February Weather Averages for Washington DC

February is usually considered to bring the last of the winter weather to Washington DC. However, it is still the month that holds the record for the coldest temperatures ever recorded in this part of the US at -26°C in 1899. Although temperatures aren't likely to fall this low again, there can still be a noticeable chill in the air.

Traditionally average low temperatures in Washington DC will fall to approximately -1°C at this time of the year. However the temperature in the peak o...

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  • Temperature Temperature 5°C 40°F
  • High Temperature Holiday Weather 10°C 50°F
  • Low Temperature Holiday Weather -1°C 30°F
  • Sunshine Hours Sunshine Hours 6 hrs
  • Rainfall Rainfall 70 mm
  • Rainfall days Rainfall days 9 days

February is usually considered to bring the last of the winter weather to Washington DC. However, it is still the month that holds the record for the coldest temperatures ever recorded in this part of the US at -26°C in 1899. Although temperatures aren't likely to fall this low again, there can still be a noticeable chill in the air.

Traditionally average low temperatures in Washington DC will fall to approximately -1°C at this time of the year. However the temperature in the peak of the afternoon regularly reaches conditions closer to 10°C.

Over the course of the month, average temperatures of 5°C are expected, with some snow fall predicted. This means that anyone visiting the region during the second month of the year should definitely come prepared for variable weather conditions.

There is, however, still a high chance of some sun getting through in February. The maximum temperature ever achieved in Washington DC during February was recorded in 1985 and produced temperatures of 26°C. While, on average, 6 hours of daily sunshine are likely to seep through the clouds.

While February is usually no wetter than January in terms of average rainfall. It is likely that the 70mm of rain expected will fall over just 9 days (as opposed to 12 in January). This means rainfall is likely to be more significant at this time of the year, although it is not likely to occur as often. February is still far drier than the wettest month of the year in May, when up to 100mm of rain are likely to fall, all be it over 15 days. 

Where to Stay

The Hampton Inn in Washington D.C. is one of the most convenient places to stay in the area. Situated within walking distance of all the most notable points of interest as well as restaurants, convenience stores and bars, it is possible to come and stay at the Hampton Inn and never need a car. The rooms are clean and very modern, with staff that are always on hand to help. Spend your time enjoying the bountiful morning buffet, and preparing for another day of discovery in Washington DC.

When you want a cost effective way to stay in DC, book a room at Adam's Inn. This quaint B&B offers a truly authentic experience to all of its guests, set within walking distance of the Metro. The accommodation is basic but still very clean. There is a lounge room with large TV for evening entertainment and a computer with free access to guests. The staff are incredibly hospitable and always on hand to help. The fully stocked buffet breakfast is included in your stay. There are plenty of restaurants and bars close by for later in the day and with easy access into the city, it's the perfect home away from home that won't break the budget.

Though DuPont Stay is likely to be relatively quiet in the winter month of February, you can still be sure of a warm welcome. This friendly guest house is located just a short walk from DuPont Circle and offers a truly convenient form of low priced accommodation in Washington DC. The rooms are spacious and well maintained, with a mixture of shared and private rooms to choose from. The staff have a true desire to ensure that you have enjoy the best possible visit.

Restaurants and Nightlife

When you want a good cocktail in Washington DC, head down to the Quill. Situated within the high class Jefferson Hotel, this upscale cocktail lounge and bar is the perfect place to enjoy a lavish night out in the city. On a cold night in February it may be too chilly to enjoy the view from the patio, but the in-house pianist is sure to keep you entertained. The selection of drinks is wide and varied, with something for every type of cocktail drinker. Even if you only pop in for one, the feeling of historical significance of this beautiful bar is almost tangible.

The Tune Inn on Capitol Hill is a fabulous place to get great food at great prices. With a classic American diner theme and an inspiring history, the portions are large and the wait staff are very friendly. Though the quality of the food is what makes the Tune Inn stand out. Try to visit after about 7pm at night and you will see people queuing up to eat at this all day restaurant. Order the drunken fries for a true taste sensation or opt for the signature Tune Inn Burger.

If you want to enjoy a night at Barmini it is always wise to book, as it does get very busy – even in February. However, when you enjoy the combination of good food, excellent service and spectacular cocktails, you will be very glad you did. Attached to the exclusive Minibar, prices are high in this top-class cocktail lab. But with mixology at its finest, and the best tasting drinks, this is an experience you won't want to miss. It's a place to enjoy the sights, enjoy the sounds and be amazed by the people you might meet. Just make sure you take your credit card with you as the drinks at Barmini will just keep on coming

Things to Do

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is one of the most popular and famous places to visit in Washington DC. And on a rainy day in February, it is the perfect thing to do. The onsite state of the art storage facility means artefacts and specimens that cannot be housed anywhere else in the world are on display at this vast museum, which is a wonder to behold. There is a separate section for children who want to interact with the exhibits while the Great Gem Stone collection and Butterfly displays are particular favourites. There is so much to see, do and learn that it would take far more than one day to see it all. For anyone visiting Washington DC, even a short trip to the Smithsonian is an absolute must. 

For an invigorating way to see the Capital, enjoy a bike tour with Bike the Big Capital. Even if there is no tour scheduled for when you want to visit, simply contact the operators and they are highly likely to be able to arrange something for you. When travelling by bike, you can access areas that conventional tour buses cannot gain entry to and you get a work out at the same time. For those that want to ride at a more leisurely pace, the Bike the Big Capital team will always accommodate your needs. Taking in points of historical interest, areas of beauty and even the best places to eat. You tell the operators what kind of tour you would like to experience and they will do their best to make sure all your wishes come true.  

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