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3 College Freshman

Weather: Hot in the fall, very rainy and campus gets flooded

3 College Freshman

Weather: Hotter than I would like during the summer.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: I lived in the area all my life, so the weather had no real affect on me.

3 College Junior

Weather: DC has four seasons. The winter gets cold and snowy and the summer gets hot and sweaty - fall and spring are great. I enjoy having four seasons and I never let the weather get in the way of my plans.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: This year's weather has been pretty extreme. We've had like 7 snow days, which is pretty rare for DC. The school shuts pretty easily (I'm not complaining) so we've missed a lot of classes this semester. Spring time is pretty beautiful. It can get verrrrrry hot in August when you start school.


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D.C. weather tends to be slightly unpredictable—hot, humid summers and cool winters with some snow, with springs that can either be very warm or freezing. AU students’ reactions to the weather depend on what they’re accustomed to, but most say that they like the mild winters and long falls.

Students should bring a wide range of clothes for the varied climate. Umbrellas are a must. In the winter, expect to wear a heavy winter jacket one day, and a light windbreaker the next. With the exception of 2010, D.C. does not usually get huge amounts of snow. Some winter days can feel like spring. As long as you build up a tolerance for some rain and unpredictable weather, you should have no problem exploring the city and sightseeing.

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
What to Pack
  • Heavier jacket
  • Light jacket
  • Rain boots
  • Umbrella


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