While a bit cooler than the heat and humidity of Washington, DC or other nearby cities, the Shenandoah Valley is still known for four distinct seasons. That means HOT summers, warm and pleasant spring and fall, and cool and sometimes downright cold winters.

The air can feel particularly sticky in the summer months when things can heat up. Average temperatures are in the 80s, but with the usual summer heat waves you can expect highs in the upper 80s to low 90s and even much higher for brief spells. Unlike other parts things in the east, things cool down quickly after the sun goes down too. And evening temperatures can drop to the low 60s or even into the 50s. It can make for quite a remarkable drop off, so be sure to bring along a jacket even if you’re visiting in the summer. July and August are typically the warmest months.

September and October there is a cooling trend and this coincides with the area’s wet season, with the most rain falling in September. It dries out as fall turns to winter, but the temperatures drop too. By December it will start to really feel like winter with daytime temperatures only in the 40s. It can freeze in Luray, and snow is not uncommon. In fact it can snow from late October all the way to late April, and it can be heavy and wet at times. If you’re looking to take in a winter wonderland then head to the Shenandoah Valley anytime from November to March, the rest of the time you’ll find lush green hills.