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Virginia Travel Guide

Virginia — Weather

Virginia is a huge state and weather changes significantly as you move around. It gets warmer and more humid the more south, east or southeast you go. To the east lies the vast Atlantic Ocean, which greatly affects the coastal areas, in particular, Chesapeake Bay, which experiences hurricanes brought on by the Gulf Stream. The average annual precipitation is 42.7 inches.

The southwest and west are dominated by the Blue Ridge Mountains, which bring snow in the winter. The coldest temperatures can be felt in the north, with January averaging only 19°F to 42°F, while the warmest temperatures can be felt along the coast, with July staying comfortable at 71°F to 85°F.

Best Time to Visit Virginia

Summer (May to early September) is the best time to visit Virginia as this is when many outdoor activities can be enjoyed in sunny weather. This is the peak tourist season, however, so the beaches get crowded and prices increase. There are many activities that can be done year-round, such as hiking, biking, camping, golfing, and water sports in the coastal regions. Virginia is, after all, described as having a perfect Goldilocks climate (not too hot, not too cold).

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