Boston Weather in October

Boston, Massachusetts enjoys mild weather in October with days of moderate temperatures and clear skies. While relatively few days this month have rain, several days usually do get a good drenching.

This page gives detailed information on the typical October weather for Boston.

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The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at Boston's Logan International Airport, located on the waterfront next to Boston Harbor.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

61 °F October average high 16 °C
47 °F October average low 8 °C

In most years, Boston averages a daily maximum temperature for October that's between 59 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit (15 to 18 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 45 and 49 °F (7 to 9 °C).

The days at Boston continue to cool quickly during October. By the end of the month, the temperature has dropped around 10 °F (5.5 °C) below what it was at the start.

16 days 60 °F max. or more (16 °C)
21 days 50 °F min. or less (10 °C)

Nearly every October day warms to over 50 °F (10 °C) in Boston. The city averages just 1 day this month when the thermometer reaches into the 80s °F (over 27 °C). Temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) are not expected here during October.

At night, the thermometer dips to 40 °F (4 °C) or below on 6 days. But the temperature in October does not normally drop to below freezing.

Rainy Weather iconRain

3.9 in total precipitation 100 mm
9 days of rain

Half the time, Boston receives 2 to 5 inches (48 to 132 mm) of rainfall in October. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter. About once a decade, some of the precipitation falls as snow.

Sunny Weather iconSun

60 % sunshine
11 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Boston during 60 percent of daylight hours on average in October, for a total of 205 hours in the month.

October has more cloudless days than other months in Boston. Typically on 11 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in October at Boston lasts for 11 hours and 1 minute a day on average. The longest day of the month is the 1st with 11 hours and 43 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have shortened to 10:22 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

69 % October average humidity

The relative humidity in Boston during October usually peaks at 78 percent in the morning then drops to 57 percent by early afternoon.

Local Time1 am4 am7 am10 am1 pm4 pm7 pm10 pm
Humidity % 76 78 77 64 57 59 67 72

Windy Weather iconWind

11.8 mph October wind speed average 19.0 kph

October is a little less windy than most other months in Boston.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

3 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
1 day with thunderstorms in October
2 % chance a named storm approaches

An October thunderstorm happens in most, but not all, years.

While there's a two percent probability that a named tropical storm will approach within 100 miles (165 km) of Boston during October, it's unlikely that any storm in the area will be as severe as a hurricane.

Reference

These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals. The named storm probabilities come from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Hurricane Research Division.

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