Located near the Canadian border, Burlington, VT deals with a humid continental climate that is composed of cold winters and mild summers. Vermont, especially in its mountain ranges, is known for heavy snows, which is why one of the state’s prime sources for economy is skiing. Burlington sees plenty of snow in the winter and early spring, and experiences plentiful rainfall throughout the year. 36.04 inches of rain fall annually in the city.


Prolonged periods of freezing weather is common in Burlington. Normal daytime temperatures often barely reaches 32 degrees all winter long. Nighttime lows in the single digits will be likely, and sub-zero temperatures occasionally occur.

Heavy snows can blanket the city of Burlington throughout most of the winter season. A series of storm systems along the Atlantic Coast is usually responsible for bringing heavy amounts of snow. Sometimes a storm can dump more than a foot on Burlington. About 52 inches of snow typically falls from December through February in the city. There are still days with rainy weather, though. Monthly rainfall amounts can average two inches in a winter season.


Temperatures will still be chilly at the start of spring, but they will warm up rather quickly. High temperatures average from around 40 degrees in March to near 70 degrees in May. Low temperatures are often cold as well, especially in March and early April, as the final occurrence for freezing weather falls somewhere in early May. Normal low temperatures can still be similar to those in the winter in March – near 20 degrees. But they should increase to around 45 degress in May.

Heavy snows can still be observed in March. Normal precipitation average three inches from March to May. Sometimes thunderstorms plague Burlington, but they are short lived. Severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and hail can bound to occur in late spring.


Summers are usually mild with warm spells. Sometimes, high humidity levels from the Gulf of Mexico can make temperatures feel uncomfortable. Temperatures in the daytime normally rise to near 80 degrees. Nights are usually in the 50-degree range. Occasionally, summer days will be hot. On average, six days of temperatures that are in the 90s are observed in the summer months of June, July, and August.

Thunderstorms and general rains contribute to the summertime precipitation for Burlington. Normal precipitation amounts are near four inches from June to August. There is still a possibility for severe weather, which contains thunderstorms with gusty winds and hail.


Just in time for viewing colorful forests in late September and early October, autumn starts out as mild before cooling down tremendously. High temperatures in September are near 70 degrees. But then, they will only be in the 40s by the time November arrives. Low temperatures range from near 50 degrees in the start of autumn to around 30 degrees before winter arrives. Precipitation generally averages three inches throughout the fall season.

Burlington, having a variant climate, has four distinct seasons. The nearby mountains are ideal for skiing in the winter; the mountains are great for outdoor looking at leaves in the autumn. Summer is great for relaxation at the nearby Lake Champlain, and spring yields to pleasant weather with mild temperatures.

Notes: Temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit. The climate data comes from the Burlington International Airport.


National Weather Service – Burlington, VT