What Are the Warmest Cities in Missouri?

What Are the Warmest Cities in Missouri?

In this article I’m going to share with you my ranking of the warmest places in Missouri.

I created my list by researching data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other climate data providers.

Below I’m listing the top 10 warmest places in Missouri that have the highest average yearly temperatures. Later in the article I share a table with 50 most populous cities in Missouri.

Top 10 Warmest Cities in Missouri

Warmest Missouri Cities

Here are the top 10 warmest places in Missouri ranked by their daily mean temperature. While the differences between the top ten cities aren’t that big, the differences between places featuring the warmest temperature and the coldest temperature can be in the range of 5-8 degrees Fahrenheit.

For the top five cities I also give average winter and summer temperatures.

1. Sikeston – daily mean temperature of 59.5 °F

Sikeston, a city of 16,000 people located just north of the Missouri’s Bootheel close to state’s southeastern border, is the warmest city in Missouri. Its average temperature of 59.5 °F makes it over 2 degrees warmer than the three largest cities of Missouri (Kansas City, St. Louis, and Springfield).

According to weather data collected over the last decades, Sikeston enjoys mild average temperatures in the winter: 44-49 °F during the day and 28-32 °F at night. In the summer, the state’s warmest city sees temperatures of 89-91 °F during the day. At night, the average temperature drops to still warm 68-71 °F.

Sikeston, along with the next eight cities, dominates my list of the warmest places in the Midwest during winter.

Winter temperatures: highs of 44-49 °F, lows of 28-32 °F

Summer temperatures: highs of 89-91 °F, lows of 68-71 °F

2. Kennett – daily mean temperature of 59.2 °F

Kennett, a tiny town south of Sikeston, at the very southern tip of the Missouri Bootheel, has the warmest annual high temperature at 70.9 °F compared to the average annual high of 69.7 °F in Sikeston. This means that Kennett has warmer days but cooler nights. This is mostly visible in the winter when Kennett gets an average high temperature of 45-50 °F and 26-30 °F at night. So if you want the warmest city during the day, Kennett is a better choice than Sikeston.

Winter temperatures: highs of 45-50 °F, lows of 26-30 °F

Summer temperatures: highs of 89-92 °F, lows of 67-70 °F

3. Poplar Bluff – daily mean temperature of 58.65 °F

Poplar Bluff is the third city located in the same region as the first two cities. Poplar Bluff gets cooler weather throughout the year. Daytime temperatures in the winter are the same as in Sikeston but nights are cooler by 2 degrees. Summers are slightly more comfortable, with average temperatures of 88-91 °F.

Winter temperatures: highs of 44-49 °F, lows of 26-30 °F

Summer temperatures: highs of 88-91 °F, lows of 67-71 °F

4. Neosho – daily mean temperature of 58.65 °F

Neosho is a small city located in the very southwest corner of the state, close to the border with Oklahoma. Neosho enjoys the mildest winter days in this ranking, with temperatures between 46-51 °F. It has cooler summers with temperatures between 85-90 °F.

Winter temperatures: highs of 46-51 °F, lows of 25-29 °F

Summer temperatures: highs of 85-90 °F, lows of 66-70 °F

5. Carthage – daily mean temperature of 58.25 °F

Carthage is situated 26 miles north of Neosho. Despite being relatively close, it doesn’t have the same warm weather in the winter as Neosho. Winter temperatures are on average 1-2 degrees cooler.

Winter temperatures: highs of 45-50 °F, lows of 24-29 °F

Summer temperatures: highs of 86-91 °F, lows of 65-70 °F

6. Joplin – daily mean temperature of 58.1 °F

At 50,000 residents, Joplin is one of the largest cities on this list. Located 17 miles southwest of Carthage, Joplin has almost the same climate. Winter averages are 45-50 °F during the day and 25-29 °F at night. In the summer, it sees average highs of 86-90 °F and average lows of 65-70 °F.

7. Cape Girardeau – daily mean temperature of 57.75 °F

Cape Girardeau is a city of 40,000 people, located on the Mississippi River on the border with Illinois in southeastern Missouri. It has cooler but still mild winter months with temperatures reaching 43-48 °F during the day and dropping to 26-30 °F at night.

8. Branson – daily mean temperature of 57.5 °F

Branson has one of the most moderate climates out of the warmest places in Missouri. It enjoys mild winters with temperatures of 43-49 °F during the day and 27-30 °F at night. Summers in Branson are more comfortable, with average highs of 84-88 °F and lows of 64-69 °F. If you want to enjoy moderate winters and cooler summers, Branson may offer the best weather for your preferences.

9. Springfield – daily mean temperature of 57.4 °F

Springfield, the third largest city in Missouri, has the same annual daily mean temperature as St. Louis. But Springfield has a higher average high temperature so it ranks ninth. Average temperatures in Springfield have similar ranges to previous cities: 44-50 °F on a winter day, 24-28 °F at night, and 85-90 °F on a summer day and 65-69 °F at night. According to climate data, Springfield enjoys 2,690 sunshine hours a year with sun shining 50% of the time even in the coldest months.

10. St. Louis – daily mean temperature of 57.4 °F

The second largest city in Missouri is the tenth warmest city in the state. St. Louis has by far the coldest winter days out of all ten cities in this ranking. Temperatures are between 40-45 °F which is much lower than 45-50 °F in most cities presented before. Nights are similarly cold as in other places, dropping to 24-29 °F. The city is also the snowiest out of all on this list, having on average 14-15 days of snow a year. St. Louis gets slightly less sun than Springfield, recording 2,593 sunshine hours a year. If you want to live in a big city in Missouri, both Springfield and St. Louis offer some of the highest temperatures in the state.

Video Summary of the Warmest Missouri Cities

50 Biggest Cities in Missouri Ranked by Daily Mean Temperature

Springfield is the ninth warmest city in Missouri

I created the table below by researching data for the most populous municipalities in Missouri. When I couldn’t find weather data for a given city, I moved on to another. While the list includes 50 cities, some of the bigger cities may be missing because there was no data for them. Please check the closest geographically city then.

CityAverage high temperature (°F)Average low temperature (°F)Daily mean temperature (°F)
Poplar Bluff6948.358.65
Cape Girardeau6847.557.75
St. Louis66.84857.4
Kansas City66.347.556.9
West Plains67.343.955.6
St. Charles65.845.255.5
Jefferson City65.745.155.4
St. Peters664455
Lee's Summit654454.5
Blue Springs644554.5
St. Joseph64.842.553.65

Check the Warmest Cities in Neighboring States

If you’re interested in learning about the warmest cities in states neighboring Missouri, check out the following articles:

Also check my article on the warmest cities in the US in every state.

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