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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather in Madison is wonderful in the summer and autumn months. The university is surrounded by bike baths and parks, so outdoor campus activities are plentiful, and study sessions can take place outside. This makes for a very active and energizing campus experience. In the winters though- the campus experience changes drastically. There are very few outdoor activities, and students are much less social due to the frigid weather. The campus goes into a hibernation of sorts.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's extremely COLD here, and when it snows or rains it is very hard to get to class if you do not live close to the academic buildings. Because I lived in Lakeshore I had to rely on the bus all the time, which would often make me late if I did not get to the bus stop almost an HOUR before my class started.

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3 College Junior

Weather: Depends on if you enjoy rain, there is a fair amount of it here. The plus is that you get pretty much every aspect of every season. Sun, rain, snow, fog, wind. There is a little bit of it all here. Just make sure you are prepared for the humidity of the summer, and the freezing cold of the winter. All types of summer and winter sports can be done outside.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: It is occasionally cold and rainy, but the weather is typical for the area

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 33rd
    Coldest Winters
  • 332nd
    Hottest Summers

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marie Puissant
Hometown
Green Bay, Wis.
Major
Marketing and English
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Weather is always going to be unpredictable, and weather in Madison is no exception. Students refer to UW's climate as mild fall and spring mixed with intense summer and winter. While this variation in temperatures can be annoying at times, students try to take it in stride. Students advise new students or visiting ones to come prepared for the temperamental weather.

Since Madison is located in the Midwest, the weather tends to change very quickly and dramatically. Summers can reach temperatures nearing 100 degrees, and winters can chill into the negative numbers. Walking to and from campus puts students outside, exposed for long amounts of time. In the winter gloves, hats, scarves, and boots are essential for trudging through snowy walkways. Summertime calls for less apparel but lots of sunscreen. Those attending UW should pack for every weather condition.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 58 °F
Spring - Low: 33 °F
Summer - High: 82 °F
Summer - Low: 56 °F
Fall - High: 61 °F
Fall - Low: 46 °F
Winter - High: 31 °F
Winter - Low: 9 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.36 in./month
Summer: 4.35 in./month
Fall: 3.01 in./month
Winter: 1.46 in./month
Did You Know?
  • In the 2007-2008 school year, Madison averaged about 100 inches of snow for winter. Then, to the students' great surprise, 2008-2009 brought well over 100 inches of snow!
  • In Spring 2009, students tried to set a record snowball fight for the Guiness Book of World Records. Students dressed in red from the Lakeshore dorms and students in black from the Southeast dorms met on Bascom Hill and battled for about an hour. Unfortunately, despite the hundreds of students who came, there were not enough to break the record held by MI Tech in 2006.

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