The climate of Mississippi is classified as humid subtropical. Humid subtropical climates are characterized by generally hot and humid summers with alternating mild to crisp winters.
The summers are usually much longer than the winters in Mississippi. There is very little temperature variation across the state in the summertime, with the average temperature being around 81 degrees Fahrenheit. During the winter months, temperatures in the southern portion of the state are usually warmer than the northern portions due to the south's close proximity to the Gulf of Mexico.
Average annual rainfall across the state is 62 inches, with precipitation occurring approximately 109 days of the year.