Average Weather in Hartford Connecticut, United States
In Hartford, the summers are warm, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 84°F and is rarely below 6°F or above 92°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Hartford for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The warm season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 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 84°F and low of 66°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 2 to March 11, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 21°F and high of 36°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 Hartford, 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 Hartford begins around June 25 and lasts for 4.5 months, ending around November 11. On September 6, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 11 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around June 25. On February 28, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 54% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 46% 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 Hartford varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.5 months, from April 2 to August 20, with a greater than 29% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 35% on May 30.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from August 20 to April 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on January 29.
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 35% on May 30.
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. Hartford experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Hartford. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around October 4, with an average total accumulation of 3.9 inches.
The least rain falls around January 24, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 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. Hartford experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from November 8 to April 11, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.1 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from April 11 to November 8. The least snow falls around July 21, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Hartford varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 8 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 13 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:15 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 10 minutes later at 7:25 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:19 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 10 minutes later at 8:29 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Hartford 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
Hartford experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from June 7 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 11% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 30, with muggy conditions 46% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 14, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Hartford experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from November 6 to April 24, with average wind speeds of more than 5.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is February 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.4 months, from April 24 to November 6. The calmest day of the year is August 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Hartford varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 weeks, from May 11 to May 24 and for 2.0 months, from July 31 to September 29, with a peak percentage of 35% on July 31. The wind is most often from the west for 2.2 months, from May 24 to July 31 and for 7.4 months, from September 29 to May 11, with a peak percentage of 40% on July 7.
Hartford 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 3.5 months, from June 25 to October 11, with an average temperature above 64°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 71°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.5 months, from December 31 to April 15, with an average temperature below 44°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 21, with an average temperature of 37°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Hartford 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 Hartford for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid 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 Hartford for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the last 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 Hartford typically lasts for 6.4 months (194 days), from around April 12 to around October 23, rarely starting before March 25 or after April 30, and rarely ending before October 5 or after November 12.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Hartford should appear around April 17, only rarely appearing before April 4 or after April 28.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 2 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 30, with an average of 6.9 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 4 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Hartford are 41.764 deg latitude, -72.685 deg longitude, and 75 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Hartford contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 180 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 71 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (928 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,605 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Hartford is covered by artificial surfaces (96%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (59%) and trees (35%), and within 50 miles by trees (73%) and artificial surfaces (13%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Hartford, 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 Hartford.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Hartford 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 Hartford is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Hartford and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .