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3 College Junior

Weather: Snow can be pretty bad, and Yale doesn't believe weather should get in the way of learning.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It gets really cold in the winter and besides sledding and snowball fights there's not much students can do. The rest of the year the weather is fairly nice.

2 College Freshman

Weather: Cold, rainy, humid and mehhh....

4 Recent Alumnus

Weather: There are sunny days and cloudy days and rainy days and snowy days, just like any other location. I give it a high rating because there are so many ways to take advantage of the sunny days. A walk down Broadway or Chapel, a stroll across the New Haven Green, a hike up East Rock, or simply lying lazily (or studiously) on Old Campus, Cross Campus, or in any of the courtyards. Lots of the colleges have swings or hammocks and patio furniture. The seasons are mostly beautiful--blowing leaves in the fall, first snow in the winter, flowering bulbs and tress in the spring, and shady trees in the summer. There are downsides, like when the snow gets dirty, but building igloos or jumping in leaf piles makes up for it. So I guess what I mean to say is that no matter what the bad days are like, you remember the good times you had in good weather long after you graduate, and the bad weather you mostly forget.

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4 College Junior

Weather: New England weather! We have all the seasons, which means snow, rain, sunshine, etc. But the nice thing is that CT never gets anything too extreme. (Exceptions were Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Nemo, but hey...)

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If you are new to New England, the weather at Yale might be unnerving and unpleasant. New Haven weather ranges from temperatures in the 80s during the summer to the 10s in the winter. Do not use the seasons’ norms as a guide. It has been known to dip into the 30s in October or to snow in April. Perhaps the most dismal aspect of the weather in New Haven is that it is often gray and rainy, making it important to always have a coat and an umbrella or raincoat, especially during the spring and early fall. The beginning of fall semester can also be quite hot, and there is no air conditioning in most suites; however, autumn quickly arrives, leading to some of the most beautiful days on campus.

Winter in New Haven is very gray (New Haven is, after all, on the coast of the Atlantic!), but is not nearly as cold as other areas of the Northeast (including Hartford and Boston). Fortunately, spring is beautiful: trees blossom in every college courtyard and oceans of daffodils poke out by Phelps gate. The sun comes out, the flowers bloom, and in response, everyone comes out of hibernation. The annual "Spring Fling" music event is a celebration of both the warm weather and the closing of the term.

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 57 °F
Spring - Low: 37 °F
Summer - High: 80 °F
Summer - Low: 59 °F
Fall - High: 62 °F
Fall - Low: 42 °F
Winter - High: 37 °F
Winter - Low: 20 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.66 in./month
Summer: 4.41 in./month
Fall: 4.56 in./month
Winter: 3.95 in./month
What to Pack
  • Clothing for layering
  • Ear muffs
  • Mugs for coffee/tea/cocoa
  • Rain boots
  • Scarves
  • Umbrella
Did You Know?
  • The stone-paved walkways can often become icey during winter, so bring a pair of boots with good traction!
  • Yale boasts beautiful landscaping all year long, and teams of workers keep the sidewalks salted and cleared even after the thickest snowfalls.


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