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Summer — no question — and it’s like four days long. No, it’s a few months. We have like two-and-a-half or three months of perfection: It’s 75 degrees. It’s sunny. It doesn’t rain. The mountains are out. The water is warm. Everyone in Seattle is so happy that we put up with the other nine months of it being cloudy for this three-month period of perfection. No one goes on vacation in the summer here because it’s finally here. It’s the greatest place on earth to be: summer in Seattle.
It’s probably best from July 4 through the end of September and October. We don’t really get much summer until July. June can be a warm month, but it doesn’t happen very often. We don’t ever really get the heat. We get below 30 and above 90 about three times a year. It’s very temperate, but it’s also very marine-like. We’re very close to the mountains, so saltwater and freshwater fishing are big. You can do most anything here.
Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Seattle. Our reputation for rain and clouds is true for most of the year, but from July to September, we’re blessed with warm weather and abundant sunshine. There’s an occasional heat wave, but for the most part summers are comfortable -- think 70s.
June is an iffy month. Some years, it’s beautiful, and others, it’s rainy and chilly. We nickname it Juneuary. But June brings 16 hours of sunlight, and the air is filled with the electricity of summer. Seattle residents feel a bit frenzied, abuzz with the excitement of lots of sunshine and outdoor activities.
October can be a nice month to visit, too. If we get an Indian Summer, the warm weather can extend into early or mid October. And the leaves are starting to change colors, too.
Whenever you visit, be sure to bring layers. Even in summer, chilly weather can catch you by surprise. And pack that rain jacket, just in case.
Seattle cannot seem to escape its so-called rain stereotype. Yes, it’s gray and gloomy for months on end, but it’s also one of the most beautiful, lush, vibrant cities in the country. Some people say that the myth of continuous rainfall in Seattle was actually invented by the locals in the early 1960s to try to keep people from moving into the state.
If you’re thinking about visiting Seattle, June to August are the driest months – also the best months to take advantage of local bounty at farmers markets. When the rest of the country is sweltering, median summer temperatures hover around a pleasant 75 degrees Seattle. Oh, and in late June, we’re blessed with 16 hours of daylight. On the flipside, in the dark depths of winter, days offer a mere 8.5 hours of daylight. But compared to other parts of the country, we get very little snow.
My Seattle visitor advice? Pack layers and be prepared for anything weather-wise and you’ll stay dry, warm and happy. Also, consider visiting during the fringe season (April and September) for less crowds, better hotel deals and last minute reservations.
U.S. News & World Report shares year-round weather and precipitation reports for Seattle here.