The three warmest cities in West Virginia are Williamson, Huntington, and Charleston.
In this article I’m going to share with you my ranking of the warmest places in West Virginia.
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 West Virginia that have the highest average yearly temperatures. Later in the article I share a table with 30 most populous cities in West Virginia.
Top 10 Warmest Cities in West Virginia
Here are the top 10 warmest places in West Virginia ranked by their daily mean temperature.
1. Williamson – daily mean temperature of 57.75 °F
According to weather data collected by NOAA, Williamson, a small city of 3,000 people in the southwestern part of the state, is the warmest city in West Virginia. Williamson is located on the Tug Fork River on the border with Kentucky. The high temperature in the winter is between 47-51 °F, while the low temperature drops to 26-30 °F. In the summer, Williamson sees average high temperatures of 85-89 °F and lows of 63-67 °F. Its average snowfall is 13.1 inches a year. At 69.5 °F, Williamson has by far the highest average high temperature in the state. This average, compared to other locations in this ranking, is up to 6 degrees Fahrenheit higher.
2. Huntington – daily mean temperature of 56.45 °F
The second warmest city in West Virginia is over a degree cooler than Williamson. With 47,000 residents, Huntington is the second largest city in the state, forming the largest metropolitan area in West Virginia spanning three states (where 360,000 people live). Lying on the northern limits of a humid subtropical climate, Huntington has mild winters with average temperatures between 43-47 °F and lows of 26-30 °F. Summer months are hot, with average daytime temperatures of 83-86 °F and nighttime temperatures of 62-66 °F.
3. Charleston – daily mean temperature of 56.15 °F
Charleston is the capital and the most populous city in West Virginia. Weather data indicates temperatures that are similar to Huntington, with winter daytime temperatures higher by a degree.
4. Madison – daily mean temperature of 56.1 °F
Madison is a small city of 3,000 people, situated 31 miles southwest of Charleston. As the almost imperceptible difference in daily mean temperatures indicates, Madison and Charleston have very similar temperatures. The main difference is that Madison has days that are warmer by a degree and nights that are colder by a degree.
5. Point Pleasant – daily mean temperature of 56 °F
Point Pleasant is another small town on this list. It has 4,000 residents. Located 54 miles northwest of Charleston, it lies on the Ohio River on the border with Ohio. According to weather data provided by Weatherbase, it has hotter summer than the previous cities, with average high temperatures going to 86-89 °F.
6. Petersburg – daily mean temperature of 55.9 °F
Petersburg is a town of 2,000 residents, located in northeastern West Virginia. It has some of the mildest winter temperatures in the state, with average highs of 46-49 °F. At 34 inches of precipitation a year, it has the driest climate on this list.
7. Princeton – daily mean temperature of 55 °F
Princeton is a small city where 6,000 people live. It’s located in Southern West Virginia, 13 miles from the border with Virginia. It has the most moderate climate in the state. Winters are mild, with temperatures between 42-46 °F. Summers are noticeably cooler than in other cities, with temperatures between 79-81 °F. Princeton also has some of the warmest nighttime temperatures.
8. Ravenswood – daily mean temperature of 55 °F
Ravenswood lies on the Ohio River, in the western part of West Virginia, 50 miles north of Charleston. This small city of 4,000 inhabitants has similar daytime temperatures to the previous cities (except for cooler Princeton). It differs when it comes to low temperatures, which are up to 4 degrees Fahrenheit lower.
9. Ripley – daily mean temperature of 54.9 °F
Ripley, a city of 3,000 people, is located 37 miles north of Charleston and 12 miles south of Ravenswood. It has a very similar climate to the latter, with slightly warmer average high temperatures and slightly cooler nights.
10. Parkersburg – daily mean temperature of 54.25 °F
Parkersburg is the tenth warmest city in the Mountain State and the third largest city of the state. It has the coldest winters out of all ten cities in this ranking, reaching 40-44 °F during the day and 24-28 °F at night. Its summer temperatures are between 82-85 °F during the day and 60-64 °F at night. Parkersburg gets 2,259 sunshine hours a year.
30 Biggest Cities in West Virginia Ranked by Daily Mean Temperature
I created the table below by researching data for the most populous municipalities in West Virginia. When I couldn’t find data for a given city, I moved on to another. While the list includes 30 cities, some of the bigger cities may be missing because there was no data for them. Please check the closest geographically city then.
|City||Average high temperature (°F)||Average low temperature (°F)||Daily mean temperature (°F)|
|White Sulphur Springs||63.5||39.5||51.5|
Check the Warmest Cities in Neighboring States
If you’re interested in learning about the warmest cities in states neighboring West Virginia, check out the following articles:
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Kentucky?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Maryland?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Pennsylvania?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Ohio?
- What Are the Warmest Cities in Virginia?
Also check my article on the warmest cities in the US in every state. West Virginia is the best place for introverts to live in the United States.
Frequently Asked Questions
The warmest part of West Virginia is southwestern West Virginia. It includes the top three warmest cities in the state: Williamson, Huntington, and Charleston. The average weather in these places is between 43-48 °F on a winter day, 26-30 °F at night, and 83-86 °F on a summer day and 62-66 °F on a summer night.
West Virginia isn’t warm in the winter but it isn’t very cold, either. In the warmest parts of the state the average temperature can reach 43-48 °F during the day and stay around 26-30 °F at night.
West Virginia isn’t warm year round. It has about 6-7 months with temperatures during the day above 70 °F. The average annual temperature for the 30 cities I researched for this article is 53.7 °F.
West Virginia has nice weather if you’re looking for a place with four seasons. With a relatively mild winter (with up to 25 days of snow), warm spring and fall and hot summer (with possible muggy conditions) you get all the seasonal changes.
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