• Sarah Lipkowitz

What's The Weather Like In Maryland?

If you’re thinking about moving to Maryland, you’re likely a bit curious about what you can expect the weather to be like from season to season. If you are moving to Western Maryland or northern parts of the state, you can expect the temperature to be a few degrees cooler on average than in Central Maryland. If you are thinking about moving to the Eastern Shore or Southern Maryland, you can expect the temperatures to average just a few degrees warmer.

Autumn. Since it is the first week of fall, we’ll start here. Fall is many Marylanders’ favorite time of year. On the heels of a very hot and humid summer (which we’ll talk about later), a cool, crisp fall is a welcome relief…

Not so fast!

It is currently in the 80’s and 90’s in Maryland. Fall can be a bit slow to arrive in Maryland. We often have a false fall in mid to late September that is followed up by a week or two of summer-like temperatures before we finally settle into the season by mid October. That being said, September temperatures average at about 80°F while October averages at about 68°F and November drops to 58°F. We do get some precipitation in the fall, but it is unlikely to snow or sleet here until December at the earliest. Still, as I said, fall is many residents’ favorite season in Maryland.

Winter. Good news if you are not interested in a harsh winter; Winter in Maryland is quite mild! We average about 2.97 inches of precipitation from December through February and some of that might simply be rain. We do get a bit of snow and sleet most winters, but typically, we don’t see too many snow storms. If you are moving to Western Maryland, expect to get a bit more snow than the rest of the state. Every few years we will get a large snow storm where we see upwards of 2 feet of snow. Expect to be snowed in for at least a day as Maryland has a bit of a reputation for not handling snow very well. As someone who lived in Wisconsin for a few years, I can confirm that the snow removal resources and the drivers’ level of skill are not the same as they are in places that see a lot of snow annually. That being said, I have noticed that the roads have been treated much more thoroughly in recent years making driving much easier and safer.

When it comes to temperatures, expect temps in the low to mid 40s for much of December, January, and February. Maryland does see a number of days where highs dip below 40°F, but note that it is also not unusual to see one or two 60° or even 70° days during a Maryland winter. Our coldest month is January with an average high of 42°F, but, overall, our winter season is short and mild.

Spring. Springtime in Maryland tends to arrive right on schedule in March. It is unusual to see snow after February and while the beginning of March can be windy and chilly, the end of the month brings warmer temperatures and tamer weather. Expect highs to average 54°F in March, 65°F in April, and 75°F in May. We do get some wicked thunderstorms here in the spring that may produce tornados. However, it is quite rare for a tornado to be more than an EF1. Many of the accidents and injuries we see in the spring storms are from falling trees so heed any severe storm warnings.

You will likely feel the effects of the spring allergy season. Most residents suffer from at least mild allergies in the spring months. Personally, I find that I only struggle for a week or so and I am one of the unfortunates with more severe fall allergies. Maryland is not the worst place to live if you have allergies, but be prepared to be affected to some degree.

Summer. The weather in Maryland is typically quite mild and the climate is temperate, but summer is really the one exception to that rule. Summertime in Maryland can be brutal. Not only are temperatures often above 90°F, but the humidity is certainly something to write home about. Expect humidity to be at least 80% all summer and into early fall. Be prepared for average temperatures of 85°F in June, 89°F in July, and 87°F in August.

July is our rainiest month with an average of 4.61 inches of rain. Though we don’t typically have a rainy summer, we do see heavy rainfall during the afternoon thunderstorms that roll through in the summer months. Some Marylanders hate the summers here, others (like myself) prefer the heat.

For more information on Maryland's weather from month to month, visit the U.S. climate data website!

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