Averages for Washington DC in July

The weather in July in Washington DC is hot and humid, with the threat of the occasional thunderstorms. But it is still an incredibly popular time to come to the city.

As the hottest month of the year in this part of the USA, July in Washington DC offers average temperatures of 27°C. While prevailing southerly winds bring with it humidity that reaches some of the highest levels of the year.

Any travellers that decide to visit Washington DC in July do need to be prepared to fe...

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  • Temperature Temperature 27°C 80°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 31°C 88°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather 22°C 72°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 9 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 90 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 14 days

The weather in July in Washington DC is hot and humid, with the threat of the occasional thunderstorms. But it is still an incredibly popular time to come to the city.

As the hottest month of the year in this part of the USA, July in Washington DC offers average temperatures of 27°C. While prevailing southerly winds bring with it humidity that reaches some of the highest levels of the year.

Any travellers that decide to visit Washington DC in July do need to be prepared to feel uncomfortable at times, especially if they are sensitive to heat or humidity. However the city is fully equipped for the climate and most public indoor areas will have some form of air conditioning or circulation.

On average, peak day time temperatures will reach up to 31°C at this time of the year almost every day. However temperatures have reached up to 41°C in July, which makes it wise to always be prepared.

When the temperature falls, average lows still remain very warm at this time of the year. Even in the dead of night, the climate never usually drops below an average of 22°C.

July also offers the most sunshine hours of the year, equal to the previous months of May and June. However with an average of 9 daily sunshine hours expected every day, the chances of a cloudy day in Washington DC in July is still up to 80%.

While there is plenty of warm weather, July is also one of the wettest months of the year, only behind May when it comes to the volume of precipitation. It is common for up to 90mm of rain to fall during July, with some rainfall usually occurring on an average of 14 days.

Usually the rainfall will be light, but there are times in July when heavy downpours do occur and storms threaten. But even the heaviest rain can't dampen the spirits in this city. 

Where to Stay

For the most prestigious place to stay in Washington DC, the destination has to be The Jefferson Hotel. Just a short walk away from the White House and many of the key landmarks in Washington DC, this luxury boutique hotel is a true experience. From the quality of the 95 rooms, to the superiority of their range of suites. Prices may be high, especially in the peak month of July, but the experience is still worth every penny. When the weather is wet, the complimentary umbrellas are a wonderful touch, and exemplify the commitment to service provided by such a superior form of accommodation. The luxury spa, award winning restaurant and incredible décor mean no one can be disappointed with a stay at the Jefferson.

For a low cost way to stay in Washington DC in July, head to the HI Washington DC Hostel. This is one of the most affordable places to stay in the capital, but it is still clean, comfortable and the location is superb. Breakfast is included within the price, and with both private and shared rooms available, there is always something to suit the budget. The staff are very friendly, and always have some great suggestions of the best things to do. There is even an activity board within the hostel so that you can sign up for the many events they arrange. With a fully equipped kitchen on site, the quality of your dining experience is only limited by your own cookery skills. 

Malolo Bed and Breakfast is a truly comfortable place to stay in Washington DC. With a South Pacific vibe to the décor and very high tech amenities, the entire B&B is so inviting, you always feel at home. The centre of the city is easily accessible by metro or car. Your congenial hosts will even drive you to the metro station themselves to avoid the 10 minute walk. All breakfasts are freshly cooked, offering the best start to the day. And with the variety of rooms all clean, spacious and well taken care of, you really couldn't ask for anything more. 

Restaurants and Nightlife

The award winning Rasika is part of a group of luxury restaurants spread across Washington DC and is an incredible place to eat. Offering a combination of traditional Indian styles of cooking with a high quality fine dining experience, the food is delicious, the atmosphere exceptional, and the temperature controlled wine cellar ensures every drink goes down just as well. In July booking is essential for Rasika, and will have to be done well in advance. However, for an eating experience like nowhere else in Washington DC, America or even the world, you are going to want to eat at this restaurant.

For the best jazz in town, head down to Blues Alley. With a variety of different acts and bands queuing up to perform here, tickets go quickly, but it is definitely worth the trip. The venue is intimate, the acoustics superb, and the atmosphere is magnificent. Food is served all evening to a high quality, and even the drinks are blended well. This is an iconic location for all jazz fans, with a history that makes the night even more magical. Just off of Wisconsin Avenue, even if you have never enjoyed jazz before, the Blues Alley will still show you a great night out.

When you can't decide where to eat in Washington DC, Carpe DC Food Tours will help you out. Your well informed tour guide will take you to some of the most delicious places in the Capital, offering a little something to savour at every stop. Try the Chilli dogs as eaten by the President and flavour combinations you have never considered before. In the heat of the July sun, every stop will bring with it a well-earned break from the high temperatures. And for those that like their treats in a more liquid form, the Happy Hour tour is a great way to see a different side to Washington DC. 

Things to Do

In Washington DC in July, don't miss the Fourth of July fireworks. The White House itself offers the perfect backdrop for the Independence Day celebrations that are famous all over the world. The day begins with the National Independence Day Parade along Constitution Avenue that offers a variety of entertainments and sights to be enjoyed. Then move to the hill itself in the evening when the light show will begin. Almost everyone in Washington DC will want to see the celebrations, so make sure you go early to secure a good spot. There will be celebrations all across the city on this day, and you really wouldn't want to miss out.

A fabulous way to capture the wonder of Washington DC is from a tour with Washington Photo Safari. On your excursion around the city, you will not only see some of the most picturesque spots in the Capital, but your tour guide will show you the best way to take photos of them. Choose monuments, architecture, wildlife, nature or even a night time theme for your tour. There is even a fireworks special for those that can be there on Independence Day itself. From the tourist with a smartphone to the budding professional, everyone is welcome on a WPS tour, ensuring you get to see the sights and take home some pretty impressive souvenirs at the same time.

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