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The climate of Virginia (United States of America)
The state of Virginia is located on the east coast of the United States and borders the states of Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee and North Carolina. The largest part of Virginia has a warm maritime climate, type Cfa according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. In the interior there is a small region with a moderate continental climate (type Dfa) which changes into a moderate continental climate (type Dfb) in the Appalachians. The climate of Virginia is very favorable for the cultivation of crops such as tobacco and cotton. These two products were the main sources of income for the state for a long time. Nowadays most money is earned in the Financial, Legal and the advertising sector.

The climate of Virginia is mainly determined by the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachians which is a natural buffer against cold air currents during the winter around and its location around the 37th/38th degrees of latitude which causes temperatures to rise during the summer. In the capital Richmond average maximum temperatures in July are around 31 degrees Celsius (88 degrees Fahrenheit) which can be compared to most sun destinations along the Mediterranean Sea. Summers in Virginia are from the second part of May till the second part of September. In October temperatures start to drop, in the western part of Virginia temperatures may start to drop earlier. During the winter there is mainly an offshore wind causing the Ocean to have a smaller influence on the climate than in most places on earth. Subzero temperatures during the winter are not uncommon. During the winter snow may fall. Depending on the location you are in Virginia gets 5-20 days of snowfall per year. Large amounts of snowfall are not uncommon. Tens of centimeters of snow may fall within 24 hours.

Virginia is located in the supply route of tropical depressions and hurricanes. From July there is a risk of tropical storms which may cause a lot of damage. The biggest risk of this is in August, September and October. At the beginning of December hurricane season is over. However, from December there is a risk of snowstorms which may also cause a lot of inconvenience. Another phenomenon which may occur in Virginia are unpredictable tornadoes. These storms may also cause a lot of damage and mainly occur in central Virginia. In April and May 2011 the eastern part of the United States got hit by many tornadoes causing several casualties in Virginia.

Climate information of places in Virginia
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per region or city. The following climate information is available for Virginia:

Virginia Beach



Climate information
Throughout Virginia several climate figures and temperatures can be recorded. The figures below are for Richmond and cannot be seen as an average for this state. For climate figures for other places and regions in Virginia please, visit the individual climate pages.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 8 -4 6 11 n/a
February 9 -3 6 10 n/a
March 15 2 7 11 n/a
April 21 7 9 10 n/a
May 25 12 9 11 n/a
June 30 17 10 10 n/a
July 31 19 10 11 n/a
August 31 19 9 10 n/a
September 27 15 8 8 n/a
October 22 8 7 7 n/a
November 16 3 6 9 n/a
December 10 -1 5 10 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The figures below apply to Richmond. For climate figures on specific regions and places please, visit the relevant individual climate pages

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