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Weather in Kentucky

Because of its central U.S. location, the weather in Kentucky is typically mild and moderate no matter what time of year you visit.

The state experiences all four distinct seasons, with warm summers and moderately cold winters. The daytime temperature during the summer averages 87 degrees, and the UV index is typically high, even when the sun is blocked by clouds, so take precautions against skin damage if you’re spending much time outdoors. Conversely, the winter lows average around 23 degrees, meaning snow and ice can be a hazard at times — always be prepared.

Despite these trends, the weather in KY can vary a lot from day to day, and you never know when an afternoon will go from clear to thunderstorms in an hour or two, so it always helps to check the forecast before your visit in order to pack appropriately.

When it comes to great outdoors weather, Kentucky is most popular in spring and fall. In spring, Kentucky awakens with color and liveliness. The state's legendary bluegrass fields glow brightly, and spring foals can be seen making their first runs in Kentucky's Horse Country. Spring is also great for enjoying Kentucky's many outdoor attractions, horse racing, bourbon tours and caving adventures.

During the fall, the weather in Kentucky brings about even more color and the air typically feels nice and cool. The first shades of yellow, red, and orange foliage can be spotted as early as mid to late September in some areas of the state, with a statewide peak somewhere around mid-October. Kentucky's Appalachian Mountain region offers the best balance of scenery and color — and there are plenty of magnificent sunrise and sunset-watching spots for over-the-top views.

Click here to check current local weather conditions and radar forecasts and share with your travel companions. Check out the average monthly temperatures posted below for an idea of how you’ll need to pack for your next Kentucky adventure!

TEMPERATURE BY MONTH
JAN - JUN
YEAR JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN
2004 33.2 36.9 49.5 55.9 69.2 72.3
2003 28.7 33.7 49.0 57.9 64.3 69.0
2002 38.2 38.9 45.5 58.7 62.3 74.5
JUL - DEC
YEAR JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
2004 74.4 71.2 68.8 59.9 50.4 36.4
2003 75.4 76.0 66.3 56.7 50.5 37.5
2002 78.6 77.5 71.9 57.6 43.7 37.3