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Best time to visit Charlottesville, VA, USA

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The best time to visit Charlottesville is November

While Charlottesville is a popular destination to visit all year round, November is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

The very hottest temperatures in Charlottesville get to around 33℃ (92℉) in the height of summer. In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of -3℃ (26℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Charlottesville, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. The wet season in Charlottesville usually falls during the months surrounding May each year. It’s not uncommon to get some decent rainfall or light showers during this time, but on some days the weather tends to be fine for a majority of the day, with only a few drops of rain falling from a passing shower.

Find out everything you need to know about when to visit Charlottesville below, including detailed information about the weather and tools to help you find the best prices and book your trip.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

July

Charlottesville seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Charlottesville as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Charlottesville is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Charlottesville

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Charlottesville for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Charlottesville climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Charlottesville for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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Charlottesville in January

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average high temperature: 5℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (26℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Charlottesville in February

  • Average temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 45mm (2") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 4 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Charlottesville in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Charlottesville in April

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Charlottesville in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 74mm (3") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Charlottesville in June

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (84℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Charlottesville in July

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 15 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Charlottesville in August

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 44mm (2") over 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Charlottesville in September

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 52mm (2") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Charlottesville in October

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 11 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Charlottesville in November

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 51mm (2") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Charlottesville in December

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 0℃ (32℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 60mm (2") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Charlottesville in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Charlottesville is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Charlottesville is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Charlottesville is generally around May, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of May too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Charlottesville, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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