Locals are quick to say, "If you don't like the weather, stick around five minutes and it will change." Situated in central Illinois, Peoria gets every season's extremes, from blistering heat in the dead of summer to a foot of snow in the middle of winter. From June to September, Peoria's average high is in the mid-80s, and it begins to cool down in October. Fall semester usually begins the last week of August, when the weather is sunny, humid, and hot. October is when the temperatures drop a bit, but it's one of the best months for weather. With average highs in the mid-60s, most students switch to jeans and light sweatshirts for most of this month. When November rolls around, it's time to start layering clothes. And by December, when highs are usually at or right above freezing, students are wearing all-out winter gear. The cold and snow usually let up by mid- to late March, and when school lets out in May, it's back to clothes from August.
These are the norms, but Peoria has been known to have a stretch of 70-degree weather in January and snow in April. With Peoria's unpredictable weather, it's smart to pack clothes for every condition just to make sure they're at hand if needed. Rain, snow, sleet, hail, tornadoes, and floods are all normal for Peoria, and in one year, students feel temperatures below zero and above 100. While the weird weather gets annoying at times, it is nice to experience all four seasons.