Baltimore Weather

Baltimore WeatherLike most cities in the mid-Atlantic region, Baltimore has four distinct seasons, meaning there's a perfect time of year for virtually every traveler out there. The average temperatures are warmer than that of most of the large Northeastern cities, and the city receives less snowfall than other cities on the Eastern Seaboard, such as Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.

Spring and autumn in Baltimore are, for most people, the ideal times to visit the city. The temperatures in April and May, as well as September and October, hover in the 60s and 70s, with a few balmy 80 degree days popping up here and there. Because the city is located farther South than many other major cities in the Eastern corridor, warm temperatures often continue into November, with the winter season arriving a week or two prior to Thanksgiving.

Winters are short and relatively bearable, beginning in mid-November and continuing until the end of February. The average temperatures range between 29 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and while snow is common in many Northeastern cities during this time of year,Baltimore typically receives bouts of freezing rain and sleet in lieu of snow. Noreasters, or blizzards that typically dump feet of snow on to Northeastern cities in December and January, are rare. However, if a storm travels a path where it is likely to hit the Virginia and Washington D.C. area, Baltimore will also typically see significant snow accumulation. Snow is seen about 10 days a year in the Baltimore area, making it a perfect choice for those who like the benefits of having four distinct seasons, but dislike extremes.

Summers are short but intense, typically lasting only June, July, and August. It is rare for the mercury to climb above the 100 degree Fahrenheit mark, but it is not uncommon to see half the summer hit highs above 90. The city proper and coastal towns are usually several degrees warmer than the outlying areas, due to the existence of an urban heat island in the center of the city. This exists not only because Baltimore proper has seen more construction and urban development, but because the breezes of the Chesapeake Bay do not travel in a manner that moderates the temperature within the city. The result is that although the city is hotter during the summer, it also receives less snow, sleet, and freezing rain than the outlying areas.

In comparison to most of the country, Baltimore has weather that is moderate and comfortable for individuals that enjoy seeing four distinct seasons. However, a majority of the year is defined by Spring and Autumn-like temperatures.