D.C. weather tends to be slightly unpredictable—hot, humid summers and cool winters with some snow, with springs that can either be very warm or freezing. AU students’ reactions to the weather depend on what they’re accustomed to, but most say that they like the mild winters and long falls.
Students should bring a wide range of clothes for the varied climate. Umbrellas are a must. In the winter, expect to wear a heavy winter jacket one day, and a light windbreaker the next. With the exception of 2010, D.C. does not usually get huge amounts of snow. Some winter days can feel like spring. As long as you build up a tolerance for some rain and unpredictable weather, you should have no problem exploring the city and sightseeing.