Columbus and Central Ohio Weather

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Trick-or-treaters will need to include an umbrella or rain gear with their costumes on Halloween. This should come as no surprise since trick-or-treat weather conditions have been generally wet in recent years.

The rain should fall as light off-and-on showers throughout the day on Monday and linger through the early evening hours.

Sunset occurs at 6:32 in the Columbus area, so keep close eye out if you are driving for youngsters and families, especially around nightfall as visibility decreases rapidly.

A low-pressure system moving north through the lower Ohio Valley will bring intermittent showers. The wind will be southwesterly, and average 4-8 mph, so not too breezy.

Fortunately, temperatures will be relatively mild, in the low 60s in the early evening before nightfall. The average high temperature in Columbus on Oct. 31 is 59 degrees, and the average low is 40.

Last year, we experienced periods of rain on Beggar’s Night, which mostly fell on Thursday, Oct. 28, with a high of 67 and .40 inch of rain in Columbus. The year before was even more unpleasant on the Thursday trick-or-treat night, with a high temperature of 50 degrees and a soaking 1.25 inches of rain.

Halloween 2019 was historically wet (1.51 inches). The high temperature on Oct. 31 was 64 degrees, but occurred very early. Enough cold air arrived later in the evening to bring a few wet snowflakes in central Ohio.

Rain also fell on Halloween (Oct. 31) in 2018, totaling .63 inches, with a high of 63 degrees. Going back to 2017, it was quite chilly (44 degrees), but the weather was dry.

The coldest maximum temperature in Columbus on Halloween was 38 degrees way back in 1906. The lowest morning minimum was 20 degrees in 1887.

The warmest Halloween came in 1950 (83 degrees). The warmest minimum was a balmy 61 degrees in 1919.

Occasionally, a few snowflakes fly on Halloween. The greatest daily snowfall on Oct. 31 in Columbus was 1 inch in 1993, on top of 3.6 inches the day before, making for a wintry Halloween weekend. A coating of snow fell in 1954, and a trace of snow was in the air as recently as 2019 and 2012.

Since trick or treat dates and times vary in different communities, it’s important to make sure that you’re weather aware before you head out.  One of the best ways to do that is downloading our NBC4 mobile weather app or checking nbc4i.com/weather.