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2 College Sophomore

Weather: During the months of late August up until late October, the weather is great. There is great scenery and Maine looks pretty nice. When spring comes around (usually late March/early April) the Bates campus is beautiful. However, once it hits mid November it begins to get very cold. It is very cold from mid/late November until around March. January and February are the coldest months, considering it can be 1 degree outside when you wake up for class. It is also pretty windy on campus which can be very annoying when it is already 10 degrees outside, (possibly snowing) and you have to walk down Alumni walk to get to class or Commons. With that being said, you need to prepare for harsh winter weather in Maine.

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2 College Freshman

Weather: It's Maine. It's cold. It snows a lot. Winter is really, really long. But presumably if you're going to Bates, you know that you're going to Maine and you're not expecting California weather. On the bright side, spring seems so much better when the last 6 months have been sub-zero. And the fall is simply beautiful with the changing leaves.

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4 College Junior

Weather: The snow is fun and other than that there's nothing wrong with the weather

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather gets a bad rep. But the fall in Maine is unrivaled - it's gorgeous and crisp. The winter is long, yes, but you get used to it, and the snow is beautiful. Bundle up and you'll survive. And since the winter is so long, when spring comes, it is absolutely magical for a few months!!

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2 College Freshman

Weather: COLD!! Snow and cold, even though the sun is shining, just great!


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Maine is very cold, and Lewiston gets a lot of snow. Students from points south of New Hampshire should be prepared to be shocked by the weather in Maine. Sometimes the snow starts in October, and it’s not unheard of to get snow showers as late as May. Students should pack a good winter jacket, a hat, mittens, and boots. Students should also remember to wear layers because it is usually freezing outside. However, many of the buildings are quite warm. Despite the arctic conditions, Bates hardly ever closes for snow, and sometimes students are forced to trudge to class through several feet of snow if the plows haven’t reached the path they’re using yet. The back side of the Puddle is not always plowed, which can be inconvenient for art students and people living in Page Hall, so it’s very important to have boots.

As cold and snowy as it can get during the winter, Maine is beautiful in the fall and spring. The weather can stay warm right through September, and Batesies usually take full advantage of nice days by studying or playing Frisbee on the Quad or in the Keigiwn Amphitheater. Even in the middle of January, the weather can still be beautiful, just cold. Winter sports are big at Bates; even students who don’t go skiing, snowboarding, or ice-skating can enjoy sledding down Mount David or engaging in snowball fights with their friends. If students are prepared to deal with long winters, below-freezing temperatures, and several feet of snow, the weather at Maine can be a godsend. If not, there’s always the University of Hawaii.

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Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 54 °F
Spring - Low: 35 °F
Summer - High: 79 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 58 °F
Fall - Low: 41 °F
Winter - High: 32 °F
Winter - Low: 15 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.14 in./month
Summer: 3.50 in./month
Fall: 3.94 in./month
Winter: 3.67 in./month
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