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What is the Weather like in April in DC?

Updated: February 5, 2024

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!


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).

A few mornings dip 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).

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).


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.


Seasonal Outlook - April to June 2024 Washington, DC

There is a 77% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures with near-normal precipitation.


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.


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.

About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Follow On Instagram | I'm a historian & tour guide in Washington DC with 4 published books about the city. I have written for HuffPost Travel and have been featured in the Washington Post, WTOP, and numerous other DC papers. I've also been interviewed by the BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. I am the producer of the podcast, Tour Guide Tell All. I am an authority on D.C. history, and have led tours in the city since 2011. I currently resides in DC, but have also lived in London and South Korea, and have traveled to over 28 countries and every US State but Hawaii. I homeschool my 2 children by exploring the plethora of museums in DC. Read More...
Updated: February 5th, 2024
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