What Kind of Geography and Climate Is There in Delaware?

The state of Delaware borders the Atlantic Ocean and Delaware Bay, as well as the states of Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The land is mostly flat with a few low-lying hills in the north. Typically, the climate is moderate year round. However, the state is often affected by seasonally occurring severe weather resulting in heavy precipitation, coastal flooding or autumn tropical systems.

Delaware, the nation’s second-smallest state, shares the Delmarva Peninsula with parts of Maryland and Virginia. It is a part of two major land regions: the flat Atlantic Coastal Plain and the rolling hills of the Piedmont. Most of the state lies on the coastal plain at sea level. Delaware’s highest point is only 450 feet above sea level. Major rivers include the Delaware, Mispillion and Nanticoke Rivers. Delaware has a land area of 1,955 square miles and a water area of 535 square miles.

According to the Delaware state website, monthly temperatures in Delaware range on average from 75.8 to 32.0 degrees Fahrenheit. During summer months, temperatures average 74.3 F. About 57 percent of days are sunny. Annual precipitation is 45 inches. Temperatures along the coast are about 10 degrees higher in winter and 10 degrees lower in summer.