot in some years. To give you an idea of how hot Indianapolis weather can get, the month of July has an average high of 84 Fahrenheit but the hottest recorded temperature in the city of Indianapolis is 106 degrees Fahrenheit or 41 Celsius. Add to that the fact that humidity can be really high in the city of Indianapolis and it felt much hotter. That temperature was recorded back in the month of July of 1954. Lately the city has seen the averages increase so expect hot days if you are visiting the city in the summer or if you are moving to Indianapolis.
The summers also see most of the rain in Indianapolis weather. Though most of the rain falls in the month of July, May and June are not that far behind. This time of the year is also when powerful thunderstorms are seen in the city. July sees an average of 4.42 inches of rain every year while June sees a total of 4.13 inches. Most of the severe thunderstorm warnings happen at this time of the year so it is important to stay updated with the weather forecast. The hottest days can welcome some rain but the storms seen in Indianapolis can in fact be dangerous. Indianapolis has also seen its fair share of large hail when the thunderstorms hit the city.
Extreme Weather In Indianapolis
While Indianapolis weather has seen tornados in the past, the ones that are actually in the city have not been as powerful with the strongest in the area being only an 0 F. Once you drive a little further from Indianapolis, you will see a few tornados in history that have been much more powerful. Back in June of 2008, one F3 passed only close to 33 miles away from the city. Due to the early warning system there was only one death and eight injuries because of that storm. Back in 1998 in the month of June an F4 tornado passed 11 miles away from the city of Indianapolis which is the most powerful storm to hit that close to the city within the last 25 years.