What is the Weather in DC (And How to Prepare for It)

If you’re planning a visit, you’re likely wondering about the weather in DC. What to wear outdoors? What to pack? With so many great things to do in the great outdoors – such as our name your own price walking tours – you need to make sure you’re prepared for whatever the weather may bring. Use this guide to make sure you know what the average day is like whenever you’re vacationing in DC.

Today’s Weather in DC

Check out the current weather forecast in Washington DC with meteoblue.


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Weather Resources for DC

Since most of our tours are outside, we monitor the weather closely and have come to rely on some key sources of information for planning and getting up to date information.

Capital Weather Gang – this Washington Post group has excellent forecasting, but is great at social media so you’re getting updated and often live information. We highly suggest following them on Twitter or subscribing to their forecasts during your trip.

Weather Underground STORM App – this app has a great radar so you can keep an eye on an incoming rainstorms.


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Average Weather in DC by Month

The weather in DC can be unpredictable but there are some common trends throughout the year. The summer in DC is humid – meaning the air can be heavy and feel hotter. February is usually the coldest month but there can be conversational snow in November or April. It doesn’t often snow in large amounts, though even the smallest amount can shut the city down. (Fear not, there is usually at least one museum that can still open. Check out our what to do indoors post for ideas). Thunderstorms are common in summer, and it rains often in Spring but DC rain storms come in waves. The downpour may be heavy but it doesn’t last long and you can usually wait it out under cover until it passes.

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About the author

Canden is a historian and tour guide in Washington DC with three published books about the city. She has traveled extensively and lived in London, UK where she attended University College London for a Masters in History and in Seoul, South Korea where she taught English. While her family is now based in DC, she still explores the world. Her two children (both under the age of 3) have their passports and own frequent flier accounts. She has been a part of the Free Tours by Foot team since 2011.

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