Hartford Weather and Climate

Hartford is located in a humid, continental zone. The summers in this part of the country are quite hot and sultry. This may not be hot by sub-Saharan standards, but when one goes by New England standards, it indeed is quite warm and hot. Winters, on the other hand, are very cold, and snowfall is something that is very common and regular in this season. The total snowfall that is received by Hartford during the winters is around 114 cm.

The snowfall across all seasons works out to roughly around 117 cm. In fact, Hartford has the history of recording around 293 cm of snowfall during the winter of 1995-1996, which is the highest in the city's history till date. The first snowfall usually takes place during late November and continues intermittently till late March, when the arrival of spring slows down the pace of snowing and summer totally removes it. Though very rare, there have been occasions when snow has occurred in Hartford during the months of September and May.

The summer sees the temperature go up to 90 degree Fahrenheit. However, this never lasts beyond 15 to 20 days, with some very rare exceptions. Winter temperatures go down to as low as 0 degree Fahrenheit (-18 degree Centigrade). During summer, it is very common to experience thunderstorms. At times, these thunderstorms could be very damaging with very violent winds. However, Hartford has very rarely seen devastating tornadoes or storms.

When talking about the weather and climate of Hartford, it would be pertinent to point out that the warmest temperature that has been recorded was 102 degree Fahrenheit on July 3, 1966. On the other end of the spectrum, the coldest temperature recorded in the history of this city was -26 degree Fahrenheit on January 22, 1961. On the whole, summers are pleasant and enjoyable and this is the season that brings out people for outing and picnics.