Boston weather in November ranges from warm and glorious to cold and bitter - with many possibilities in between.
If you're planning to visit Boston in November, knowing what kind of weather to expect will give you the best travel experience.
Check out the photo galleries on this page showing Boston scenes on sunny, beautiful days.
November brings its share of rain and occasionally snow as well - so be sure to check out our packing suggestions later on this page.
November weather in Boston can be hard to beat - when it's good.
At its best, clear blue skies and warm, balmy days enable us to go into denial about the winter months ahead. Colder, rainy, even snowy days, make us appreciate the nicer days even more.
The images in this photo gallery show what early November Boston weather can look like. Note how many leaves still cling to the trees.
Move your mouse over each small thumbnail image to see a bigger photo.
Photos of Boston November weather scenes, from left to right:
1) Boston Weather in November: Lagoon in Boston's Public Garden, photographed on Nov 7
2) Public Garden, Boston, Nov 7
3) Boston Common Central Burying Ground, Nov 7
4) Downtown Boston and Charles River, Nov 7
5) Marlborough Street in Back Bay, Boston, Nov 6
November weather in Boston differs every year . Although warm weather, sometimes called "Indian Summer," may characterize the first part of the month, Thanksgiving temperatures at the end of the month may also be balmy.
Or not. Nor'easters, freezing rain, snow . . . all possible, and to some degree, probable. The only predictable thing about Boston weather in November is that it's unpredictable.
Average November high temperature: 58° F
Average November low temperature: 38° F
Record high temperature for November: 83° F (1950)
Record low temperature for November: -2° F (1875)
Average precipitation for November: 3.58 inches
The November - December timeframe typically brings the first significant snowfall to Boston - although October 28 snowfall, followed by a bigger weekend storm, reminds us that snow can come earlier! If you are planning to travel, weather can be a big consideration when deciding what to pack, so be sure to check the Boston weather report before coming.
In addition to my regular suggestions about what to pack for your Boston trip, be sure to bring plenty of layers - sweaters, jackets, warm vest, rainproof gear - so that you'll be ready for whatever Boston weather in November comes your way.
As I'm writing this page on November 10, the temperature is in the mid-60s - a stretch of warm, beautiful weather lasting for several days, with a few more predicted. Note, though, that in the pictures taken on November 6 and 7 in the above photo gallery, plenty of people including me were wearing warm jackets.
The photos of the North End in the photo gallery at the bottom of this page were taken last year a few days before Thanksgiving, on a day with a strong wind so cold that my fingers felt frozen and numb after 10 minutes, even with gloves on.
Particularly if you're visiting Boston toward the end of the month, pack a warm jacket or coat, insulated gloves, a hat, and scarf. Warm socks will also make you happy. Boots are a plus.
November is the perfect month for walking around the city and enjoying the last of the fall foliage, bright red seed pods hanging from small trees, many-hued chrysanthemums and other autumn blooms, and orange pumpkins left over from Halloween.
Even if the weather isn't so nice, dress warmly and go out anyway.
Just in case you're visiting and rain starts falling, check out my suggestions for rainy day activities in Boston.
If you're visiting with your children, take a look at the outdoor and indoor options on my best kids' activities recommendations.
The photos in this gallery show Boston during late November, when the weather typically turns colder and most leaves drop off the trees.
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From left to right:
1) Boston Weather in November: Marlborough Street in Back Bay, Boston, Nov
2) Roses in Back Bay, Boston, Nov 6
3) Charlestown, across the Charles River from the North End, Boston, Nov 21
4) Chinatown gate, Boston, Nov 7
5) Copps Burying Ground, North End, Boston, Nov 21
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