Climate on Rhode Island
(United States)

Average daytime and nighttime temperatures

All climate diagrams on this site result from the collected data from four measuring weather stations in Rhode Island.
All data correspond to the average monthly values of the last 20 years.

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Rhode Island is one of the coldest regions in the United States of America with an average daily high temperature of only 15 degrees. The climate is varied and offers seasons with strong winters and warm summers.
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Sunshine hours per day
The number of hours of sunshine refers to the time when the sun is actually visible. That is, without any obstruction of visibility by clouds, fog or mountains. With 10 hours per day, July is the sunniest month in the state of Rhode Island. In January, the sun shines the least.
Rain days per month
A rain day is a day on which at least 0.1 mm precipitation (=0.1 liter) per square meter falls. This can be rain, snow, hail or even dew. So it does not have to rain the whole day. With 11 rain days, December offers the most rain days, while September has the fewest.
Precipitation amount in mm/day
The amount of precipitation is measured in millimeters per square meter. Thus, at two mm/day, two liters of water fall on one square meter within 24 hours. With only 2.8 mm, the least amount of rain falls in May. October, on the other hand, has the most rain.
Water temperatures in °C
Water temperature depends not only on solar radiation within the same region, but also on ocean currents. For example, depending on the season, cold or warm water masses are moved from other areas. The warmest water temperatures on Rhode Island are in August, when the water is 19 °C.
Relative humidity in %
Warm air can absorb more moisture than cold air. The relative humidity indicates how much moisture can be physically contained in the air. At high humidity, a person feels uncomfortable and perceives this as oppressive. In general, a relative humidity of 40-60% feels pleasant. With humidity averaging 73%, September is the most uncomfortable. In April, on the other hand, it is easier to endure.
Absolute humidity in g/m³
In warm months, there is also a higher absolute humidity almost everywhere. At a temperature of 25°C, air can absorb up to 23 grams of water per cubic meter. At 20°C, it is only 17.3 grams. A relative humidity of 40% at 25°C thus corresponds to an absolute humidity of 9.2 grams of water. From a proportion of approx. 13.5 grams, humans perceive the air as muggy. This limit is only reached in a few months on Rhode Island, although these are always average values.
The "Humidex" (humidity index) is an index of well-being in warmer areas, calculated from the air temperature, relative humidity and dew point. The index corresponds approximately to the temperature felt. At high temperatures, the body transports heat away by sweating. At high humidity, the ambient air can only absorb a small amount of sweat and thus one feels uncomfortable. An index of 20-29 is considered comfortable. Up to 39, people perceive the air as slightly uncomfortable, and above 40, as very uncomfortable. Values above 45 are dangerous in the long run and often lead to heat stroke.
Map of Rhode Island

Most important cities in the federal state »Rhode Island«

The federal state has a west-east extension of about 50 km and over 70 km from north to south.

CityPopulationGeo position
Providence179,21941° 49' 26"N71° 24' 46"W
Warwick82,67241° 42' 0"N71° 24' 58"W
Cranston80,38741° 46' 47"N71° 26' 14"W
Pawtucket71,14841° 52' 43"N71° 22' 57"W
East Providence47,03741° 48' 49"N71° 22' 12"W
Woonsocket41,18642° 0' 10"N71° 30' 53"W
Coventry35,52541° 42' 0"N71° 40' 58"W
Cumberland34,84341° 58' 0"N71° 25' 58"W
North Providence33,83541° 51' 0"N71° 27' 58"W
West Warwick30,14641° 41' 49"N71° 31' 19"W
North Kingstown28,04241° 33' 0"N71° 27' 58"W
Newport24,67241° 29' 24"N71° 18' 46"W
Bristol22,79541° 40' 37"N71° 15' 58"W
Smithfield21,87241° 55' 19"N71° 32' 58"W
Central Falls19,37641° 53' 26"N71° 23' 32"W
Westerly17,93641° 22' 39"N71° 49' 38"W
Portsmouth17,75641° 36' 8"N71° 15' 1"W
Middletown17,30341° 32' 44"N71° 17' 29"W
Barrington16,66941° 44' 26"N71° 18' 31"W
East Greenwich13,68241° 39' 37"N71° 27' 21"W
Newport East11,76941° 30' 57"N71° 17' 15"W
Valley Falls11,54741° 54' 24"N71° 23' 26"W
Warren11,28041° 43' 49"N71° 16' 57"W
North Smithfield11,21241° 58' 0"N71° 32' 58"W
North Scituate11,17141° 49' 54"N71° 35' 14"W
Greenville8,65841° 52' 16"N71° 33' 7"W
Wakefield-Peacedale8,48741° 26' 46"N71° 30' 1"W
Charlestown8,42141° 22' 59"N71° 38' 30"W
Hopkinton8,26141° 27' 40"N71° 46' 39"W
Cumberland Hill7,93441° 58' 28"N71° 28' 1"W

Data basis: German Weather Service, individual values averaged and supplemented by own elements. Data on cities and inhabitants:, United Nations Statistics Division and own research.
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