What Weather to Expect Around Your Seattle Apartment

Seattle Apartment Weather

The weather and climate of a community may impact your ability to enjoy outdoor pursuits, as well as require you to buy certain clothing to accommodate the seasons. If you’re thinking about moving to a Seattle apartment, or you’re trying to decide where to live in the region, taking a quick look at the climate and weather can help you decide whether to accept a new job offer or enroll in a Seattle college.

As you might already know, the weather in Seattle isn’t often extreme; however, residents will usually experience a few very hot days in the summer or a couple freezing days in the winter.

What are the Hottest and Coldest Days Ever in Seattle?

Locals began taking regular weather readings in Seattle in 1894, and there have been several days throughout the century where the temperature has risen to 98 degrees or hotter. From the statistics posted by Seattle Weather Blog, the hottest day ever in Seattle from 1894 to the present was 103 degrees, and that temperature was reached on July 29, 2009.

Conversely, the website reports that the coldest day ever in Seattle – or the coldest day since 1948 – occurred on January 31, 1950, when the temperature fell to 0 degrees. The only time the temperature sank that low since 1950 was once in 1968  when the temperature fell to 6 degrees, and once on February 4, 1989, when the temperature fell to 7.

What Are the General Highs and Lows for Temperatures Around My Seattle Apartment?

Although the temperature has reached 103 for a high and 0 for a low, those temperatures aren’t at all normal in Seattle. For example, U.S. Climate Data reports that the average high in August is 73 and the average low in January is 36. The temperate climate in the region allows Seattle residents to enjoy outdoor activities for most of the year, whether that’s skiing, hiking, bicycling, or water craft adventures.

Seattle tends to see some days with highs in the 80s each summer, as well as a few days where temperatures sink below freezing, but the temperatures aren’t too extreme. The one feature that may keep residents indoors isn’t the temperature; it’s the rainfall, which can reach several inches per year.

U.S. Climate Data reports further that Seattle tends to receive an average of 152 days where it rains each year, which equals approximately 31.1 inches of rain, overall. Most of the precipitation occurs in the winter when somewhere from 5 to 6 inches of rain a month occurs from November through January. The driest months of the year tend to happen in the summer months.

As always, there are days where the temperature, precipitation, and other weather factors don’t align with historical statistics, so it’s best to prepare for the likelihood of weather extremes. However, Seattle residents, for the most part, should be able to enjoy fairly comfortable temperatures throughout the year as long as they have a few heavy coats for winter and a few light t-shirts for summer.

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