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Best time to visit Fairbanks, AK, USA

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The best time to visit Fairbanks is April

Fairbanks is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, April is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

The warmest month of the year in Fairbanks is July, where the average temperature gets to around 22℃ (71℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 26℃ (79℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as -34℃ (-28℉).

The days are longest in Fairbanks in July, so if you want to see the sights during the day when the sun is up for the longest time, it’s best to visit around that time of year. The wet season in Fairbanks falls around August, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in January instead.

Continue reading to find out loads more about when to travel to Fairbanks, 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

January

Most daylight

July

Fairbanks seasons

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

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 Fairbanks 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.

Fairbanks 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 Fairbanks 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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JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Fairbanks in January

  • Average temperature: -19℃ (-3℉)
  • Average high temperature: -17℃ (2℉)
  • Average low temperature: -23℃ (-9℉)
  • Average humidity: 92%
  • Average sunny days: 21 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 3 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
21 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in February

  • Average temperature: -15℃ (5℉)
  • Average high temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average low temperature: -19℃ (-3℉)
  • Average humidity: 92%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 11mm (0") over 2 days
  • Average snow days: 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in March

  • Average temperature: -12℃ (11℉)
  • Average high temperature: -6℃ (20℉)
  • Average low temperature: -17℃ (2℉)
  • Average humidity: 93%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 4 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in April

  • Average temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average high temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (22℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 9 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in May

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 57%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 14mm (1") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in June

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 55%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 23mm (1") over 12 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in July

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 60%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 28mm (1") over 12 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in August

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 56mm (2") over 16 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in September

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 13 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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

Fairbanks in October

  • Average temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average high temperature: 1℃ (34℉)
  • Average low temperature: -5℃ (24℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 18mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in November

  • Average temperature: -14℃ (8℉)
  • Average high temperature: -11℃ (12℉)
  • Average low temperature: -16℃ (3℉)
  • Average humidity: 90%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 4 days
  • Average snow days: 13 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

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


Fairbanks in December

  • Average temperature: -17℃ (2℉)
  • Average high temperature: -14℃ (6℉)
  • Average low temperature: -20℃ (-5℉)
  • Average humidity: 92%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 10mm (0") over 3 days
  • Average snow days: 11 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Fairbanks 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 Fairbanks is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 22℃ (71℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Fairbanks 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 Fairbanks is generally around August, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of August too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Fairbanks, 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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