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Washington DC Weather
Washington DC or the District of Columbia is the capital of the US and it is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the country. The climate in the District of Columbia displays four distinct seasons in a humid subtropical climate. The climate in the District is pretty similar to what you would find in most of the mid-Atlantic areas. The spring and the fall tend to be warm while winters tend to be cool with an average of 15.6 inches (40 centimeters) each year. Its location in the mid-Atlantic ensures that Washington DC weather does not have as cold a winter as states up north such as New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Blizzards can affect the area and they do so in DC about every five years.
The humid subtropical climate in the District of Columbia means that the temperatures can be hot and humid during the summer months. The hottest month is July which has an average high temperature of 88.5 Fahrenheit (31.4 Celsius). It is normal for the temperatures to go over 90 Fahrenheit (32.2 Celsius) for a good amount of days during the summer and over 100 Fahrenheit (37.78 Celsius) for about 8 days a year. Though the hottest temperature ever recorded in Washington DC weather is 106 Fahrenheit (41 Celsius) the humidity can make it feel much hotter than that so check current temperatures by visiting Washington DC Weather.Net. The hot temperatures can go all the way through September in Washington DC.
Washington DC weather does not experience extremely cold temperatures though they have gotten as low as -15 Fahrenheit (-26 Celsius). The coldest month of the year is January when the average low temperature is 28.7 Fahrenheit (-1.8 Celsius). January and February are the only months of the year with an average low temperature below freezing. Of course, freezing temperatures have been felt other months but nothing past April or before October. The winters are a great time to visit Washington DC because daytime temperatures are great and winds are not really a problem but we at www.washingtondcweather.net recommend that you are ready for the Washington DC temperatures by bundling up. In case of a cold snap you will want to pay attention to forecasts.
The District of Columbia gets precipitation throughout the year and there is no dry or rainy season. The month with the least amount of precipitation is February when the District only gets 2.58 inches (65.5 millimeters) of precipitation while the month with the most precipitation is May with a total of 3.99 inches (101.3 millimeters). If you have heard the phrase when it rains, it pours whoever said that first may have been in Washington DC because although rain showers do not happen every day when they do happen they can be powerful so we at Washington DC Weather.Net advise you to bring your umbrella. You might not need it but it is always good to have to fend off Washington DC weather.
Washington DC does get a fair amount of snow each year but nothing in comparison to what you see in the northeast which is really not that far. Throughout the year the District gets 15.5 inches (39.4 centimeters) of snow. Snow can happen as early as October and as late as March. In some cases April has seen some flurries but nothing that accumulates. January and February get on average the same amount of snow each year at 5.7 inches (14.5 centimeters). If you are visiting during the winter, we at www.washingtondcweather.net love going to the Washington Mall after snow. Blizzards and northeasters can happen in Washington DC. During those storms traveling can become hazardous and it is recommended that you stay off the roads.
The District of Columbia is not shielded from extreme weather. During the winter northeasters can cover the city in snow while the heat and humidity of the city during the summer makes frequent thunderstorms happen. The area has seen a few tornados in its past, one of which in 2001 passed by the Pentagon and damaged some trees in DC. Finally the District of Columbia is located in the east coast and that means that hurricanes can affect the area but more likely what you will see is a weak tropical storm type event. Whenever you choose to visit Washington DC it is a good idea to keep an eye out for the possibility of changing weather. The best time to visit DC is the spring.
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