Nashville Weather Month-By-Month

Average Temperatures, What to Expect, and Tips for Travel

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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 F and as high as 107 F, that is not the norm—temperatures in Nashville typically range from an average low of 28 F in January to an average high of 80 F 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.

Weather by Month

January is typically the coldest month, but that doesn't mean Nashville stays inside, especially with MLK Day events and celebrations happening all over the city.

  • Average High 46
  • Average Low 28

February warms up a little and Nashville offers visitors a chance to get romantic on Valentine's Day at one of its many unique restaurants.

  • Average High 52
  • Average Low 31

March brings St. Patrick's Day festivities and the first flowers of spring to Nashville. On the holiday, be sure to stop by St. Patrick's Cathedral before heading out to a local bar for some traditional green beer.

  • Average High 61
  • Average Low 39

April is when the real fun begins, with events like the "Awesome April" musical tribute, the Buchanan Log House lecture series, and the Charlie Daniels' Championship Rodeo bringing a host of entertainment to the city to kick off spring.

  • Average High 70
  • Average Low 47

May marks the arrival of both Memorial Day and Mother's Day celebrations to the city as well as a number of other great events like the Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival, Art After Hours, and the Dayton Strawberry Festival.

  • Average High 77
  • Average Low 57

June in Nashville is all about Father's Day and celebrating the start of another summer of events. With Ashland City Summerfest, Bonnaroo Music Festival, and the CMA Music Festival, it's certainly lining up to be a summer of music

  • Average High 85
  • Average Low 65

July starts off with a bang with Fourth of July celebrations all across the city. You can catch Independence Day at Riverfront Park as well as other Fourth of July events and firework shows all across the region.

  • Average High 89
  • Average Low 68

August might be a little warm on some days, but it's the month of county fairs and harvest festivals as well as the end of area schools' summer holiday. 

  • Average High 88
  • Average Low 68

September is when schools typically go back into session, so if you're looking to explore Nashville kids-free, this is the best time of year to do it. Of course, there are also fall festivals that and other kid-friendly events as well as outdoor adventures in near-perfect weather.

  • Average High 82
  • Average Low 61

October isn't just about Halloween events and cooler temperatures, it's also Artober in Nashville, a month-long celebration of arts and culture that kicks off with the University School of Nashville's annual Artclectic art show.

  • Average High 71
  • Average Low 49

November is the month to see the leaves fully changed 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 the Music City this month.

  • Average High 59
  • Average Low 40

December brings not only holiday and year-end celebrations but also the possibility of light snow. Remember to bundle up if you're visiting Nashville in December so you comfortably enjoy all the Christmas lights and holiday events around the area.

  • Average High 49
  • Average Low 32

Weather Tips by Season

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.

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

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. In the winter, it does snow sometimes, but it's rarely more than a few inches.