There’s no bad time to visit Richmond, and that's mainly due to the great weather. Nestled midway between charming Arlington and touristy Virginia Beach, the city on the James River doesn’t experience tons of rain or snow, and the spring and fall months bring in temperatures that can hover in the upper 70s—even in early November. The heat and high humidity, which averages 70 percent in the summer, can feel a bit muggy, but you'll find some relief with activities on the river.
Here’s what you should keep in mind when planning your trip to Virginia’s capital.
Fast Climate Facts
- Hottest month: July (80 F)
- Coldest month: January (38 F)
- Wettest month: July (2.27 inches)
Winter in Richmond
Visiting the city during this time of year can be quite fun, as long as you’re prepared. The average temperature in Richmond between the months of December and February is in the low 40s. Don’t expect much rain or snowfall, as the precipitation is less than two inches. January is the coldest month, with an average low of 29 degrees F, but it can see an increase by 20 degrees in the afternoon. These fairly moderate temps mean you can still enjoy some outdoor festivities like RVA Illuminates or the Dominion Energy Christmas Parade without being unbearably cold.
What to pack: Pack the usual winter gear like a warm coat and a hat. Because the city can be explored on foot, a pair of fleece-lined boots or booties, as well as a hat and gloves, are key (especially if you plan to do a brewery or mural arts tour).
Spring in Richmond
Spring is the best time to visit Richmond because you can experience warmer temperatures without it being uncomfortably humid. Early morning temperatures range from the high 30s to the 50s, but once it starts to heat up, you can easily experience 70-degree weather. For those looking to truly experience Richmond—from its art scene and festivals to its rooftop bars and breweries—this is a fun time to truly get the best the city has to offer.
What to pack: Layers that can be easily removed will be convenient as the temps fluctuate from sunup to sundown. A great jacket with a few sweater or cardigan options should be fine.
Summer in Richmond
You’ll experience tons of sunshine as summer approaches; however, be prepared for some humidity and even rain. July has an average temperature of 80 degrees F, but temperatures can spike to nearly 100 degrees, and the city can experience humidity above 70 percent. If the heat doesn’t bother you, this is a great time to enjoy activities on the James River such as Riverrock and the Jazz and Music Festival. Once the temps cool down, a nightcap on a hotel rooftop or dining outdoors at the 17th Street Market is pure perfection.
What to pack: Lightweight, breathable materials will keep you cool on a muggy day, while a refillable water bottle will help you stay hydrated. July is the wettest month in Richmond, so bring a small umbrella for some stray showers. Don't forget sunscreen!
Fall in Richmond
The months of September, October, and November are extremely sunny and see fairly mild weather with temperatures still in the 70s. Fall can be quite similar to many spring days, and unlike summer, the humidity has leveled off a bit. Though you can expect an occasional rainfall, the average precipitation is less than 1.5 inches.
What to pack: A light jacket (if you even need a jacket) is sufficient, or you can opt to bring a few long-sleeved tops that can be layered over tanks or T-shirts. Comfortable shoes will serve you well if you attend the 2nd Street and Folk Festivals.
|Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours|
|Month||Avg. Temp.||Rainfall||Daylight Hours|
|January||38 F||1.61 inches||9 hours|
|February||40 F||1.36 inches||10 hours|
|March||48 F||2.05 inches||11 hours|
|April||58 F||1.63 inches||12 hours|
|May||67 F||1.96 inches||13 hours|
|June||75 F||2 inches||14 hours|
|July||80 F||2.27 inches||14 hours|
|August||78 F||2 inches||13 hours|
|September||71 F||1.72 inches||12 hours|
|October||59 F||1.2 inches||11 hours|
|November||50 F||1.24 inches||10 hours|
|December||42 F||1.79 inches||9 hours|