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I was recently in Nashville for the St. Jude Country Music Marathon at the end of April, and the weather was very unpredictable. This spring has been a rather confusing season for much of the country (unseasonably warm days followed by snow), and Nashville is no different. While you may expect the end of April to be mid-70s and sunny, it was cold and rainy. Sure, the weather could've been better for a marathon — you're running for about four hours, after all — but the rain wasn't too bad; in fact, it was rather refreshing. If you plan on being outside, consider packing a slicker because you never know when it's going to rain. When it’s sunny, Nashville certainly shines with its beautiful green spaces (think Centennial Park) and historic buildings. Of course, there are plenty of things to do inside, and just think of how gorgeous all of the parks will look after all of the rain. Soon, the city will start heating up and get rather humid.
Nashville weather, particularly in the spring and fall, is incredibly unpredictable. From March to mid-May, temperatures swing from the 50s up to the 80s, and everywhere in between. There are random thunder storms, hail storms, and even the occasional tornado watch if things get dicey. So, if anything is to be expected, it's rain. Lots of it. So if you're on your way to Nashville—bring a slicker!
Once we move into the summer months, weather will get much more predictable: Hot, Hotter and Hottest. Though Nashville doesn't have the reputation for humidity like cities futher south, don't think you've missed out on that gem of southern summers. Steam rising from the pavement early in the morning is one of the signs of the season, and if you have curly hair, don't fight it. Embrace it.