Richmond Weather and Climate

The climate of Richmond is classified as humid subtropical climate. It gets hot and humid during the summers due to the proximity to the James River and Chesapeake Bay. Winters on the other hand, are relatively mind since the mountains block the continental air. The coldest months of the year are December and January when the average temperatures go down to about 20 degree Fahrenheit. The temperature in Richmond hardly ever falls below the freezing point. Summer temperatures can be as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit and this level of warmth can be expected for about 37 days in a year.

Rain in Richmond falls throughout the year; however, there are weeks of dry spells that occur giving some respite to the residents. The dry spells come mainly in autumn making it the best time to visit the city. Despite the weather, snow has been known to fall in the city 7 out of 12 months, but the amount of snow is relatively low compared to some other parts of the country. At times when the snow is heavy, it may remain on the round for about a day or two, but generally melts quickly. Ice storms are also common here, but they are generally not bad enough to do any significant damage.

Flooding can happen in the city due to the tidewater at James River. This is most likely to occur during the month of March. Hurricanes and storms are mainly responsible for this flooding and residents need to be prepared in case of such an eventuality. Some of the hurricanes that have affected the city include Hurricane Connie, Hurricane Diane and Hurricane Gaston.

The weather in the city changes often so it is a good idea to keep an eye on the weater forecast.