Geography & Weather

Geography

Just an hour east of downtown Atlanta, the city of Madison sits on relatively flat terrain at 736 feet above sea level. Downtown Madison has some gentle slopes around the square and much of the historic district is easily walkable, though the brick sidewalks in downtown Madison can make it difficult to traverse for our ladies in high heels. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your step counter!

Out in Morgan County, visitors enjoy seeing acres of green farmland as agriculture is the County’s number one industry. Alongside pasturelands filled with horses and cows, fields of cotton are common as the small Town of Bostwick – population 365 – is home to one of the few operational cotton gins in Georgia. Rutledge is home to Georgia’s second largest state park – Hard Labor Creek State Park – featuring a beautifully wooded setting, miles of trails and two lakes.

Weather

Your reservations are made and tours are booked. You are almost ready for your trip to Madison, but what do you need to pack? The weather in Madison knows all four seasons, so let’s take a look at what to expect for your getaway.

Hunter House in Spring

Walker House in Fall

Spring

Spring is a just a breathtakingly beautiful time to experience Madison. Flowers are in bloom in a rainbow of colors. Mornings may be chilly with average lows in the 40s, but the daytime temperatures typically warm to the upper 60s to upper 70s. However, the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” rings true in Madison. Bring your galoshes and rain jacket but be prepared for some lovely days as well.

Summer

As you probably are already aware, summers in Georgia can get downright hot. With high temperatures reaching well into the 90s and lows in the 60s and low 70s, bring lightweight, breathable clothing. The warm temperatures combined with high humidity create a perfect environment for the afternoon pop-up thunderstorm. While they usually don’t last too long, these surprise storms make excellent reminders to take a rest and enjoy the rain.

Fall

Though summer temperatures can last into October, the cool, crisp air of fall offers a welcomed respite from the heat. Also, typically, a drier time of year, Fall is an excellent time to visit Madison. Bring a light jacket or sweater for the evenings with lows dipping into the 50s, but daytime temperatures average in the mid-70s and generally bring plenty of sunshine.

Winter

Winters are short and relatively mild with the average highs in the mid-50s and lows in the mid-30s. Winter can bring moderate precipitation seeing between 4” to 8” each season. However, the city rarely sees any significant snow fall, though a few flakes may threaten to shut down the entire state. Bring layers and a warm coat if traveling to Madison in the winter. Prepare for cold temperatures at night and more comfortable temperatures during the day. Some winter days in Madison can see temperatures get into the 60s! Also, don’t forget your rain gear.

Madison Averages

Avg HighsAvg LowsRain Avg
January54°34°7 days
February58°37°7 days
March65°43°7 days
April74°50°6 days
May81°58°6 days
June88°67°8 days
July89°69°8 days
August89°69°8 days
September84°63°5 days
October74°52°4 days
November64°42°5 days
December57°38°9 days

Source: NOAA

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