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.
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.
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.