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The Weather in Washington DC in October

Updated: January 31, 2024

This post is about the weather in DC in October, including what to expect with temperatures and 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. 

As a retired meteorologist turned tour guide, I didn't expect that I would use my experience as a forecaster in my new career in tourism.

But here I am, finding myself answering more weather questions as a blogger than I ever did as a weatherman.

So, here are some frequently asked questions about the weather in 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).

Early morning lows are mostly in the mid-50s F (about 13 C).

What is the average temperature in DC in October

Towards the end of this month, the afternoon temperatures are more likely to be in the mid to upper 60s F (about 19 C).


Skies will be sunny or partly sunny on about 19 days during the month with cloudy conditions prevailing on about 12 days.

What is the Weather in October like in DC

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.

Seasonal Outlook - October to December 2024 Washington DC

There is a 78% chance for normal to above-normal temperatures and near-normal precipitation.


Be sure to read our 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.

What to Wear in DC in October

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


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.

it 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.

If you are planning on visiting many of DC’s top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass.

These passes could save you up to 50% of retail ticket prices for tours, attractions, and restaurants.

  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.

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: January 31st, 2024
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