The climate of Vermont
has a humid continental type of climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with warm and muggy summers and cold and snowy winters. New Hampshire in the east, Massachusetts in the south, New York in the west and the Canadian province of Quebec in the north, border the state. Vermont is cold, barring the summer months like the rest of the New England region in the northeastern part of the United States. The Green Mountains extend in the north-south direction and stretch up to the middle of the state - Lake Champlain lies in the west, while the Connecticut River Valley occupies the east of the mountains.
Vermont, the Maple state, has temperate broadleaf and mixed forests with a large cover of maple trees. New England-Acadian forests that consist of northern hardwood and conifers form a majority of the forests, while the northeastern coastal coasts that are of mixed oak adorn the southwest part of the state. Lowland forests of the Eastern Great Lakes constitute the western frontiers of Vermont. The mountains are alpine and have high peaks, and much of the terrain is a combination of mountains, highlands, rivers, and river valleys.
Vermont has warm and humid summers with average high temperatures of 75°F (23.9°C) to 82°F (27.8°C) in the peak of July
. Summer nights are mild with average low temperatures of 55°F (12.8°C) to 60°F (15.6°C). Winters are extremely cold and snowy, and average low temperatures during January
are in the cold 2°F (-16.7°C) to 12°F (-11.1°C) range across the different regions in the state. Winters are sometimes too cold to receive either snow or rain. Spring is a little muddy in April
, while the autumn is colorful with mild temperatures. Although it rains throughout the year, spring and early summer tend to receive more rainfall. The annual precipitation averages 50" (1270mm), and the average snowfall easily registers between 80" (2032mm) to 100" (2540mm) during the winter. Humidity rises to 70% during the summer. Sunshine in January is short of 5 hours a day, while the average annual sunshine is 2295 hours.
Vermont experiences many thunderstorms during late spring and early summer. Snowstorms are frequent during the winter - the intensity of these storms varies, but many are strong enough to deposit large quantities of snow and often create deep snow packs. Vernon recorded Vermont's highest ever temperature of 105°F (40.6°C) on July 4, 1911, while Bloomfield recorded the coldest temperature of -50°F (-45.6°C) on December
The best time to visit Vermont
The best time to visit Vermont
is from late spring to mid-autumn, particularly from May
Spring in April
is wet and muddy, while the autumn sees a drop in temperatures by late October. May has moderately warm sunshine and sees rain and cloud cover now and then. Summers are mostly warm with 75°F (23.9°C) to 80°F (26.7°C) days, but a few touch up to 90°F (32.2°C) or higher. Early fall season sees pleasant temperatures, particularly in September
, while October displays beautiful colors in the high country.
Summer sees a significant influx of tourists, especially in the Green Mountains and state parks.
The worst time to visit Vermont
The worst time to visit Vermont
is the winter season, from December
, as the extreme cold weather descends from the Canadian North.
Vast amounts of snow accumulate in the mountains, and many highlands register more than 120" (3048mm). Vermont experiences icy conditions with many days when the sun is barely above the horizon.
The season is generally slow for tourists, but many ski-resorts are open during the winter and see enthusiastic visitors. Weather-wise, it is a time to avoid Vermont as the temperatures seldom rise above freezing and are not comfortable to anybody except to those people who are accustomed to it.
is prone to thunderstorms in spring and early summer. They take the form of lightning and rain and can take severe form in the highlands and mountains.
Snowstorms and blizzards are frequent during the winter. These take violent turns in a few cases, last for a, while and create icy conditions, large snow deposits, and a severe drop in visibility. Many times visibility restricts to a few meters, and it is extremely difficult to maneuver through the snowy roads.
Vermont has few large cities, and the capital at Montpelier is the least populous of all state capitals in the United States - so the stall due to the storms is not as huge as in some of the other cities of America.
Weather in January
is the snowiest and coldest month of the year in Vermont
. The New Year alternates between a few hours of daily sunshine, gloomy skies, and inclement weather. Temperatures drop even below -10°F (-23.3°C) in many places, while the average temperatures are between 2°F (-16.7°C) to 31°F (-0.6°C). Weather in January »
Weather in February
is cold and icy in Vermont
as the state experiences an average of 15" (381mm) to 18" (457mm) of snowfall. Bitterly cold nights see average temperatures in the 5°F (-15°C) to 15°F (-9.4°C), while the days have mostly freezing temperatures. Weather in February »
Weather in March
is a cold month as the spring season tries to gain a footing in Vermont
. The average high temperatures are 30°F (-1.1°C) to 40°F (4.4°C), while average low temperatures are in the cold range of 15°F (-9.4°C) to 25°F (-3.9°C). It is icy and cold along with a degree of dampness, as rain registers 3" (76mm) in the state - Southern Vermont is a little rainier than the northern part. Snow is plenty as the state records 15" (381mm) to 17" (432mm) in the majority of its regions. Weather in March »
Weather in April
lies during the spring season and has warm but wet conditions. The weather is unpredictable, with sunny days in between cloudy skies as an occasional snowstorm manages to slip by during the spring. Temperatures during the day are between 50°F (10°C) to 60°F (15.6°C), while the nights are sometimes freezing but usually in the 35°F (1.7°C) to 40°F (4.4°C). Rain is significant and accumulates to the tune of 5" (127mm) in April. Weather in April »
Weather in May
is a wonderful spring month with many sunny days in Vermont
as the landscape blossoms with beautiful flowers and bathes in greenery. Late spring is delightfully warm as the average high temperatures are in the 60°F (15.6°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) and the average low temperatures are in the 40°F (4.4°C) to 50°F (10°C). Rain is to the tune of 3" (76mm) to 4" (102mm), but the conditions lean more towards the sunny side than cloudy ones as the daylight extends to 9 p.m. Weather in May »
Weather in June
is summer in Vermont
with moderately warm temperatures, a little rain and mostly sunny days. Rain is to the tune of 4" (102mm) to 5" (127mm) in the state, and showers are unpredictable like the New England weather. Day temperatures are more on the warm than the hot side and usually range in the 65°F (18.3°C) to 75°F (23.9°C). Weather in June »
Weather in July
is easily the hottest month of the year in Vermont
, as the average high temperatures are up to 81°F (27.2°C). It is hot and humid with many days crossing 90°F (32.2°C), while the nights are pleasantly warm in the 55°F (12.8°C) to 60°F (15.6°C) range. Weather in July »
Weather in August
lies in the peak tourist season of Vermont
when the temperatures are hot and humid with a sprinkling of wet conditions. The mercury is in the average high range of 70°F (21.1°C) to 80°F (26.7°C) during the day, while it drops to the pleasant 50°F (10°C) to 60°F (15.6°C) range in the night. Weather in August »
Weather in September
is the gateway to the colorful autumn season of Vermont
with moderately warm temperatures and a touch of rain. Early fall has average high temperatures in the warm 60°F (15.6°C) to 70°F (21.1°C) range, while the average low temperatures are in the mild 40°F (4.4°C) to 50°F (10°C) zone. The skies are cloudy at times with humid weather that alternate with sunny conditions. Weather in September »
Weather in October
is usually the peak time of the fall foliage in Vermont
. Temperate broadleaf, mixed forests, and conifers provide spectacular shades of colors during the autumn. The mountains provide a scenic backdrop while driving on the byways and roads during the autumn as the trees display orange, yellow, red, and golden colors. The average high temperatures tend to be comfortable in the day in the 55°F (12.8°C) to 60°F (15.6°C) range but the nights are cold, and the average low temperatures are between 30°F (-1.1°C) to 40°F (4.4°C). Weather in October »
Weather in November
is a transitional month from the autumn to the cold weather in Vermont
that sees low temperatures in the state. Average low temperatures are in the 20°F (-6.7°C) to 30°F (-1.1°C), while the average high temperatures are between 40°F (4.4°C) to 50°F (10°C). Weather in November »
Weather in December
is cold in Vermont
with the average temperatures in the 14°F (-10°C) to 36°F (2.2°C) range. Rain is to the tune of 3" (76mm) to 4" (102mm) in the majority of the state with short days and limited sunshine. Snowfall is heavy and averages 15" (381mm) to 20" (508mm). Weather in December »