Indianapolis Weather

JFK Airport Terminal DinningLike a majority of the cities in the surrounding area, Indianapolis has four distinct seasons, meaning that there's a perfect time of year to visit for nearly everyone. A majority of visitors and residents alike are likely to enjoy the Spring and Autumn seasons, where temperatures average around 65 degrees. However, these times of year can often be unpredictable, owing to the various pressure systems that tend to run through the area.

Spring is the most beautiful, yet most temperamental, season that Indianapolis has to offer. Between mid-March and mid-May, temperatures will steadily begin to climb, with average highs in a comfortable 55-65 degree range. However, Indianapolis is in a geographical area that makes it a pressure cooker for fronts traveling from the Great Lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, the cold and windy conditions of Canada, and the humidity found in the Southern part of the United States. The result is that weather in Indianapolis may be beautiful and sunny one day, followed by a snow storm the next. In the Spring months, rain showers are likely, which turn into thunderstorms as the temperatures rise. When the temperatures begin to fall again at the end of summer, Indiana is at risk for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. However, Indianapolis is more well-protected from potential damage than are other, more rural locations. During both the Spring and Autumn months, temperatures may drop as much as 30 degrees in a 24 hour period, making layering an important part of dressing for life in Indianapolis.

Summers in the area are considered beautiful and temperate, lacking both the humidity and heatwaves common to large East Coast cities, and the dry heat that categorizes cities to the West and South of Indianapolis. During June, July, and August, temperatures tend to have highs in the mid 80's and lows near 60,creating a comfortable outdoor atmosphere. In September, temperatures begin to drop as early as Labor Day, creating a beautiful cacophony of foliage. Winters are cold and begin early, as they do in much of the surrounding area, with the first frost typically having affected Indianapolis by Halloween.

Winters are cold and snowy, although relatively moderate when compared to that of Wisconsin, Michigan, and the Chicago area. Nights generally hit the 20's and teens during December, January, and February, and blizzards in March are not uncommon. There are some occasions when the temperature falls below zero, but the greater concern in Indianapolis is the wind chill, which can easily make a 20 degree night feel like a 10 degree night. If you're dreaming of a White Christmas with the family, Indianapolis may deliver.