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It does rain a lot in Seattle, but the temperature stays mild most of the year.

When to go

Unless you’re a skier or snowboarder – or really interested in aquatic life – Seattle in the winter makes for a pretty dreary holiday. The city receives 65% of its precipitation from November to March. But in spring the relentless downpour frequently lets up to provide gorgeous days that are well worth the wait.

April and May are best for enjoying the fruits of all that gloomy winter rain: suddenly everything is supernaturally green and covered in flowers. Summer – June, July and August – is the high season and can usually be relied upon for sunny days, warm weather and lots of people saying things like ‘I thought you said it rained all the time here.’ Fall, the season of Bumbershoot and Oktoberfest, is the favorite of beer lovers and music fans.