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Average Weather For Charlottesville, Virginia, USA

Location

This report describes the typical weather at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (Charlottesville, Virginia, United States) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.

Charlottesville, Virginia has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by forests (99%).

Temperature

Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 87°F and is rarely below 15°F or above 94°F.

Daily High and Low Temperature

The daily average low (blue) and high (red) temperature with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

The warm season lasts from May 28 to September 17 with an average daily high temperature above 78°F. The hottest day of the year is July 14, with an average high of 87°F and low of 68°F.

The cold season lasts from November 30 to February 29 with an average daily high temperature below 52°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 27°F and high of 44°F.

Fraction of Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands

The average fraction of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid (below 15°F), freezing (15°F to 32°F), cold (32°F to 50°F), cool (50°F to 65°F), comfortable (65°F to 75°F), warm (75°F to 85°F), hot (85°F to 100°F) and sweltering (above 100°F).
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Sun

The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 9:31 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 14:49 hours of daylight.

Daily Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line), with various degrees of daylight, twilight, and night, indicated by the color bands. From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray): full daylight, solar twilight (Sun is visible but less than 6° from the horizon), civil twilight (Sun is not visible but is less than 6° below the horizon), nautical twilight (Sun is between 6° and 12° below the horizon), astronomical twilight (Sun is between 12° and 18° below the horizon), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:50am on June 14 and the latest sunset is at 8:41pm on June 27. The latest sunrise is at 7:42am on November 3 and the earliest sunset is at 4:53pm on December 9.

Daylight savings time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 11 and ending in the fall on November 4.

Daily Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Savings Time

The solar day over the course of the year 2012 . From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (solar, civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight savings time are indicated by the "DST" labels.

Clouds

The median cloud cover ranges from 38% (mostly clear) to 56% (partly cloudy). The sky is cloudiest on April 28 and clearest on November 3. The clearer part of the year begins around September 11. The cloudier part of the year begins around December 9.

Median Cloud Cover

The median daily cloud cover (black line) with percentile bands (inner band from 40th to 60th percentile, outer band from 25th to 75th percentile).

On November 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 50% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.

On April 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 49% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 38% of the time.

Cloud Cover Types

The fraction of time spent in each of the five sky cover categories. From top (most blue) to bottom (most gray), the categories are clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast. Pink indicates missing data. Outside of the United States clear skies are often reported ambiguously, leading them to be lumped in with the missing data.

Precipitation

The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around June 12, occurring in 47% of days. Precipitation is least likely around October 10, occurring in 33% of days.

Probability of Precipitation at Some Point in the Day

The fraction of days in which various types of precipitation are observed. If more than one type of precipitation is reported in a given day, the more severe precipitation is counted. For example, if light rain is observed in the same day as a thunderstorm, that day counts towards the thunderstorm totals. The order of severity is from the top down in this graph, with the most severe at the bottom.

Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are light rain, moderate rain, and thunderstorms.

Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 37% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 17, when it is observed during 21% of all days.

Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 23% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 10, when it is observed during 11% of all days.

Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 22% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around July 13, when it is observed during 24% of all days.

Types of Precipitation Throughout the Year

Relative frequency of various types of precipitation over the course of a typical year.

During the warm season, which lasts from May 28 to September 17, there is a 43% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (45% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), light rain (30%), and moderate rain (19%).

During the cold season, which lasts from November 30 to February 29, there is a 38% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of light rain (35% of days with precipitation have at worst light rain), moderate rain (22%), light snow (18%), and moderate snow (11%).

Warm Season Precipitation

Cold Season Precipitation

Relative frequency of various types of precipitation during the warm and cold seasons respectively.

Snow

The likelihood of snow falling is highest around February 4, occurring in 17% of days. The season in which it is relatively likely for snow to fall spans from November 27 to March 29.

Probability of Snow Fall Being Reported in a Given Day

Probability that snow will be reported at least once in a given day. The season is defined as the period during which the probability is greater than one third the maximum probability.

Either snow rarely accumulates at this location or snow depth measurements are unavailable or unreliable.

Humidity

The relative humidity typically ranges from 36% (comfortable) to 95% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 18% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).

The air is driest around April 11, at which time the relative humidity drops below 44% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around August 17, exceeding 92% (very humid) three days out of four.

Relative Humidity

The average daily high (blue) and low (brown) relative humidity with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

Dew Point

Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.

Over the course of a year, the dew point typically varies from 14°F (dry) to 71°F (very muggy) and is rarely below -3°F (dry) or above 76°F (very muggy).

There are two periods in the year that are most comfortable: The first is between April 27 and June 10 and the second is between September 8 and October 20. The air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during these periods.

Dew Point

The daily average low (blue) and high (red) dew point with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

Wind

Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 19 mph (fresh breeze).

The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around March 27, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).

The lowest average wind speed of 4 mph (light breeze) occurs around August 16, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 mph (gentle breeze).

Wind Speed

The average daily minimum (red), maximum (green), and average (black) wind speed with percentile bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).
The wind is most often out of the south (15% of the time). The wind is least often out of the south east (3% of the time) and east (4% of the time).

Wind Directions Over the Entire Year

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions over the entire year. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.

Fraction of Time Spent with Various Wind Directions

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions on a daily basis. Stacked values do not always sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.