Weather in Nashville: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

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Nashville's weather and temperature range are fairly moderate compared to many other cities in the United States, and while Nashville has recorded temperatures as low as -17 degrees Fahrenheit (-27 C) and as high as 107 degrees Fahrenheit (42 C), that is not the norm. Temperatures in Nashville typically range from an average low of 28 Fahrenheit (-3 C) in January to an average high of 80 Fahrenheit (27 C) in July.

The best seasons to visit this Tennessee city are spring, summer, and fall, especially between the months of April and October when the Music City comes to life with a whole slew of outdoor events and attractions.

However, there are plenty of events in Nashville all year long, so don't shy away from a winter visit just because of the cold. After all, you won't want to miss New Year's Eve at a great venue downtown or sharing a romantic meal on Valentine's Day at one of the city's five-star restaurants.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: July (89 F / 32 C)
  • Coldest Month: January (28 F / -3 C)
  • Wettest Month: May, 5.07 inches

Spring in Nashville

Spring is pleasant in Nashville, with daily highs typically in the 70s and lows in the 50s. The highest monthly rainfall occurs normally in the spring with the month of May producing the most rain, normally around five inches. Also be aware that the Middle Tennessee area, including Nashville, has around a dozen or so tornado watches issued annually—mostly in March, April, and May—and at least one tornado is either spotted or touches down in Middle Tennessee every year.

What to Pack: Bring your rain gear. While spring in Nashville isn't cold overall, it can be chilly at night, requiring a sweater or a light jacket. It's also regularly quiet wet so an umbrella, rain jacket, and waterproof shoes are worth packing too.

Average Temperatures by Month

March: 61 F / 39 F

April: 70 F / 47 F

May: 77 F / 57 F

Summer in Nashville

Summer is the most intense season in Nashville, with high temperatures and humidity. Temperatures routinely climb into the 90s, but it can feel much warmer thanks to the oppressive humidity. Lows are usually in the lower 60s. These months can be quite rainy, and thunderstorms are common.

What to Pack: The summer is the most humid in Nashville, so if you're visiting in June, July, or August, make sure to bring light, breathable clothes, especially if you plan to do any outdoor activities—swimming is a great way to cool down, and there are plenty of local pools and nearby lakes and rivers to enjoy.

Average Temperatures by Month

June: 85 F / 65 F

July: 89 F / 68 F

August: 88 F / 68 F

Fall in Nashville

Temperatures drop off quickly during the autumn months. By September, highs average in the 80s in September and are down to the 50s and 60s in November. October is among the best months to visit: Humidity and temperatures are low, and fall's changing leaves are a beautiful sight to see. Fall foliage continues into November, as the leaves fully change from green to bright yellows, reds, and oranges, lining the city's streets with fall colors as colder weather sets in. Of course, Thanksgiving events and other fall celebrations are also abundant in Music City this month.

What to Pack: Late fall can get a bit crisp, so it's best to bring layers, especially for outdoor adventures in late September and throughout October and November. October is the driest month, so you don't need to worry about rain spoiling your travels.

Average Temperatures by Month

September: 82 F / 61 F

October: 71 F / 49 F

November: 59 F / 40 F

Winter in Nashville

Nashville winters are relatively mild, but they can be wet which can make temperatures feel cold. On average, temperatures range from 30 to 50 Fahrenheit, but there are occasional snaps of even colder weather due to blasts of arctic Canadian air. Snow does happen, but not more than two or three times per year and even then, just an inch or two.

What to Pack: It can get chilly and you'll want to pack for that with warm, layered clothing. But also bring at least one warmer-weather outfit for the occasional day of rebound warmth.

Average Temperatures by Month

December: 49 F / 32 F

January: 46 F / 28 F

February: 52 F / 31 F

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall and Daylight Hours

January

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 46 F / 28 F
  • Average Rainfall: 3.97 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 10 hours

February

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 52 F / 31 F
  • Average Rainfall: 3.69 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 11 hours

March

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 61 F / 39 F
  • Average Rainfall: 4.87 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 12 hours

April

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 70 F / 47 F
  • Average Rainfall: 3.93 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 13 hours

May

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 77 F / 57 F
  • Average Rainfall: 5.07 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 14 hours

June

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 85 F / 65 F
  • Average Rainfall: 4.08 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 14 hours

July

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 89 F / 68 F
  • Average Rainfall: 3.77 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 14 hours

August

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 88 F / 68 F
  • Average Rainfall: 3.28 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 13 hours

September

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 82 F / 61 F
  • Average Rainfall: 3.59 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 12 hours

October

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 71 F / 49 F
  • Average Rainfall: 2.87 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 11 hours

November

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 59 F / 40 F
  • Average Rainfall: 4.45 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 10 hours

December

  • Average Monthly Temperature: 49 F / 32 F
  • Average Rainfall: 4.54 inches
  • Daylight Hours: 10 hours