Atlanta Weather

Atlanta Georgia WeatherThose who love spending time outside, lunching on the patio nine months out of every year, and are willing to trade the traditional snowy Winter Wonderland for plenty of 90 degree days at the pool will find a perfect place in Atlanta, Georgia. A rapidly growing city in the Southeast, the city is often dubbed "Hotlanta", due to the number of days each year the mercury hits the 90 degree mark, and the accompanying relative humidity.

Weather in Atlanta is a combination of the temperate climate seen in other large cities on the Eastern Seaboard, and the hot, humid summers found in the deep South. Atlanta is relatively landlocked, and with no breezes or water nearby to naturally regulate the temperatures and humidity, the result is weather that's relatively inconsistent but largely temperate.

While most other cities on the Eastern Seaboard experience four distinct seasons, Atlanta typically has short and mild winters that occupy an 8 week period from mid-December to mid-February. Spring comes early, often before flowers bloom in March, and temperatures steadily climb until reaching a peak in late July or early August. After that, temperatures begin to steadily decline, before the arrival of winter. There is not much difference between Spring and Autumn in Atlanta, and it is often difficult to tell where one season begins and another ends. For that reason, the humid subtropical climate in Atlanta is not considered to feature four distinct seasons.

It is not unheard of for the area to experience 80 degree days in December or February, nor is it unheard of for the area to experience its first frost in early October. Weather patterns are often unpredictable, and residents are used to rapid changes back and forth between seasons.

January is the only month in which Atlanta experiences a traditional winter, and will have the occasional snowstorm, although ice and freezing rain are more frequent problems. The city experiences, on average, two days of snow per year. In addition, total snowfall accumulation is under 3 inches a year.

On the other hand, Atlanta has more days in which precipitation is seen than does Seattle. During an average year in Atlanta, rain will occur once every three days. Like Florida, which has similar precipitation patterns, this is attributed to Atlanta's high relative humidity. However, great accumulation of precipitation generally only occurs as a side effect of hurricanes in the Gulf and off of the Atlantic Ocean.

Because so much of the average year in Atlanta is considered temperate, it is home to a multitude of flowers and trees, creating a beautiful environment. However, the amount of pollen seen in April and May in Atlanta can reach up to one hundred times the healthy level. It's estimated that over 80% of residents develop allergies, even those who never had them before moving to the area. However, most consider it a small price to pay for living in one of the most weather-friendly cities in the United States.