Weather Averages in Memphis

In this article, we shall talk about the weather and climate of Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis has a humid subtropical climate (in Köppen that’s Cfa), with four distinct seasons, and is located in USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7b.

Winter weather comes alternately from the upper Great Plains and the Gulf of Mexico, which can lead to major swinging in temperatures.

Summer weather may come from Texas (very hot and humid) or the Gulf (hot and very humid). July has an average daily temperature of 82.7 °F (28.2 °C), with high levels of humidity due to moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico.

Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are quite common during the summer, but these are usually brief, lasting no longer than an hour at most.

Early autumn is pleasantly drier and mild, but can be sweltering until late October. Late autumn on the other hand is rainy and cooler; precipitation peaks again in November and December.

Winters in Memphis tend to be mild to chilly, with a January daily average temperature of 41.2 °F (5.1 °C). Snow occurs sporadically in winter, with the seasonal average in snowfall being 3.9 inches (9.9 cm).

Ice storms and freezing rain pose greater danger to anyone travelling to the city during the winter season, as they can often pull tree limbs down on power lines and make driving hazardous due to slippery roads.

Severe thunderstorms can occur at any time of the year though these happen mainly during the spring months. Large hail, strong winds, flooding and frequent lightning can accompany these storms. Occasionally, storms can spawn tornadoes.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Memphis was −13 °F (−25 °C) on December 24, 1963, while the highest temperature ever was 108 °F (42 °C) on July 13, 1980. Over the course of a year, there is an average of about 4 days (rounded off from 4.4) of highs below freezing, about 7 nights (rounded off from 6.9) of lows below 20 °F (−7 °C), 43 nights of lows below freezing, 64 days of highs above 90 °F (32 °C) +, and about 2 days (rounded off from 2.1) of highs above 100 °F (38 °C) +.

Annual precipitation is quite high (53.68 inches (1,360 mm)) and is distributed evenly throughout the year, though the period from August to October tends to be drier. Average monthly rainfall is especially high in the months of March through May, November and December.

As for averages, here is a quick breakdown. All Celsius measurements are in parentheses. Fahrenheit measurements are not. First off, high temperatures.

Average high temperatures in January: 49.8° (9.9°)

Average high temperatures in February: 54.7° (12.6°)

Average high temperatures in March 63.9° (17.7°)

Average high temperatures in April: 73.0° (22.8°)

Average high temperatures in May: 81.2° (27.3°)

Average high temperatures in June: 88.9° (31.6°)

Average high temperatures in July: 91.6° (33.1°)

Average high temperatures in August: 91.3° (32.9°)

Average high temperatures in September: 85.1° (29.5°)

Average high temperatures in October: 74.4° (23.6°)

Average high temperatures in November: 62.6° (17°)

Average high temperatures in December: 52.1° (11.2°)

Average high temperatures throughout the year: 72.4° (22.4°)

As for low temperature averages in Memphis, here they are. As always, all Celsius measurements are in parentheses. Fahrenheit measurements are not.

Average low temperatures in January: 32.6° (0.3°)

Average low temperatures in February: 36.3° (2.4°)

Average low temperatures in March: 44.1° (6.7°)

Average low temperatures in April: 52.9° (11.6°)

Average low temperatures in May: 62.2° (16.8°)

Average low temperatures in June: 70.3° (21.3°)

Average low temperatures in July: 73.8° (23.2°)

Average low temperatures in August: 72.7° (22.6°)

Average low temperatures in September: 65.2° (18.4°)

Average low temperatures in October: 53.8° (12.1°)

Average low temperatures in November: 43.7° (6.5°)

Average low temperatures in December: 35.1° (1.7°)

Average low temperatures throughout the year: 53.6° (12°)

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