Climate


Sell your snow shovel and buy a pair of flip-flops because Memphis is in the middle of the Sun Belt. In fact, the city has sunshine about 64 percent of its daylight hours, and more sunny days each year than Jacksonville.

Did you know? The Washington Economics Group ranked Memphis the #2 retirement destination in the U.S.

By general consensus, May and October are the city’s most beautiful months in terms of both weather and natural scenery. The climate year-round, however, is comfortable. It’s best characterized by mild temperatures and blue-sky days.

Average Temperatures: Average annual temperature: 62°F; Average summer temperature: 81°F; Average winter temperature: 43°F

Keeping the lawn green isn’t much trouble either since Memphis’ 53.7 inches of annual rainfall is well-distributed among the twelve months and there is little if any snow with which to contend. Truly, Memphis is one of those fall-spring places where summer is warm, winter is short and only rarely bitter, and where fall, spring and 65°F seem to last forever. Be prepared to grill outdoors year-round in Memphis.

 
Memphis
Chicago
New York
Atlanta
Los Angeles
Avg. Annual Temp
62°F
50°F
54°F
62°F
63°F
Avg. Summer Temp
81°F
72°F
74°F
78°F
68°F
Avg. Winter Temp
43°F
26°F
33°F
45°F
57°F
Annual Rainfall
53.7"
36.9"
49.9"
49.7"
12.8"
Annual Snowfall
3.8"
36.3"
25.8"
2.9"
0.0"
Relative Humidity
68%
71%
65%
68%
72%
% of Days with Sunshine
64%
54%
58%
60%
73%

Source: NOAA, Local Climatological Data Annual Summary

Updated 07/2016