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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: Boston is not known for its good weather. Outside of early fall and late spring, you will be experiencing rain, snow, and more rain and snow. It's also very finicky. One second, it could be sunny. The next, it could be cloudy and potentially rainy. The summer is extremely hot (due to the humidity). But this is not to say there aren't good days. There are, it's just they're usually less frequent. There is a running joke that whenever we invite pre-frosh to CPW (Campus Preview Weekend), we turn on our weather machine. If you like seasons and if you like snow, then the weather will be perfect for you.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Boston, take it as you will.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: New England, what can I say

2 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather is awful and makes everyone depressed. Nobody comes to Boston for the weather.

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  • 184th
    Coldest Winters
  • 419th
    Hottest Summers

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Sun Kim
Hometown
Duluth, GA
Major
Mechanical Engineering
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Weather is one of the MIT students’ greatest gripes, next to work. The reason is that you simply never know what it’s going to be like on any given day. Temperatures can range from below zero freezing in the winter to high 80s and humid in the summer. During the school year, the weather is usually fairly cold. If you’ve never lived through cold weather before, be prepared for a shock. Basically, be sure to bring a wide variety of clothes, but the things that you absolutely need are a thick winter coat, waterproof shoes, and a hat. There is nothing worse then watching Californians trying to struggle through that first cold week without enough winter clothing. Fortunately, most of the MIT class buildings are all connected, so depending on where you live, you may not have to be in the cold for very long. And even if it was freezing rain when you walked to class in the morning, it could be sunny and clear by the time you leave to go home in the afternoon.

Despite the temperatures, try to get out and play at least once in a while. Usually on the night of the first snowfall, students abandon their studies to play snow football or have snowball fights. One recent winter, MIT even had a snow day! Don’t count on that happening too often, but it’s at least something to hope for.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 56 °F
Spring - Low: 41 °F
Summer - High: 80 °F
Summer - Low: 63 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 47 °F
Winter - High: 39 °F
Winter - Low: 25 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.56 in./month
Summer: 3.22 in./month
Fall: 3.75 in./month
Winter: 3.65 in./month

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