July is usually the hottest month of the year in Virginia, with the average high temperatures in the range of 78°F (25.6°C) to 92°F (33.3°C). The ocean waters are warm during the afternoons, and the intense sunshine mandates sun protection gear. Colonial Beach has average temperatures in the 69°F (20.6°C) to 92°F (33.3°C), and many places touch the 100°F (37.8°C) mark in southern Virginia. July sees 4" (102mm) to 5" (127mm) of rainfall, mainly from thunderstorm activity, and occasionally from hurricanes and tropical storms. Nights are relaxing than the days, with a rapid drop in temperatures after sunset. The growing season is at its peak across the state, with the fertile soil, adequate precipitation, and bright sunshine. Summer vacations see crowds at theme parks, beaches, historic sites, national and state parks. Hiking, biking, and bird watching activities are popular in the summer. Utilize the morning light and comfortable temperatures as far as possible. Keep an eye on the weather for storms in July in Virginia.