Iowa Weather and Suggested Clothing
The Iowa City area enjoys all four seasons. The average temperatures for each season are as follows:
Midwest weather varies greatly, even from day to day, so it is wise to be prepared for many types of weather and for wide temperature variations. Below are the average maximum and average minimum temperatures for Iowa City in degrees Fahrenheit:
Dressing for Iowa Weather
Spring - March, April, and May
Spring weather in Iowa is quite variable. Because the temperatures fluctuate greatly, it is best to dress in layers. A combination of long- and short-sleeved shirts, sweaters, and lightweight jackets provide the most flexibility. You will want to bring an umbrella and perhaps a raincoat. Bring shoes that offer the best protection against the rain.
Summer - June, July, and August
In summer, the higher temperatures and humidity can be uncomfortable at times. You may wish to bring lightweight clothing, including short-sleeved shirts and shorts. Open-toed shoes and sandals are fine for this season only. A lightweight sweater will provide comfort during the evening or in air-conditioned buildings.
Fall - September, October, and November
Fall weather is similar to spring. While usually comfortable, mornings and evenings tend to be cooler than mid-day. Layering of clothing is again a very effective response to temperature changes. Medium-weight jackets, sweaters, and long-sleeved clothing will provide added comfort.
Winter - December, January, and February
Winter weather can be quite harsh, as well as unpredictable. Layering of clothing is essential. Bring heavy sweaters and a heavyweight coat. Leave short-sleeved clothing at home. A warm hat, gloves, wool scarf, and sturdy walking boots will provide maximum protection against cold temperatures, wind, and snow.
Each season is beautiful in its own way. So, whenever you come to Iowa, you will have the opportunity to enjoy one of these magnificent seasons.
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Reviewed/Updated Date: March 4, 2011