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Pittsburgh When To Go and Weather

Peak Season Late June - November
Pittsburgh comes to life in the summer with outdoor activities and park events. Families abound, taking advantage of the school holidays, and you'll find museums bustling and the Zoo and Kennywood packed. The peak season continues through the fall, a particularly beautiful time in Pittsburgh. The air is cool and the leaves are ablaze with color. New students are settling in, enlivening every neighborhood, and the locals are out in force as Steeler Nation takes over the city (book your hotels well in advance!). If the Steelers are playing at home, the Northside will be jumping all around Heinz Field—so venture up there or avoid it, depending on your tastes. As autumn sets in, we recommend a leisurely drive out of town to enjoy the bright-colored leaves and rolling landscape.
Off-Season December - February

December, January and February can be brutally cold, but the chilly air doesn't scare the Pittsburghers, and it shouldn't keep you from visiting altogether. You'll find the major attractions less crowded, and it's an especially good time to take advantage of the arts scene, as it's better to be indoors. When the snow falls, the landscape is transformed. There are several ski resorts located within a short drive of the city, so you can make the most of the snow and hit the slopes. You'll also find no shortage of holiday activities, from parades to New Year's Eve celebrations.

Shoulder Season March - June

Spring is generally cool and sometimes rainy, and with luck you can catch one of Pittsburgh's beautiful thunderstorms over the rivers (hopefully not while you're trying to get on your flight home). The rainiest month of the year, surprisingly, is June, so be careful to have backup plans for outdoor activities. As the city wakes from its winter slumber, you'll find the Cultural District at its finest, catering to the crowds who are finally ready to get out of the house again.

Pittsburgh, PA Weather Forecast

7-Day Forecast

  • Tue



    57  30

  • Wed


    Mostly Cloudy

    56  39

  • Thu


    Mostly Cloudy

    73  58

  • Fri



    61  35

  • Sat


    Snow Showers

    49  37

  • Sun



    50  42

  • Mon


    Partly Cloudy

    64  50