Average Weather in Galax Virginia, United States
In Galax, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 82°F and is rarely below 13°F or above 88°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Galax for warm-weather activities is from early June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 27 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 74°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 82°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 30 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 27°F and high of 43°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Galax, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Galax begins around July 27 and lasts for 3.6 months, ending around November 13. On September 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 13 and lasts for 8.4 months, ending around July 27. On December 27, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Galax varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from April 18 to August 28, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 47% on July 13.
The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from August 28 to April 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on October 30.
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 47% on July 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. Galax experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Galax. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 19, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The least rain falls around February 8, with an average total accumulation of 2.2 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. Galax experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from November 19 to March 31, 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 5, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.6 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from March 31 to November 19. The least snow falls around July 30, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Galax varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 39 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 40 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:04 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 48 minutes later at 7:52 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:07 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 39 minutes later at 8:46 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Galax during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases
Galax experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from June 1 to September 19, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 15% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 59% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 12, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Galax experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.0 months, from November 7 to May 6, with average wind speeds of more than 5.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.0 months, from May 6 to November 7. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Galax varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.4 months, from August 24 to October 4, with a peak percentage of 29% on September 17. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from October 4 to August 24, with a peak percentage of 43% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Galax 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 time of year to visit Galax for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to mid 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 Galax for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the third week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season in Galax typically lasts for 6.6 months (201 days), from around April 9 to around October 28, rarely starting before March 23 or after April 28, and rarely ending before October 8 or after November 17.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Galax should appear around March 23, only rarely appearing before March 8 or after April 10.
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 4.0 months, from April 24 to August 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 7.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 8 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Galax are 36.661 deg latitude, -80.924 deg longitude, and 2,372 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Galax contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 659 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,511 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,313 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,190 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Galax is covered by trees (56%), cropland (33%), and artificial surfaces (11%), within 10 miles by trees (76%) and cropland (23%), and within 50 miles by trees (75%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Galax, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Galax.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Galax 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 Galax is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Galax and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Hillsville (57%, 15 kilometers, northeast); Mount Airy/Surry County Airport (11%, 40 kilometers, southeast); Marion / Wytheville (13%, 46 kilometers, northwest); Ashe County Airport (10%, 51 kilometers, southwest); and North Wilkesboro, Wilkes County Airport (9%, 51 kilometers, south).
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .