Richmond - Coldest Decades





The coldest decades on record are ranked here for Richmond, Virginia. The lists include decades when Richmond had the lowest average temperatures, the fewest hot days and the most cold days. These extremes are for temperatures observed at the Richmond International Airport and cover seven decades, from the 1950s to the 2010s.

That is when Richmond 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 Richmond
High °F Decade High °C
Lowest 67.9 1960s 20.0
Runner-up 68.8 1980s 20.4

Coldest Low Temperatures

Average daily minimum temperature at Richmond
Low °F Decade Low °C
Lowest 45.3 1960s 7.4
Runner-up 46.8 1970s 8.2

Fewest Warm Days

Total days per year on average when Richmond had temperatures of at least 70 °F (21 °C)
Days Decade
Lowest 189 1960s
Runner-up 192 1980s, 1950s

Fewest Hot Days

Total days per year on average when Richmond had temperatures of at least 90 °F (32 °C)
Days Decade
Lowest 38 1960s
Runner-up 39 1970s

Most Freezing Days

Total days per year on average when Richmond had temperatures of 32 °F (0 °C) or lower
Days Decade
Highest 96 1960s
Runner-up 86 1970s
References

Current Results. 2019. Richmond VA 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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