US Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Portsmouth
4000 Coast Guard Blvd., Portsmouth, VA 23703
In Portsmouth, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and windy, and it is wet and partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 32°F to 89°F and is rarely below 20°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from May 30 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 89°F and low of 71°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 3 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 32°F and high of 50°F.
The wetter season lasts 3.6 months, from May 10 to August 29, with a greater than 33% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on August 4.
The drier season lasts 8.4 months, from August 29 to May 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on October 20.
Cost of Living
Compared to the state average of Virginia, the cost of living index in Portsmouth, VA is 105, which is 3% lower than the average in Virginia and compared to the national average it is 5% higher than. The cost of living index is made up of several categories. These are transportation at 9%, utilities at 10%, goods and services at 33%, housing at 30%, groceries at 13%, and health care at 5%. The bulk of the cost of living index comes from the categories of goods and services and housing. If you look at everyday goods and services they can be a good indicator in a certain city of the general costs of goods there. In Portsmouth, VA goods and services come in at 11% higher than the average in Virginia and are 10% higher than compared to the nationwide average.
Getting to Know the Area
From the American Revolution to modern day – Portsmouth is full of incredible historic homes and buildings. Experience the architecture of over 200 historic 18th and 19th century homes by following the self-guided walking tour of Portsmouth’s most historic locations. If walking isn’t for you, call the Olde Towne Courtesy Shuttle for a ride.
The Commodore Theatre opened its doors in 1945. The theater was painstakingly restored decades later and now boasts a 40 foot screen, THX and Dolby Digital sound – as well as a full restaurant within the main auditorium. Relax and enjoy the latest releases in a theater listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register.
Olde Towne has exciting things to do all year – and every season offers its own special events. From the Umoja Festival and the Memorial Day Parade in the spring, the Virginia Craft Beer & Wine Festival and the Ghost Walk in the fall, to Winter Wonderland and the Holiday Music Festival in the winter. When you plan your visit, you don’t want to miss these signature events.
Bring your little ones to the Children’s Museum of Virginia and watch as they learn through experience. Gaze at the stars in the Beazley Planetarium and find your whole family transported from Portsmouth to far away planets and solar systems. The Children’s Museum is a fun place for children to imagine, explore and discover!
Every Saturday from May through December – enjoy yoga in the courtyard – and then stock up on some fresh produce, meat, pastries and more at the Farmers Market. If you are lucky enough to be here on the first weekend, you can also enjoy free admission to the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center – as well as a concert in the courtyard on Friday night. Then find some treasures at the Olde Towne Antiques Flea Market on Saturday morning. Make the weekend complete with a delicious Sunday brunch at one of the many amazing restaurants.
Built in 1915, the Lightship Portsmouth served an important role as a mobile guide for mariners throughout the East Coast to help them safely enter into the harbor at night. Now a museum – the Lightship is full of period uniforms, photographs of its service and incredible artifacts from its time in use. A truly unique museum, the Lightship Portsmouth should be a stop for any history lover!