Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Virginia United States

We show the climate in Virginia by comparing the average weather in 3 representative places: Richmond, Norfolk, and Arlington.

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Virginia, United States
Virginia, United States
Virginia, United States

Average High and Low Temperature in Virginia

Average High and Low Temperature in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F90°F90°F7029894773344942NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The daily average high and low air temperature at 2 meters above the ground.
Richmond 47°F51°F60°F70°F77°F85°F88°F86°F80°F70°F60°F51°F
Norfolk 50°F52°F60°F69°F77°F84°F88°F86°F80°F71°F62°F54°F
Arlington 43°F46°F56°F66°F75°F83°F87°F85°F78°F67°F56°F47°F
Richmond 30°F32°F39°F48°F57°F65°F69°F68°F61°F50°F40°F34°F
Norfolk 35°F36°F43°F51°F60°F68°F73°F71°F66°F55°F45°F39°F
Arlington 29°F31°F38°F47°F57°F65°F70°F69°F62°F50°F41°F33°F


Average Hourly Temperature in RichmondJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotcoldvery coldfreezing


Average Hourly Temperature in NorfolkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery coldvery cold


Average Hourly Temperature in ArlingtonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMNowNowvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotfreezing
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Chance of Clearer Skies in Virginia

Chance of Clearer Skies in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%64476548NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The percentage of time the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy (i.e., less than 60% of the sky is covered by clouds).
Clearer SkiesJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Richmond 49%49%51%54%53%54%56%60%62%63%56%49%
Norfolk 51%51%53%55%54%53%54%59%61%63%58%52%
Arlington 49%49%51%52%52%55%59%63%64%63%56%50%

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Virginia

Daily Chance of Precipitation in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%4320452140NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The percentage of days in which precipitation is observed, excluding trace quantities.
Days of Precip.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Richmond 7.5d7.2d8.6d8.5d10.9d10.9d12.6d10.8d7.7d6.8d6.7d7.3d
Norfolk 8.6d8.1d9.1d8.9d10.4d11.0d13.2d12.0d8.4d7.1d6.6d7.7d
Arlington 6.8d6.6d8.1d8.9d10.8d11.4d11.6d10.2d7.7d6.9d6.8d7.1d

Average Monthly Rainfall in Virginia

Average Monthly Rainfall in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2.0 in2.0 in2.5 in2.5 in3.0 in3.0 in3.5 in3.5 in4.0 in4.0 in4.5 in4.5 in3.
The average rainfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Richmond 2.4″2.3″3.1″3.3″3.5″3.2″3.4″3.6″3.5″3.2″3.1″2.8″
Norfolk 2.9″2.9″3.2″3.2″3.2″3.4″4.1″4.5″4.0″3.5″2.9″3.0″
Arlington 2.0″2.0″3.0″3.3″3.5″3.4″3.1″3.1″3.3″3.3″3.1″2.7″

Average Monthly Snowfall in Virginia

Average Monthly Snowfall in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 in0 in1 in1 in2 in2 in3 in3 in4 in4 in5 in5 in6 in6 in7 in7 in5.32.06.6NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The average snowfall accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question.
Richmond 4.7″4.8″1.2″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.5″2.5″
Norfolk 1.7″1.9″0.4″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.6″
Arlington 5.8″6.2″1.8″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.0″0.5″3.1″

Hours of Daylight in Virginia

Hours of Daylight in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec4 hr4 hr6 hr6 hr8 hr8 hr10 hr10 hr12 hr12 hr14 hr14 hr16 hr16 hr18 hr18 hr20 hr20 hr14.89.6NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The number of hours during which the Sun is at least partly above the horizon.
Richmond 9.9h10.9h12.0h13.2h14.2h14.7h14.4h13.5h12.4h11.2h10.1h9.6h
Norfolk 10.0h10.9h12.0h13.2h14.2h14.7h14.4h13.5h12.4h11.2h10.2h9.7h
Arlington 9.8h10.8h12.0h13.3h14.3h14.9h14.5h13.6h12.4h11.1h10.0h9.5h

Chance of Muggy Conditions in Virginia

Chance of Muggy Conditions in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%6985NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The percentage of time that is muggy, oppressive, or miserable (i.e., a dew point greater than 65°F).
Muggy daysJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Richmond 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d3.7d12.9d20.3d17.1d7.4d1.2d0.1d0.0d
Norfolk 0.0d0.0d0.1d0.7d5.8d16.5d25.1d23.6d13.5d3.7d0.6d0.2d
Arlington 0.0d0.0d0.0d0.2d3.8d12.6d19.6d17.6d8.5d1.7d0.1d0.0d

Average Wind Speed in Virginia

Average Wind Speed in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mph6.
The average of mean hourly wind speeds at 10 meters above the ground.
Wind Speed (mph)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Norfolk 11.611.711.711.310.

Average Water Temperature in Virginia

Average Water Temperature in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°F80°F80°F78414336NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The daily average wide-area surface water temperature.
Water Temp.JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Richmond 43°F41°F45°F54°F63°F72°F77°F78°F74°F66°F56°F49°F
Norfolk 46°F43°F46°F54°F63°F72°F77°F78°F74°F67°F58°F51°F
Arlington 38°F36°F40°F47°F56°F67°F74°F77°F72°F64°F54°F45°F

Tourism Score in Virginia

Tourism Score in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810106.30.76.7NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The tourism score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F.

Beach/Pool Score in Virginia

Beach/Pool Score in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec002244668810105.
The beach/pool score, which favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F.

Growing Season in Virginia

Growing Season in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%0%20%20%40%40%60%60%80%80%100%100%NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season, defined as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Growing Degree Days in Virginia

Growing Degree Days in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec1,000°F1,000°F2,000°F2,000°F3,000°F3,000°F4,000°F4,000°F5,000°F5,000°FNowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, where growing degree days are defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature (50°F in this case).

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Virginia

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in VirginiaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh6.92.2NowNowRichmondRichmondNorfolkNorfolkArlingtonArlington
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter.
Solar Energy (kWh)JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec

This report illustrates the typical weather for Richmond, Norfolk, and Arlington year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

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