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April 2023 Weather Forecast: Will April Showers Bring the Flowers?

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The Almanac’s Weather Forecast for April

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It’s time to look at weather predictions for April 2023! Will April have enough showers to bring out those May flowers? Let’s see what sort of spring weather April has in store for us this year.

Oh, how fresh the wind is blowing! 
See! the sky is bright and clear, 
Oh, how green the grass is growing! 
April! April! are you here? 
–Dora R. Goodale

April 2023 Weather Forecast

Overall, April temperatures will be cooler than normal across much of the United States but warmer than average across Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, and Hawaii. It will be wetter than normal from the Appalachians and Southeast across the Deep South and Heartland through the Rockies to the West Coast and drier than normal elsewhere. 

In Canada, the weather will be cooler and drier than normal over much of the East and warmer and wetter than normal across the rest of the country.

Notable Dates in April

A late-season arctic blast to start the month will cause rivers and lakes to freeze over in much of the eastern half of the continent. Don’t worry, folks—just April foolin’! In reality, the weather on April Fools’ Day (April 1) and immediately thereafter will be mild across much of the U.S. East, with sunshine from the Appalachians and Southeast and Florida into the Ohio Valley, while rain showers will occur from the Northeast through the Great Lakes into the High Plains and southward to the Gulf Coast. It will be chilly with rain and snow showers over the Rockies and sunny and dry along the West Coast. Canada will be chilly with rain and snow showers over eastern areas and sunny and mild from the Prairies to the Pacific Coast. 

On April 9, Easter Sunday, folks will need to keep the jacket and umbrella handy for the cool and wet conditions along much of the U.S. East Coast as well as from the Heartland through the Intermountain West to the West Coast and across much of Hawaii. The middle of the country will enjoy sunny and mild conditions for Easter activities. Up north, there will be a snowstorm over Atlantic Canada, while the skies farther west will be more tranquil, albeit chilly. Snow and rain showers may alter outdoor plans from the Prairies into southern British Columbia.

If you find yourself driving along Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles on April 13—Thomas Jefferson’s birthday—be sure to keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, as rain showers may be making the road slick.

April 22 will mark the 53rd celebration of Earth Day. Expect variable skies with cool conditions from the Northeast and Ohio Valley across the Great Lakes and into the Upper Midwest. There will be rain showers from the Heartland through the High Plains and Intermountain West to the West Coast, including the Alaskan Panhandle. Across Canada, the weather will be sunny and pleasant from western portions of Atlantic Canada into southern Ontario, but rain may dampen plans from the Prairies to the Pacific Coast.

April 24 is St. George’s Day in Newfoundland and Labrador, where any outdoor plans may run up against periods of rain and snow. On this day, we also celebrate the birthday of Robert B. Thomas—founder of The Old Farmer’s Almanac!

On Arbor Day, April 28, Mother Nature will provide needed rain to give the trees a good start in life from the mid-Atlantic region through the Southeast and westward across the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, and Deep South into the Heartland, as well as across much of Hawaii. A late-month chill will cause snow showers across the High Plains and Intermountain West, while the weather will be sunny and mild for tree planting along much of the Pacific Coast.

→ To see two months of forecasts for your region, visit our Long Rang Weather Forecast page!

April Weather Lore

On the edge of winter storms and spring blooms, April graces us with warmer days that hint at what’s to come—but often reminds us that the cooler weather isn’t done just yet!

In addition to the famous “April showers bring May flowers,” there are a number of proverbs that speak of April weather:

Cloudy April, dewy May.

When April blows his horn, 
It’s good for hay and corn.

A dry March, wet April, and cool May, 
Fill barn, cellar, and bring much hay.

And, of course, we can’t resist including this gardening advice:

Plant your ‘taters when you will, 
They won’t come up before April.

Only time will tell if these proverbs hold true this year. Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Spring Weather Forecast

Look ahead! Check out the 2023 Spring Weather Forecast from The Old Farmer’s Almanac.