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Students and scholars are often surprised by the weather in Massachusetts! Massachusetts has a continental climate, which means that the winters are cold and snowy and the summers are hot and humid. See the table below for more details.

Season Average Temperature Range Experience
Fall (mid- September to November) 8 to 15°C
46 to 60°F
Moderate temperatures during day, cooler to cold evenings
Winter (December to mid-March) -17 to 3°C
o to 37°F
Very cold winter, with bitter cold days and frequent (often heavy) snow
Spring (mid-March to late May) 3 to 15°C
37 to 60°F
Moderate temperatures during day, cooler to cold evenings; frequent rain
Summer (June to mid-September) 5 to 35°C
60 to 95°F
Warm to very hot days with high humidity, occasional thunderstorms

Seasonal Clothing Recommendations

Because Massachusetts brings four full seasons, expect to bring (or buy) different types of clothing while at Tufts.

  • Fall and Spring: a medium-weight jacket or coat is recommended for fall and spring, along with a rain coat or rain jacket
  • Winter: a heavy winter coat, waterproof snow boots, a scarf, winter gloves, ear muffs, and a winter hat are a must
  • Summer: lighter cotton clothes including a cotton sweater for evenings is recommended, as is sunscreen and a hat for the brighter sunny days