What is the Weather like in April in DC?

This post is about the weather in April in Washington, D.C., including tips on what to wear and on things to do. If you’re visiting around the turn of the month, look at our weather in March and May posts!

 

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HOW COLD IS DC IN APRIL?

Spring weather fully arrives in the Nation’s Capital during April as the temperatures steadily rise throughout the month. 

Early in April, the morning low temperatures tend to be low to mid-40s F (5-7 C) with a few mornings dipping into the mid-30s F (1-2 C) while the afternoon highs tend to be in the low 60’s F (16-17 C). 

 

What is the Temperature in DC in April?  

As the month progresses, the morning lows warm to the low to mid-50s F (10-12 C) while the afternoon highs are most likely to reach into the low to mid-70s F (21-23 C) with a few of the warmer days reaching or exceeding 82 F (about 28C).

Past Aprils in Washington DC have seen extremes as high as 95 F (35 C) to as low as 24 F (-4.4 C).

 


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HOW MUCH SUN, RAIN, AND SNOW?

About 16 days this month will see sunny or at least partly sunny skies over DC with some form of precipitation falling on about 10-11 days. 

 

Does it rain in April in Washington, DC?

 

Significant precipitation amounts of 0.5 inches (13mm) or more, however, usually occur on only 2 or 3 days. 

Snow is rare this month falling only on about 1 day every 10 years or so.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR IN APRIL?

Be sure to read out post on What to Wear and Pack in DC for advice all year round on DC weather and how to prepare for it.


A medium-weight jacket or coat will be needed for the colder days early this month, however, a sweater or a light windbreaker may be all that is required by month’s end to enjoy this city.

 

What to Wear in DC in April

 

Don’t forget comfortable walking shoes so you can enjoy some of our special springtime walking tours.

A rain jacket or umbrella is a wise addition to your suitcase – but be sure not to bring a pointed umbrella as those are not allowed in many of the secure buildings, such as the US Capitol.

 


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WHAT TO DO IN DC IN APRIL?

Below are 10 top things to do in DC in April.

Be sure to read our full post on what to do in DC in April which includes free things to do, night and family-friendly activities and attractions, as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in DC for any time of year.

And if you are planning on visiting many of DC’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.

 

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Be sure to check out all the top things to do in April as well as our definitive post on the best things to do in DC for any time of year.

 


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About the author

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 3 published books about the city. She has written for HuffPost Travel and has been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. She's also been interviewed by the Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the host of our podcast, Tour Guide Tell All

With a M.A. in History from University College London and a B.A. in History from Elon University, she is an authority on D.C. history, and has led tours in the city for over 10 years. She currently resides in DC, but has also lived in London and South Korea, and has travelled to 25 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.