October weather forecast
Salem, MA

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The gray Witch House located in Salem Town, Massachusetts
The gray Witch House located in Salem Town, Massachusetts

Weather in October

With temperatures reducing from 63°F (17.2°C) to 43°F (6.1°C), Salem in October witnesses a vibrant fall. The city is renowned for its Halloween celebrations as the milder weather and colorful foliage create an ideal setting for outdoor festivals. Though sunlight hours drop to around six per day, the city's charm glows as it prepares for its annual tourist influx. With nine rainfall days, carrying an umbrella becomes a necessity for this month's outdoor events.

Temperature

October brings a decrease in the average high-temperature, shifting from a moderately hot 73.4°F (23°C) in September to an enjoyable 62.6°F (17°C). Salem's average low-temperature during October nights is observed to be a frosty 42.8°F (6°C).

Rainfall

In Salem, during October, the rain falls for 9 days and regularly aggregates up to 3.62" (92mm) of precipitation. Throughout the year, there are 124 rainfall days, and 43.03" (1093mm) of precipitation is accumulated.

Ocean temperature

In October, the average ocean temperature is 55.4°F (13°C).
Note: Navigating the 55.4°F (13°C) at 55.4°F (13°C) is no joy, and temperatures less than 50°F (10°C) can threaten breathing and cause a chilling shock, gauging personal stamina.

Daylight

In October, the average length of the day is 11h and 2min.
On the first day of October, sunrise is at 6:41 am and sunset at 6:24 pm. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 7:16 am and sunset at 5:37 pm EDT.

Sunshine

In Salem, the average sunshine in October is 6h.

UV index

In Salem, the average daily maximum UV index in October is 3. A UV Index of 3 to 5 symbolizes a medium vulnerability from unsafe exposure to UV radiation for the average person.
Note: In October, the UV index of 3 transforms into the following advice:
Exercise prevention - Precautions against solar damage are endorsed. UV radiation is strongest from the Sun during midday; protect yourself by staying in shaded areas. For holistic sun protection encompassing the eyes, ears, face, and neck, a wide-brim hat is key.
Updated: Jun 11, 2024
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Frequently asked questions

What is the usual temperature for Salem in October?

During October, Salem experiences an average high-temperature of 62.6°F (17°C) and a low-temperature of 42.8°F (6°C).

How much does it rain in October?

In Salem, in October, it is raining for 9 days, with typically 3.62" (92mm) of accumulated precipitation.

What is the ocean temperature in October?

In Salem, Massachusetts, the average seawater temperature in October is 55.4°F (13°C). Swimming in 55.4°F (13°C) is considered life-threatening. Even a few minutes in 55.4°F (13°C) water is uncomfortable, and swimming below 50°F (10°C) may cause total loss of breathing control and cold shock, depending on a person's physique.

What is the average length of the day in October?

In Salem, the average day length in October is 11h and 2min.

When are sunrise and sunset in October?

On the first day of October, sunrise is at 6:41 am and sunset at 6:24 pm. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 7:16 am and sunset at 5:37 pm EDT.

How long on average sun shines in October?

In Salem, Massachusetts, the average sunshine duration in October is 6h.

What is the UV index reading in October?

In October, the average daily maximum UV index is 3. A UV Index value of 3 to 5 symbolizes a medium hazard to health from exposure to the Sun's UV radiation.
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Average daylight
Average sunshine
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Average temperature in October
Salem, MA

Average temperature in October - Salem, MA
  • Average high temperature in October: 63°F

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (82°F).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (36°F).

  • Average low temperature in October: 43°F

The month with the highest average low temperature is July (63°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (18°F).

Average rainfall in October
Salem, MA

Average rainfall in October - Salem, MA
  • Average rainfall in October: 3.6"

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is November (4.6").
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is July (3").

Average rainfall days in October
Salem, MA

Average rainfall days in October - Salem, MA
  • Average rainfall days in October: 9 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is December (12 days).
The month with the least rainy days is September (8 days).

Average sea temperature in October
Salem, MA

Average sea temperature in October - Salem, MA
  • Average sea temperature in October: 55°F

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (64°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is March (37°F).

Average daylight in October /
Average sunshine in October
Salem, MA

Average daylight in October / Average sunshine in October - Salem, MA
  • Average daylight in October: 11h and 0min

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 15h and 18min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 9h and 6min).

  • Average sunshine in October: 6h

The months with the most sunshine are June, July and August (Average sunshine: 9h).
The months with the least sunshine are January, November and December (Average sunshine: 5h).

Average UV index in October
Salem, MA

Average UV index in October - Salem, MA
  • Average UV index in October: 3

The months with the highest UV index are June and July (UV index 8).
The months with the lowest UV index are January and December (UV index 1).

Salem, Massachusetts, USA

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