Live in the Yakima Valley - Climate - Live in Yakima, WA

Climate

Four Distinct Seasons Define Our Valley

alt textYakima County lies within the rain shadow of the Cascade Mountain Range, making the total amount of precipitation within the region relatively low.  The climate includes, dry hot summers,  and winters that are cool with light snowfall.  The maritime influence is strongest in the winter when the prevailing westerlies are stronger and steadier.  The modifying influence of the Pacific Ocean is less evident in summer.


Elevation: 1,068 feet above sea level
Sunshine: 270+ days
Rain: 7-10 inches (includes snowfall)
Snow:  14-25 inches
Temperature Range: Highs 37Fº to 90Fº / Lows 20Fº to 58Fº


Current Weather Conditions

alt textThe region enjoys four separate and distinct seasons. Sunshine is the norm as Yakima County gets over 270 blue sky days per year. Average precipitation is eight inches a year, almost half of which occurs as snowfall in the months of November, December, and January. The average winter temperature is 37o, spring 63o, summer 88o, and fall 64o.  Annual snowfall averages 20 to 25 inches.  The average growing season is 195 days. This perfect weather makes Yakima a leader in agricultural products, wine production, outdoor recreation, and tourism.

Monthly Temperature & Precipitation

  Low Fº Low Fº High Fº High Fº Inches Inches Inches Inches  
  Max Avg Avg Max Avg Max Avg Max  
MONTH TEMP TEMP TEMP TEMP RAIN RAIN SNOW SNOW  
January -17 20 37 68 0.77 0.72 4.90 10.4  
February -17 27 47 68 0.72 0.84 1.83 7.5  
March 10 30 57 77 0.31 0.73 0.73 3.9  
April 20 34 64 92 0.39 1.10   0.2  
May 25 42 74 102 0.42 0.70      
June 30 48 80 105 0.42 1.48      
July 34 56 90 108 0.12 0.47      
August 36 58 86 110 0.24 1.64      
September 24 43 78 100 0.29 1.36      
October 11 33 63 89 0.54 1.01 0.01 2.4  
November -13 27 48 73 1.28 1.70 5.33 14.8  
December -16 23 38 67 1.32 1.38 7.97 12.0  

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"My husband and I were actually looking for a vacation property in the Yakima area. We fell in love with the community, quit our jobs and moved here from Seattle." - Theresa Pritchard, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital