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The weather in Barrington Illinois is the same for all the Barrington Illinois villages with very little variation. I am therefore referring to Barrington, Barrington Hills, Lake Barrington, North Barrington and South Barrington collectively. Also included are Tower Lakes, Deer Park and Inverness Illinois as they share the same zip code.
As a nation if not the world, we all get hung up on the weather. Some of us like it hot, others like it temperate, a few of us like it cold and that includes me. So what is Barrington Illinois weather like, what can you expect if you decide to move here, how well does Barrington Illinois cope with it’s seasonal changes.
Winter Weather in Barrington Illinois
As I write this weather report we have just seen one of the largest early spring snow falls. Not completely a surprise as it did seem that winter got a late start and February was more like January. So with a fresh new blanket of about 5/6 inches of snow, let’s dive right into winter.
January’s Winter Weather
January is the coldest month in Barrington Illinois with an average day time temperature of 28f. The average night-time low temperature is 13f. That does not seem too bad but it’s the wind that make it feel a whole lot colder. Like all areas we can have extremes too and a minus sign is often seen in January. In 1967 we had a record high of 67f and in 1985 a record low of -26f.
As to snowfall, expect about 12 inches in this month. Be prepared to layer your clothes this month and either hire a snow plow guy or get your self a snow blower, chances are you’ll be using them.
There’s no great changes between January and February. The average high is now 33f and low 17f. With another 8 inches of snow on average it won’t feel much of a change at all. You might think any snow fall would melt at a temp above freezing and it does as the warmer days and higher sun rule. This year, 2015 we had a large snowfall of about 16 inches early in the month and it stayed a long time with temps this year being well below average.
Marching In Like a Lion
Although Spring does not officially arrive until around the 20th of the month, we Barrington residents look to March as the month that turns the tide. The average temp rises to 44f with night-time almost reaching almost above freezing at 26f. Snow has not left yet as yesterdays event proves, but typically we get less than 4 inches of new snow in March. Don’t forget the spring rains though. With a total expected of 2.29 inches we see the start of spring rains in March.
The temperatures really start to see-saw in March, the days are getting much longer, the sun feels warmer and the winds for the most part die down. Snow can arrive and melt the next day!
Spring Weather in Barrington Illinois
It’s a well known saying that spring in Barrington lasts about a month. Here’s why.
April Showers Bring May Flowers
With average temps now at 57f for day and 38f for night, the snow has generally departed, the grass starts to grow. If we get snow on a cold day it’s usually a dusting and will soon be gone. We can expect 3.5 inches of rain which feeds to grass, flowers, plants and our winter barren landscape changes to green.
May Brings Warmth
Average day time temps are now 68f. We are climbing at a fast rate and May can see temps as high as 93f. Now that’s not spring, that’s summer and yet we barely finished April. With over 4 inches of rain, our landscaping goes to lush green in weeks! Grass needs cutting weekly and the trees are blossoming and starting to leaf. It can look and feel like summer! Of course school is almost out by the end of May and summer holidays start.
June’s Early Summer
The final month of spring with summer arriving around the 21st, we’ll see almost another 4 inches of rain and temps around 78f. For me this is a comfort level I don’t want to exceed but I know warmer days are coming. Temps can go over 100f but night temps are cool at 58f perfect for sleeping.
Transition to Summer in Barrington Illinois
With such a quick transition from spring to summer we barely have time to turn the heat off before we are turning the A/C on. We get a good dousing of rain in spring and often thunderstorms along with that. Tornadoes are rare in Barrington but straightline winds with some of the fast moving storms can bring trees and bushes down and that’s not uncommon. Of course the rainbows are gorgeous!
Summer Arrives in July in Barrington
Warming up to a toasty 82f in the day and 63f at night, July is the hottest month in Barrington Illinois. But averages are made of highs and lows and some years we often bask in the 90’s during the day, and at night well above 70f. With nearly 4 inches of rain expected the grass will stay green. However if the year is very hot and the rain minimal expect to see the lawn go brown. Nothing to cut and it can get very dusty.
We can have strong thunderstorms in July too.
Heat Continues in August
Although a tad cooler than July you would never know it. After all, the heat from July ingrains itself into the ground and there’s little chance for it to cool off. So 79f doesn’t feel any different and night time 58f is barely cool. August brings the wettest month! I seriously find that hard to believe as I don’t recall a lot of rain. Maybe it dries out so fast I miss it! Thunderstorms can occur just like June and July.
Back to School September
Actually most public schools return to class in late August here in Barrington, but private schools can go back as late as mid September. September weather in Barrington breaks the back of the hot summer months but only falls to 72f day and 52f night. With the days shortening the sun is not as high or around as long and the fall cooling commences. Expect 3+ inches of rain too which is good for the grass, trees and earth. Rain in the summer can burn off so quickly the ground needs to revitalize and rains in September can bring back the green lush grasses.
It’s time to open the windows, the A/C can go off and the heating can stay off!
Fall Brings Color
As the summer heat begins to subside, we have a month or two of very pleasant weather alongside the changing of the colors bringing beautiful scenery. The autumnal period can also feel as short as spring, we move very quickly to cooler temperatures.
Barrington Illinois Weather in October
Average temperatures drop to 60f day and 41f night. October will show us some frosty nights and the trees will start to turn the reds and oranges we all love to see in fall. As our leaves fall it means yard tidying and bonfires and the perfect setting for some late evening smores. You might need the heating on at night.
You can expect another 3 inches of rain and if we’re unlucky a late month dusting of snow.
November Heralds The Chill
Our temperatures are sinking now to 47f day and 30f at night. The heating will be needed and the windows will be closed up. Snow is often seen in November but only about 1 inch, nothing to complain about. With 3 inches of rain, November rain can be water, sleet, slushy snow and is a gentle reminder of what’s coming soon.
Sometime in November you’ll cut the grass for the last time and by months end most trees will be bare. The winds pick up again blowing most leaves off the trees.
As Autumn comes to and end December sees the return of cold, snow, ice, and breezy days. With average temps of 33f day time and 18f night time it’s similar to February and you can expect 10 inches of snow. Milder days will bring rain but most thunderstorms are long gone.
Barrington Illinois Weather Returns To Winter
So what can we say about the Weather in Barrington Illinois.
- We have four distinct seasons which makes for an interesting year of weather every year.
- Severe weather is limited mostly to occasional thunderstorms.
- Snow can pile up every winter.
- We can get heavy snow fall and occasionally blizzards.
- Although hot in summer and cold in winter the temperatures are not extreme to the point of unbearable.
- We get a good amount of rain every year.
- It can’t be all that bad, over 10 million people live in Chicagoland, and over 40,000 in the Barrington area.
- Our roads are well plowed by the townships so life does not grind to a halt.
- You’ll get used to driving in the snow. Four wheel drives are beneficial but not essential. Cars get filthy and salty.
The joke about Barrington Illinois weather is we have two seasons, winter and summer. It would be nice to have a longer period for spring and fall, but all in all it’s not a bad place to be, and there are always things to do no matter the weather.