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How is the weather in Washington DC in October?

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This post is about the weather in DC in October, including what to expect with temperatures, rain, and tips on what to wear and things to do.

October is a great time to visit Washington, DC as the weather remains fairly warm but without any of the heat waves that are typical of summer months.  An added benefit is that the tourist crowds of summer are also gone.  So, how is the weather in Washington DC in October?


Early in the month you can expect warm temperatures during the daytime to reach the low to mid 70s F (about 23 C) and occasionally into the 80s F (about 29 C) while early morning lows are mostly in the mid-50s F (about 13 C).

Towards the end of this month the afternoon temperatures are more likely to be in the mid to upper 60s F (about 19 C) with nighttime and early morning temperature in the   should be expected.

What is the average temperature in DC in October

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Skies will be sunny or partly sunny on about 19 days during the month with cloudy conditions prevailing on about 12 days. Some rain can be expected on about 7 or 8 days this month, however, heavier rainfalls of 0.5 inches (about 13mm) or more occur only on 2 or 3 days.

What is the Weather in October like in DC

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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.

Bring a sweater for the cooler days towards the end of this month and a light or medium weight jacket for the cooler evenings.

Don’t forget to pack some comfortable walking shoes and join us on our popular National Mall Tour or our Lincoln Assassination Tour.

What to Wear in DC in October

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

Be sure to read our full post on what to do in DC 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 DC.

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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  1.  Taste of DC
  2. Fall Wine Festival at Mount Vernon
  3. Tour the October House
  4. Take a Ghost Tour
  5. Attend Soul Stroll at Congressional Cemetery
  6. 17th Street High Heel Race
  7. Dupont Circle Halloween Bar Crawl
  8. Vintage Game Night at Woodrow Wilson House
  9. Boo at the National Zoo
  10. Fall Harvest Family Days at Mount Vernon

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


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About The Author

Canden Arciniega

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with 4 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 BBC, NPR, Travel Channel and Discovery Family Channel. Canden is the producer 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 28 countries. Her two children (both under the age of 4) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts.
Updated: October 18th, 2021
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