Average Weather in Versailles Kentucky, United States
In Versailles, the summers are warm and humid; the winters are short, very cold, and wet; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 26°F to 86°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Versailles for warm-weather activities are from early June to early July and from mid July to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 26 to September 21, with an average daily high temperature above 77°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 86°F and low of 68°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 30 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 50°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 26°F and high of 41°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
In Versailles, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Versailles begins around June 14 and lasts for 4.8 months, ending around November 9. On August 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 9 and lasts for 7.2 months, ending around June 14. On January 2, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 59% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 41% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Versailles varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from March 19 to August 21, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 41% on May 13.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from August 21 to March 19. The smallest chance of a wet day is 23% on January 13.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 41% on May 13.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Versailles experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Versailles. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 8, with an average total accumulation of 4.4 inches.
The least rain falls around January 21, with an average total accumulation of 2.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Versailles experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.7 months, from November 30 to March 19, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around February 4, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from March 19 to November 30. The least snow falls around July 20, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Versailles varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 31 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 49 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:15 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 51 minutes later at 8:06 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:19 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 47 minutes later at 9:05 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Versailles during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Versailles experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from May 23 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 16% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 64% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 12, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Versailles experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.6 months, from October 25 to May 14, with average wind speeds of more than 7.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 25, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.4 months, from May 14 to October 25. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Versailles varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 2.5 months, from March 29 to June 13 and for 3.7 months, from August 20 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 39% on November 23. The wind is most often from the west for 2.2 months, from June 13 to August 20 and for 3.6 months, from December 10 to March 29, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 13.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Versailles throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Versailles for general outdoor tourist activities are from early June to early July and from mid July to late September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Versailles for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the last week of July.
The growing season in Versailles typically lasts for 6.6 months (202 days), from around April 9 to around October 28, rarely starting before March 24 or after April 25, and rarely ending before October 11 or after November 14.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Versailles should appear around March 15, only rarely appearing before February 28 or after April 1.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.3 months, from April 24 to September 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 2, with an average of 6.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 9 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Versailles are 38.053 deg latitude, -84.730 deg longitude, and 892 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Versailles contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 174 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 897 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (568 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,243 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Versailles is covered by cropland (64%) and artificial surfaces (36%), within 10 miles by cropland (80%) and trees (13%), and within 50 miles by cropland (60%) and trees (36%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Versailles, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Versailles.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Versailles according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Versailles is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Versailles and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Blue Grass Airport (68%, 11 kilometers, east); Capital City Airport (26%, 21 kilometers, northwest); and Stuart Powell Field (7%, 53 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .