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
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
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.
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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