Boston Weather

Weather in Boston, MAOf all the major Northeastern cities, Boston is the most well-known for attracting cold weather aficionados and those who aren't afraid of a little bit of snow. However, Boston isn't just about beautiful winters. It actually has four distinct seasons, each of which have different things to offer, whether you're traveling to the Boston area or choosing to call it your home.

Boston offers a humid continental climate which is greatly influenced by the city's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. This can greatly affect the weather patterns from year to year. Although there are four distinct seasons in Boston, the length and intensity of the seasons is variable and largely determined by wind patterns.

For those who enjoy the convenience of living in the Northeastern corridor, consisting of many of the most populated cities in the United States, but dislike the hot and humid summers, Boston is an excellent place to call home. While most other cities spend June, July, and August in the 90-degree zone with a high relative humidity, Boston's high temperature is around 80 degrees in the summer months.

In fact, although Boston is credited with having four distinct seasons, temperatures start hitting the upper 60s in April, peak at 80 in mid-summer, and return to the 60s until October, or even November. The moderate temperatures are due to the wind patterns from the Atlantic Ocean. If you're considering a visit to Boston from another part of the country, don't be surprised if Spring, Summer, and Autumn all feel relatively similar. This is one of the reasons Boston is known for beautiful scenery, an array of outdoor activities, and is widely considered one of the most desirable places to live.

On the other hand, winters can be brutal compared to the rest of the Eastern Corridor. Due to its location, Boston is frequently hit by Nor'easters, or blizzards that hit cities on the East Coast when fronts from Canada and the Atlantic Ocean combine. These typically affect cities from New Hampshire to Washington D.C. and Virginia, and can shut down even major cities for up to a week at a time.

Temperatures range, on average, from 22 to 40 degrees during the winter months, making virtually any day that experiences precipitation a day that the area will receive snow, sleet, freezing rain, or ice. The coldest month is January, where single digit lows are not unheard of. On average, Boston gets about 50 inches of snow a year, most of it within a 90 day period. Like much of the Northeast, the area has become accustomed to the rough weather, and most people are able to get around easily, despite the constant presence of a few inches of snow on the ground.

While one of the most beautiful cities the U.S. has to offer, sun-worshippers aren't likely to feel at home in Boston, where sweaters and scarves can be seen virtually any day of the year.