Average Weather in Bar Harbor Maine, United States
In Bar Harbor, the summers are comfortable; the winters are freezing, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 16°F to 73°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 81°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Bar Harbor for warm-weather activities is from early July to early September.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 7 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 65°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 73°F and low of 58°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 6 to March 16, with an average daily high temperature below 40°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 16°F and high of 31°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 Bar Harbor, 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 Bar Harbor begins around June 26 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around November 5. On September 3, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 5 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around June 26. On May 8, 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 Bar Harbor varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 9.4 months, from October 18 to July 30, with a greater than 28% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 34% on December 11.
The drier season lasts 2.6 months, from July 30 to October 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 22% on August 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 32% on June 14.
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. Bar Harbor experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Bar Harbor. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around November 6, with an average total accumulation of 4.4 inches.
The least rain falls around January 30, with an average total accumulation of 2.0 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. Bar Harbor experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 5.5 months, from November 3 to April 20, 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 23, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 1.2 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from April 20 to November 3. 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 Bar Harbor varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 8 hours, 50 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 4:47 AM on June 15, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 25 minutes later at 7:12 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 3:53 PM on December 9, and the latest sunset is 4 hours, 28 minutes later at 8:21 PM on June 26.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Bar Harbor 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
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.
Bar Harbor experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from June 27 to September 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 3% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 3, with muggy conditions 11% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 7, 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 Bar Harbor experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from October 10 to April 21, with average wind speeds of more than 9.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 11.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.6 months, from April 21 to October 10. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Bar Harbor varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.3 months, from February 8 to April 16, with a peak percentage of 38% on February 12. The wind is most often from the south for 5.7 months, from April 16 to October 7, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 14. The wind is most often from the west for 4.0 months, from October 7 to February 8, with a peak percentage of 42% on January 1.
Bar Harbor 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 some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from July 5 to October 9, with an average temperature above 53°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 15, with an average temperature of 57°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from January 15 to April 29, with an average temperature below 41°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is March 13, with an average temperature of 38°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bar Harbor 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 Bar Harbor for general outdoor tourist activities is from early July to early September, with a peak score in the second 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 Bar Harbor for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid 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.
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 Bar Harbor typically lasts for 5.9 months (179 days), from around April 27 to around October 23, rarely starting before April 11 or after May 12, and rarely ending before October 4 or after November 11.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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 Bar Harbor should appear around May 24, only rarely appearing before May 16 or after June 3.
Growing Degree Days
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 3.4 months, from May 11 to August 23, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 5.7 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 1, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from October 31 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 2.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 1.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bar Harbor are 44.388 deg latitude, -68.204 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bar Harbor contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 797 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 87 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,532 feet). Within 50 miles also contains very significant variations in elevation (1,532 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bar Harbor is covered by water (63%) and trees (34%), within 10 miles by water (54%) and trees (39%), and within 50 miles by water (56%) and trees (39%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bar Harbor, 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 Bar Harbor.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bar Harbor 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 Bar Harbor is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bar Harbor and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport (93%, 15 kilometers, northwest); St. Stephen, N. B. (4.1%, 119 kilometers, northeast); and Brier Island, N. S. (3.0%, 148 kilometers, east).
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.
The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.
We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.
We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.