New Hampshire Climate

Like all of New England, New Hampshire becomes a new vacation destination every three months or so, as we revolve through the seasons. Our wonderfully variable climate is part of our DNA. Ask people who've lived in New Hampshire but now find themselves transplanted to Southern climes: The change of seasons likely tops their lists of things they miss.

The New England states have four distinct seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. In New Hampshire, some say we have a fifth season—maple-sugaring season—in the in-between month of March, when the snow is melting but spring is only just starting to receive its annual wake-up call. So wear your rubber boots and embrace the “sweet season”—you'll find some of the best deals on lodgings between late winter and early spring.

For those of you doing your homework, New Hampshire’s climate is technically classified as "humid continental." That means that we can count on precipitation year-round, with the greatest variable in our weather being the air temperature. Summers are warm and humid: perfect for splashing in a lake or the Atlantic, camping under the stars, or spending thrilling days at amusement parks. Winters are cold, which means bountiful snow: You'll love skiing our slopes, snowmobiling our trails, or dogsledding with a team of yipping, happy pups. If you're from a climate where you don't get to play in the sugary white stuff, you're in for a treat. And even New England kids get a kick out of being able to make a snowball in June at the Mount Washington summit, when all the world below is green.

At the Mount Washington Observatory, the weather atop New England's highest mountain is monitored 24/7. So it's science—not mythology—behind the observatory’s claim that this New Hampshire high point is "Home of the World's Worst Weather."

Don't let that distinction worry you, though! Unless you want to experience Mount Washington's fierce winds, extreme cold, and wild precipitation on a winter day or overnight visit to the Observatory, you'll find New Hampshire's climate, on the whole, to be pleasantly seasonal.

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