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Best time to visit Salem, MA, USA

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The best time to visit Salem is November

When’s the best time to visit Salem, you ask? Based on several factors like the weather and climate, cost of flights and hotels, peak travel seasons and much more, the best time to go to Salem is November.

The warmest month of the year in Salem is August, where the average temperature gets to around 28℃ (82℉), but temperatures can reach as high as 29℃ (85℉) on the hottest days in summer. The weather at night in the winter can get down to temperatures as low as -2℃ (28℉).

If you’re keen to see the sights of Salem during the day, the sun stays up the longest around July. The wet season in Salem usually falls during the months surrounding December 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.

Learn more about when to travel to Salem, the monthly weather breakdown, FAQs and much more below. Once you’ve decided when you want to go, use our handy tools to find the best prices to suit your budget on flights, transport/transfers, places to stay, and loads more!

Warmest month

August

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

July

Salem seasons

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

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 Salem 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.

Salem 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 Salem 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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Salem in January

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 93mm (4") 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 Salem in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Salem in February

  • Average temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (49℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 16 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in March

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 3℃ (37℉)
  • Average humidity: 85%
  • Average sunny days: 9 days
  • Average rainfall: 76mm (3") over 20 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
9 days
of pure sunshine
20 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in April

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 80%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 59mm (2") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in May

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 37mm (1") over 13 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in June

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 10 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in July

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 67%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 7mm (0") over 4 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Salem in July, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.


Salem in August

  • Average temperature: 20℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 65%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 8mm (0") over 4 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in September

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average humidity: 70%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Salem in September, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings, and t-shirts and light gear for the daytime.

Salem in October

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 15 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in November

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 69mm (3") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

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


Salem in December

  • Average temperature: 4℃ (40℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (45℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average humidity: 86%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 100mm (4") over 18 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Salem 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 Salem is usually August, where temperatures tend to rise to around 28℃ (82℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Salem is generally around July. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in July first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Salem is generally around December, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of December too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Salem, 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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