Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Providence Rhode Island, United States
In Providence, the summers are warm, the winters are very cold and snowy, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 21°F to 83°F and is rarely below 7°F or above 90°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Providence for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
Climate in Providence
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 3 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 73°F. The hottest month of the year in Providence is July, with an average high of 82°F and low of 65°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 3 to March 13, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest month of the year in Providence is January, with an average low of 22°F and high of 37°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Providence
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 Providence
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In Providence, 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 Providence begins around June 25 and lasts for 4.5 months, ending around November 11.
The clearest month of the year in Providence is September, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 62% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 11 and lasts for 7.5 months, ending around June 25.
The cloudiest month of the year in Providence is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Providence
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Providence does not experience significant seasonal variation in the frequency of wet days (i.e., those with greater than 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation). The frequency ranges from 23% to 33%, with an average value of 27%.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Providence is May, with an average of 9.4 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 33% on May 30.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Providence
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. Providence experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Providence. The month with the most rain in Providence is October, with an average rainfall of 3.7 inches.
The month with the least rain in Providence is January, with an average rainfall of 2.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Providence
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Providence experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from November 11 to April 9, with a sliding 31-day snowfall of at least 1.0 inches. The month with the most snow in Providence is January, with an average snowfall of 8.4 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from April 9 to November 11. The least snow falls around July 15, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Snowfall in Providence
The length of the day in Providence varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2022, 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 in Providence
The earliest sunrise is at 5:10 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 13 minutes later at 7:22 AM on November 5. The earliest sunset is at 4:14 PM on December 8, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 10 minutes later at 8:24 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Providence during 2022, starting in the spring on March 13, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 6.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Providence
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2022. 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 in Providence
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.
Providence experiences significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from June 11 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 11% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Providence is July, with 11.3 days that are muggy or worse.
The least muggy day of the year is February 23, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Providence
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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 Providence experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 25 to April 27, with average wind speeds of more than 6.3 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Providence is February, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 27 to October 25. The calmest month of the year in Providence is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Providence
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Providence varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.9 weeks, from September 5 to September 18, with a peak percentage of 32% on September 8. The wind is most often from the west for 12 months, from September 18 to September 5, with a peak percentage of 49% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Providence
Providence 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 3.3 months, from June 25 to October 2, with an average temperature above 62°F. The month of the year in Providence with the warmest water is August, with an average temperature of 68°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.6 months, from December 30 to April 19, with an average temperature below 44°F. The month of the year in Providence with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 38°F.
Average Water Temperature in Providence
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Providence 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 Providence for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
Tourism Score in Providence
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 Providence for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Providence
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.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it 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).
The growing season in Providence typically lasts for 6.4 months (197 days), from around April 12 to around October 26, rarely starting before March 26 or after April 29, and rarely ending before October 7 or after November 14.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Providence
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Providence should appear around April 20, only rarely appearing before April 6 or after May 1.
Growing Degree Days in Providence
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 extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from May 4 to August 19, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.8 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Providence is June, with an average of 6.7 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 month of the year in Providence is December, with an average of 1.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Providence
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Providence are 41.824 deg latitude, -71.413 deg longitude, and 7 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Providence contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 197 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 59 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (577 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,427 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Providence is covered by artificial surfaces (89%) and water (11%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (52%) and trees (39%), and within 50 miles by trees (50%) and water (27%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Providence, 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 Providence.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Providence 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 Providence is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Providence and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Providence and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports 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.
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