Average Weather in Virginia Beach Virginia, United States
In Virginia Beach, the summers are warm and muggy, the winters are chilly and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 34°F to 87°F and is rarely below 23°F or above 93°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 2 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 87°F and low of 73°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from December 5 to March 12, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 34°F and high of 49°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 Virginia Beach, 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 Virginia Beach begins around August 1 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around November 25. On October 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 25 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around August 1. On February 13, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Virginia Beach varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.2 months, from May 23 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 45% on August 5.
The drier season lasts 8.8 months, from August 28 to May 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on October 20.
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 45% on August 5.
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. Virginia Beach experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Virginia Beach. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 14, with an average total accumulation of 4.4 inches.
The least rain falls around May 7, with and average total accumulation of 3.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Virginia Beach does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Virginia Beach varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 38 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 41 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:44 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 7:31 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:47 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:27 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Virginia Beach during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Virginia Beach experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.4 months, from May 24 to October 6, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 21% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 28, with muggy conditions 85% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 1, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Virginia Beach experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from September 29 to May 7, with average wind speeds of more than 6.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 18, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 7 to September 29. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Virginia Beach varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.8 months, from April 1 to August 27, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 29. The wind is most often from the east for 3.3 weeks, from August 27 to September 19, with a peak percentage of 33% on September 7. The wind is most often from the north for 6.4 months, from September 19 to April 1, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 29.
Virginia Beach is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.6 months, from June 14 to October 3, with an average temperature above 71°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 1, with an average temperature of 78°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.5 months, from December 22 to April 6, with an average temperature below 51°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 19, with an average temperature of 44°F.
Average Water Temperature
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
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 17 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 11, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 7 to February 9, 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 Virginia Beach are 36.853 deg latitude, -75.978 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Virginia Beach is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 33 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (118 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (161 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Virginia Beach is covered by water (53%), artificial surfaces (29%), and herbaceous vegetation (15%), within 10 miles by water (61%) and artificial surfaces (25%), and within 50 miles by water (61%) and cropland (14%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Virginia Beach, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Virginia Beach.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Virginia Beach 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 Virginia Beach is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Virginia Beach and a given station.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.