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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Depends on the year. There are years with no snow, there are years with lots of weather fluctuation. So overall it depends on what you like.

4 College Student

Weather: Hot summers, the rest is good. 4 seasons

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold and dry in the winter and warm and humid in the summer.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Extremely hot and humid in the summer, not much snow during the winter

5 College Junior

Weather: Its warmer in DC than in Midwestern part of US.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 157th
    Hottest Summers
  • 294th
    Coldest Winters

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David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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DC has a pretty regular four-season climate. When students arrive in late August, it is still very hot and muggy, and the weather stays warm until late fall when the cold front moves in. Winters are pretty cold, and most get caught off-guard by the powerful winds that can tunnel through the city. Remember to bring a wool or down coat, sweaters, long pants, and boots. In the fall and spring, students wear jeans, Capri pants, and light jackets. But get ready for some hot, hot summers when planning to stay in DC. The humidity and heat can be unbearable, so take a dip in the Hall on Virginia Avenue’s rooftop pool or City Hall’s pool to cool off, or hope your internship office is air-conditioned (don’t worry, dorms are).

Bring a variety of clothing to GW—pants, shorts, T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats. You’ll need it all. And don’t forget an umbrella—rain is pretty common in the District.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 66 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 86 °F
Summer - Low: 68 °F
Fall - High: 68 °F
Fall - Low: 51 °F
Winter - High: 45 °F
Winter - Low: 30 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.40 in./month
Summer: 3.41 in./month
Fall: 3.35 in./month
Winter: 2.96 in./month



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