Elgin, Illinois, is located in the Midwest, and experiences a diverse range of weather conditions throughout the year.
From freezing cold winters to hot, humid summers and everything in between, the climate covers all four seasons.
The cold winter season usually runs from December to February, with average temperatures ranging between the mid-twenties and low-thirties. The conditions are most often below freezing and snowfall is just about a daily occurrence. The average accumulation is around thirty-seven inches per year. the snow and cold in Elgin cause some challenges, work and expenses. It’s necessary to shovel the walkways and plow the driveways, sometimes multiple times per day, and pay for snow removal. We need to scrape ice off the windshield and dress in multiple layers of sweaters, heavy boots and warm jackets. We run the heating system just about non stop. However, we also get to enjoy outdoor activities like skiing, ice skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling. We wait a long time for the arrival of spring. The thaw typically happens sometime toward the end of March. The temperature rises gradually above freezing and by the beginning of May, reach into the mid-sixties. I look forward to spring blooming flowers such as tulips, crocuses and hyacinths. The crabapple, lilac and assorted fruit trees begin to bud, and its an ideal time to visit Elgin’s parks and gardens. In June, summer shows up. It last until the end of August and brings brilliant sunshine, high temperatures in the eighties and excess humidity. There are outdoor movies, concerts and festivals to enjoy. The Fox River offers boating, fishing, kayaking, swimming and losts of water activities. From September through November, the fall is a stunning kaleidoscope of reds, oranges and yellows as the leaves change colors. The cooler temperatures are ideal for apple picking, carving pumpkins, hiking, cycling and appreciating the natural beauty of the area.