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Weather in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons. Bear in mind that precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, so it is best to pack an umbrella with you.

Spring (March to May) usually comes later than many locals would like. In March, the average high is 13°C (55°F) while the average low is 1°C (34°F). But the weather warms up considerably by April, with wildflowers start to bloom and people come out in droves to enjoy the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival. The second weekend in May sees Philadelphia hosting the Jefferson Dad Vail Regatta, the largest collegiate regatta in North America.

Summer (June to August) is lovely and a popular period for families with children. Being the birthplace of America where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, Philly celebrates the Fourth of July with fireworks, free concerts and many patriotic events. Temperatures in July may reach 31°C (88°F) so keep hydrated with plenty of water.

Autumn (September to November) is pleasant and beautiful, with the fall colours out in all their glory. In October, the average high is 21°C (70°F) while the average low is 9°C (48°F).

Winter (December to February) is moderately cold. In January, the average high is 7°C (45°F) while the average low is -3°C (27°F). Snowfall is erratic with snowstorms occurring every once in a while. During the dark winter months, ice-skating at the Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park or the Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest offers an unforgettable experience.

Weather (day) Temp (max day) Rain (mm) Wind (mph) Humidity Pressure Visibility
Tuesday
Sunny
Sunny skies
6
°C
0
4
wsw
0-20%
1019 mb
good
Wednesday
Overcast
Overcast skies
6
°C
0
7
nw
80-100%
1020 mb
good
Thursday
Overcast
Overcast skies
9
°C
0
6
ese
80-100%
1029 mb
good
Friday
Overcast
Overcast skies
14
°C
0.7
6
se
80-100%
1027 mb
good
Saturday
ModRain
Light rain
13
°C
2.4
14
ne
80-100%
1014 mb
moderate
Sunday
ModRain
Light rain
9
°C
8.4
11
ne
80-100%
1015 mb
moderate
Monday
Sunny
Sunny skies
8
°C
0.3
14
nw
20-40%
1013 mb
good
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Last updated: 2018-12-12 04:17:33
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The maximum temperature is the highest temperature forecast between dawn and dusk, and the minimum temperature is the lowest temperature expected from dusk on the day in question to dawn the next day. The temperature is in °C, or Celsius.
Wind speed and direction are the conditions expected at midday. Wind direction is based on a 16 point compass. W, SW, SSW, etc. The wind direction states where the wind originates. Wind speed is listed in MPH or miles per hour.
Humidity levels indicates how much water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum it could contain at that temperature. As a general guide:
  • 0 to 30 is very low
  • 31 to 50 is low
  • 51 to 70 is moderate to low
  • 71 to 80 is moderate
  • 81 to 90 is moderate to high
  • 91 to 100 is high
Pressure is measured in millibars (mb)
Visibility based on whether the human eye can see the following distances:
  • Very poor - less than 1km
  • Poor - between 1km and 4km
  • Moderate - between 4km and 10km
  • Good - between 10km and 20km
  • Very good - between 20km and 40km
  • Excellent - more than 40km
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