What is the weather like in the summer?
Summer in the Olympic Peninsula brings moderately warm days (average 65 to 75 degrees) with cool nights that can dip into the 40s. Fog is common in the lower elevations during the morning hours. Coastal locations enjoy cool afternoon breezes. All-day rains are not common during the summer though sprinkles happen and skies may be overcast. It’s a great time to play golf, have a picnic, or go sailing on the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
What is the weather like in the fall?
Morning fog is often present in coastal locations in the fall, moving inland in the evening. Rain is a common sight and the air can be quite damp. Temperatures reach a high of about 60 during the day and can be as low as about 35 degrees at night. Winds kick up frequently so kite flying is great when it’s sunny.
What is the weather like in the winter?
It’s chilly on the Peninsula in the winter but not freezing. Average afternoon temps are in the 40s while nighttime temperatures average around freezing or a little lower. Coastal locations get some snow; inland locales average about 6 inches per snowfall though it only snows about 3-4 times a year. Hurricane Ridge, however, gets about 400 inches of snow each year. Many people enjoy snowshoeing in the park during this time of year.
What is the weather like in the spring?
Like the fall, spring on the Olympic Peninsula tends to be wet and windy. Again, just how much rain depends on your location. Sequim, which is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, only gets about 17 inches of the wet stuff per year. Other parts of the park get as much as 140 inches and higher. At Lake Quinault, they measure rainfall in feet!
The early spring is still quite cold, with temperatures in the 40s and low 50s. As the season wanes, temperatures climb to the low 60s though snow is still possible in higher elevations. This is a good time to fish or enjoy a whitewater excursion on the Peninsula’s rivers.