An old saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather in New England, wait a minute.” That may be an exaggeration, but the weather in Boston can indeed change quickly. With a full four seasons of weather, we experience freezing cold, steamy heat, and everything in between. Autumn in New England serves up a spectacle of colorful leaves, and springtime is a vivid celebration of blooming flowers and trees. And there is nothing quite like the peaceful beauty of a fresh snowfall or a sunny day at the ocean.

So when the wind is whipping up the Atlantic Coast or down Commonwealth Avenue, you’ll want to be prepared. Here are some hacks from locals for staying warm and dry:

Winter Weather

  • Layers are your friend. With variable temperatures, layering gives you flexibility and warmth, with the ability to peel off a layer when needed. In very cold weather, two to three layers of clothing under your coat is recommended.
  • Invest in a warm, insulated winter coat, preferably one with a hood (Canada Goose, North Face, and Patagonia are popular brands, though any coat with a thick lining will do)!
  • Get good boots. They should be waterproof and insulated and there should be room for some air around your feet. If they are tight, your feet will get cold fast. Wear thick, wool-blend socks.
  • Keep a warm hat in your bag from October through April. If you are dressed warmly except for your head, you will lose heat and feel much colder.
  • Wear gloves or mittens.
  • Avoid exposure by keeping skin covered.
  • Be careful walking on ice, it’s slippery!
  • Occasionally BU closes due to bad weather. Check BU Today for updates (and don’t worry, it’s totally normal to hit refresh a bunch of times to see if the University is closed).
  • For extreme weather updates, check the National Weather Service.
  • Check out the City of Boston’s cold weather safety tips.

Some people are surprised by summer in Boston, but it can be hot and humid. Here some tips for staying cool in the heat:

Summer Weather