Weather & the Seasons in Savannah
Savannah is located on the Georgia-South Carolina border where the Savannah River and the Atlantic Ocean are the natural boundaries of both the city and state.
Savannahians and her visitors enjoy this warm, temperate climate almost year round, so there is no bad time visit to our wonderful city. In fact, there are seven months in Savannah during which the average temperature is 70 degrees or higher. The most popular seasons for weather and outdoor enjoyment are spring and fall, when the weather is cooler and perfect for walking around.
Spring - March, April and May
A city of historic park squares, elegant fountains, moss-draped live oaks and a profusion of spring flowers, Savannah welcomes spring with several annual celebrations. From March until May, visitors are able to enjoy an array of events, beginning with Savannah's St. Patrick's Day Celebration, the city's largest annual celebration and the second largest in the nation. March and April are by far the busiest times for visitors in Savannah. There's also the popular Tour of Homes and Gardens, the Savannah Music Festival and the Savannah Scottish Games. Regarding the temperature, it can be cool enough for a light sweater, hot and humid enough for shorts and tank tops, or damp enough for umbrellas. Rarely will it freeze past mid March. Many local gardeners consider St. Patrick's Day their time to start planting. Layered natural fiber clothing, comfortable walking shoes and a little backpack are excellent basic attire for spring in Savannah.
Summer - June, July and August
Savannah summers are sultry, with temperatures often reaching into the high 90's. Mornings, early afternoons and evenings are when Savannahians enjoy taking part in their outdoor summer activities. Savannah offers many fun things to do in summer, and because of the heat, it's considerably less crowded than in the Spring. Nearby Tybee Island (a 25-minute drive from the Historic District) provides a fun and cooling beach spot to enjoy during your visit. Girl Scouts visiting Juliette Gordon Low's birthplace home make up a large percentage of summer-time, youthful visitors to the city. Around mid-August, as families prepare for "back to school," things start to quiet down a bit and you're likely to find some excellent bargains everywhere, including the unique hotels of Bed and Breakfasts of Savannah.
Fall - September, October and November
Fall temperatures are spring like and moderate, with just enough chill in the air to offer a reprieve from a summer solstice. With temperatures ranging from the low 50's to the high 70's and 80's, Savannah and her visitors enjoy outdoor cafés, deck parties and other events that involve socializing outdoors. Many people don't realize that October is one of the busiest months in Savannah; especially weekends. Ghost tours around Halloween are popular! However, for the traveler looking for bargains, September and November offer some of the most affordable times of the year. Our weather remains quite warm with summer flowers still flourishing until mid-October, and you probably won't need a jacket until the end of November.
Winter - December, January and February
Winters in Savannah are mild when compared to Northern Georgia, the Carolinas, Kentucky and Tennessee. The coldest average December in Savannah was 39.9 degrees Fahrenheit set in January 1977. The first three weeks of December are the quietest time of the year in Savannah. It's a great time to visit, as you will find lines short and restaurants open with great seating even without reservations. January and February are also slower times in Savannah, providing you with a great opportunity to book a room at a lower rate than during the peak season. Regarding the temperature, the days often find highs in the mid 60's, nights often drop to the low 30's - yet it can be surprisingly warm or incredibly cold on some days.
Savannah's temperatures are conducive to other inhabitants such as mosquitoes and gnats. Mosquitoes are prevalent throughout this geographical area, but the county provides relief with routine air and ground spraying. Gnats are a part of life here and the best reprieve is a steady wind or cooler temperatures.