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Alabama at a Glance
The majority of Alabama’s days are warm and sunny. Rainfall across the state is lowest in October and highest in March. Spring comes early, with a brilliant palette of colors and temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) daily by March. Summer days average in the 80s F (mid-20s C), with periods of heat in the 90s F (32 C) peaking in July.
In the cooler months of September, October and November, you usually won’t need more than a sweater or light jacket to stay warm. Severely cold weather is rare in Alabama, though snow flurries can be seen in the higher elevations of North Alabama. For Birmingham, the average low temperature in January is 33 F degrees, while the high is 54 F. In the coastal city of Mobile, the average January low is 40 F and the high 61 F.
Hurricane season extends from May to October in Alabama, while conditions for tornadoes are most common in March, April and November. The Alabama Emergency Management Association offers tips on how to be prepared for severe weather, and you can stay informed of Alabama weather conditions through the National Weather Service.
Climate: Hot, with average temperatures in the 80s and peaks in the 90s F in July.
Summer is a perfect time to enjoy Alabama’s sugar-white beaches, which come alive in the warm-weather months with plenty of excellent food, vibrant night life, unique learning opportunities and fun for the whole family. From music festivals on the beach to activities just for kids, there is always a good time waiting for you on Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Besides building sand castles, kids can also enjoy attractions such as The Track to fulfill their need for speed, the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo and many more.
While the kids are out of school, be sure to visit some of Alabama’s most popular attractions. Travel to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for an out-of-this-world experience, take the kids by the McWane Science Center in Birmingham or dive into the world of sea creatures at the Estuarium on Dauphin Island. Head to Mobile to tour the USS Alabama or explore the state's Capitol and visit the Montgomery Zoo.
Alabama is never lacking in things to do. Festivals celebrating food, art, culture, heritage and more take place across the state, from Fourth of July fireworks at Vulcan Park in Birmingham to the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. Our calendar of events can tell you all about what's going on in Alabama during your visit.
Climate: Daytime temperatures in the 70s F, with lows in the 50s. You usually need only a sweater or light jacket through November. Rainfall is lowest in October.
Alabama is beautiful throughout the year but especially in the fall. As the greens of summer surrender to glittering yellow poplars, scarlet dogwoods, orange maples and golden hickories, Alabama unfolds its patchwork quilt of color. Fall colors will begin showing in the mountains of North Alabama in early October and then sweep across the region. Colors will be at their best from late October to early November. Take the Fall Color Trail to make sure you catch the colors at their peak.
Alabama is one of the premier states in the nation for hunting white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkey. Other species provide good hunting as well, including feral hogs, waterfowl, rabbits, squirrel, mourning doves and bobwhite quail. Here, hunting enthusiasts enjoy more than 1.3 million acres of public hunting land, including 37 Wildlife Management Areas as well as 17 areas designed for physically disabled hunters.
Be sure to visit some of Alabama’s most popular attractions. Travel to the U.S. Space & Rocket Center for an out-of-this-world experience, take the kids by the McWane Science Center in Birmingham or dive into the world of sea creatures at the Estuarium on Dauphin Island. Head to Mobile to tour the USS Alabama or explore the state's Capitol and visit the Montgomery Zoo.
Climate: Average daytime temperatures in the mid-50s F, with lows in the 30s. Severely cold weather — or even snow — are rare in Alabama, though flurries can be seen in the higher elevation of North Alabama.
During the winter, Alabama’s Gulf Coast offers a getaway for anyone wanting to escape frigid weather. Whether you’re looking for peaceful seclusion or adrenaline and night life, you’re sure to find an Alabama beach community that feels just right. In the winter, take advantage of easier access to historic sites and other local attractions.
Alabama is a destination for explorers of all ages. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors follow man's journey into space at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville. They experience larger-than-life IMAX films at Birmingham's McWane Science Center and get back to nature at numerous museums and education centers. Whether you want to see a space shuttle up close or learn about the science of our solar system, let Alabama be the launch pad for your family's sense of wonder.
A canvas of scenic beauty greets you year-round in the Lookout Mountain area of northeastern Alabama. This area boasts beautiful bed and breakfasts and renowned outdoor recreation, including Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort, where you will find the only skiing in the state.
Climate: The majority of Alabama's spring days are warm and sunny. Rainfall across the state is highest in March, and temperatures average in the 60s F.
Whether you prefer saltwater or freshwater, Alabama has some of the Southeastern United States’ best fishing spots. You can charter a boat on Alabama's Gulf Coast and sail off after blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, amberjack, cobia, red snapper and more. If it's widemouth bass you're after, freshwater fishing destinations abound.
Stand on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Tennessee River and hit a tee shot over what seems to be a bottomless ravine. Stand on a bluff hovering above the Alabama River and watch your drive seemingly sail through the clouds then fall to a ribbon of fairway 200 feet below. These are the kinds of breathtaking shots you'll find up and down the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and at other golf destinations throughout Alabama.
Spring is the perfect time to roll down your windows and cruise through Alabama. Our Alabama Road Trips give you plenty of destinations to choose from and make planning a breeze. From spring break at the beach to journeys back in time, you're sure to find a trip to cure your spring fever.
If you're traveling to Alabama via major roadways, chances are you'll see one of our many Alabama Welcome Centers. Stop by and say hello and take advantage of our free hotel reservation service. Our Welcome Center receptionists will be happy to make your hotel or motel reservations anywhere in the state.
For your safety and convenience, please have the following travel documents with you at all times when visiting Alabama:
Our convention and visitors bureaus and tourism organizations such as the Alabama Travel Council have a wealth of information to help you plan your trip to almost anywhere in Alabama. Contact them before coming or stop in when you arrive, and they'll be happy to offer a helping hand.