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Best time to visit Columbus, OH, USA

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The best time to visit Columbus is April

While Columbus is a popular destination to visit all year round, April 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.

In summer, the temperature in Columbus can rise as high as 30℃ (87℉). In the winter, temperatures can get down to -11℃ (12℉) around January.

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Columbus when the days are longest, you should visit in August. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Columbus in May – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Columbus, then use the handy tools below to search for the best flight and hotel options that are right for you.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

September

Most daylight

August

Columbus seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Columbus as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Columbus 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 Columbus

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 Columbus 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.

Columbus 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 Columbus 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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Columbus in January

  • Average temperature: -3℃ (28℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (22℉)
  • Average humidity: 82%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 59mm (2") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 13 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Columbus in February

  • Average temperature: -0℃ (31℉)
  • Average high temperature: 3℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 9 days
  • Average snow days: 10 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

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


Columbus in March

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 68mm (3") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 6 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Columbus in April

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 81mm (3") over 17 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Columbus in May

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 92mm (4") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Columbus in May, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Columbus in June

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 16 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Columbus 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.


Columbus in July

  • Average temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 62mm (2") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Columbus 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.


Columbus in August

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 52mm (2") over 14 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Columbus 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.


Columbus in September

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 43mm (2") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Columbus 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.

Columbus in October

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Columbus in November

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average high temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 3 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

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


Columbus in December

  • Average temperature: 1℃ (35℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average low temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Columbus 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 Columbus is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (83℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Columbus is generally around September. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in September first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Columbus 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 Columbus, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in August are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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