Memphis Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Memphis

The best times to visit Memphis are April and May or October and November. These short seasons are brief reliefs from the uncomfortable (and long) summer and winter seasons. Average summer highs often climb above 90 degrees with high humidity. However, the summer remains Memphis' peak tourism season because of school vacations.

Weather in Memphis

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
48.6
30.9
53.4
34.9
63.1
43
73.2
52.3
81
61.2
89.2
68.9
92.3
72.9
90.9
71.1
83.8
64.6
74.3
52
62.2
42.6
52.5
34.9
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
3.73
4.35
5.41
5.46
4.98
3.57
3.79
3.43
3.53
3.01
5.1
5.74
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

June-September

Your Elvis T-shirt will be stuck to your skin, and you'll be tempted to follow the ducks' example and hop into the Peabody Fountain. Plan to drink lots of water and power walk to your next destination. Or better yet, drive with the AC on high. And if you're planning to attend Elvis Week festivities, book your accommodations several months in advance.

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October-November

Autumn in Memphis features more bearable temperatures and a dry, sunny climate. However, the weather can change suddenly, so it's best to pack for all conditions. Fall also witnesses a flurry of discounted deals.

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December-March

For a place that boils in the summer, Memphis can get chilly in the winter. Daily highs will be in the low 50s before March, when temps begin to climb. These months are also the rainiest, so bring an umbrella.

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April-May

Not only will you enjoy the best weather that Memphis has to offer (temps hover in the mid-60s and low 70s), but you can also partake in the city's Memphis in May International Festival, a monthlong event that features some of the city's most popular festivals. Keep in mind: You won't be the only one capitalizing on the city's amazing weather and robust events calendar. Plan to book your accommodations several months in advance.

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Not only will you get the best weather that Memphis has to offer, but also you'll partake in its two greatest festivals. The city's cuisine, culture, parks, and residents will be on full display at this time of year.

Key Events:
Beale Street Music Festival (May)
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (May)

Popular Times to Visit Memphis

Average Tourist Volumes

Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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