Memphis - Coldest Decades





The coldest decades on record are ranked here for Memphis, Tennessee. The lists include decades when Memphis had the lowest average temperatures, the fewest hot days and the most cold days. These extremes are for temperatures observed at Memphis International Airport and cover eight decades, from the 1940s to the 2010s.

That is when Memphis had weather measurements that are consistent and complete enough to compare decades. Each decade comprises a standard 10-year range. For instance, the 1990s includes measurements from Jan 1, 1990 to Dec 31, 1999. An exception is the 2010s which so far includes data to the end of 2018. Links to the data behind these lists are in the References section on this page.

Coolest High Temperatures

Average daily maximum temperature at Memphis
High °F Decade High °C
Lowest 70.9 1960s 21.6
Runner-up 71.4 1970s 21.9

Coldest Low Temperatures

Average daily minimum temperature at Memphis
Low °F Decade Low °C
Lowest 51.1 1960s 10.6
Runner-up 51.7 1940s 10.9

Fewest Warm Days

Total days per year on average when Memphis had temperatures of at least 70 °F (21 °C)
Days Decade
Lowest 210 1960s
Runner-up 212 1940s

Fewest Hot Days

Total days per year on average when Memphis had temperatures of at least 90 °F (32 °C)
Days Decade
Lowest 57 1960s
Runner-up 61 1970s

Most Freezing Days

Total days per year on average when Memphis had temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower
Days Decade
Highest 68 1960s
Runner-up 57 1940s
References

Current Results. 2019. Memphis TN Temperature Averages by Decade

Jay Lawrimore, Ron Ray, Scott Applequist, Bryant Korzeniewski, Matthew Menne. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information.

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