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How is the weather in Boston in October?

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This post is an overview of the October weather in Boston, with tips on how to dress and things to do to help make the most of your trip. 

 


HOW COLD IS BOSTON IN OCTOBER?

October is a great month to visit the city with pleasant autumn temperatures perfect for outdoor events during the early part of the month with colder temperatures trending towards the end of the month.

Early in the month, the days can be nice with afternoon temperatures in the upper 60s f (19-20C) and with morning lows in the lower 50s F (about 11C). 

Average Boston Temps in October

 

As the month progresses, afternoon temperatures fall to the upper 50s f (about 14C) while overnight lows drop into the lower 40s F (5-6C).

October is a great time to view the fall colors which normally peak around the middle of the month but this can vary from year to year.

 


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HOW MUCH RAIN DOES BOSTON GET IN OCTOBER?

Skies will be clear or partly sunny on about 19 days with cloudy weather on about 12 days. 

 

How much sun in October in Boston?

Rain can be expected on about 9 days this month, however, significant rainfalls of 0.5 inch (about 13mm) or more occur, on average, on about 3 days so some rain gear might be in order.  

Does it snow in Boston in October?

Snow is rare in Boston in October as measurable snow has been recorded here only on four occasions during this month.

 


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WHAT TO WEAR IN OCTOBER?

The weather here can change quickly in October so it's best to bring along sweaters and A medium to heavy jacket. You should dress in layers so you can adjust according to the temperature.  

  What to Wear in Boston in October

 

Evenings and nights can be cold, especially during the latter half of the month, so the jacket will become a necessity.

 


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WHAT TO DO IN BOSTON IN OCTOBER?

Below are 10 top things to do in October in Boston.

Be sure to read our full post on what to do in Boston in October, 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 Boston.

And if you are planning on visiting many of Boston’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.

 

  1. Head to Salem to learn about the Witch Trials
  2. Go Leaf-Peeking
  3. Spot a Whale on a Whale Watching Trip
  4. Take a Day Trip to Martha's Vineyard
  5. New England Sports Museum
  6. Take a Samuel Adams Brewery Tour
  7. Enjoy a Ghosts & Graveyard's Tour
  8. Go stargazing at the Boston University Observatory
  9. Eat at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  10. Visit the New England Aquarium!

Be sure to check out all the top things to do in October in our main post.

 


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About The Author

Brian Burgess

Brian was born in Cambridge and has been living in the Boston area all his life. He is a graduate of Boston's Emerson College with a degree in communications with a journalism/history focus. He has been leading tours for Free Tours By Foot Boston since it was started in the city of Boston in 2012, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of Boston's rich history with not only the guests on his tours, but with everyone he meets.
Updated: September 25th, 2021
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