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Natchez has a semi-tropical climate with warm summers and mild winters. Winters have an average temperature of 53 degrees. Fall and spring are very comfortable seasons with temperatures in the ideal 60's and 70's. Summer is usually much warmer with temperatures averaging in the high 80s but often climbing above with a humid atmosphere and frequent afternoon rain showers.
Those affected by the humidity so much so that an ice-cold lemonade will not revive them, will really enjoy Natchez the most in the springtime. In fact the spring is the tourist high season as it has the best climate of the year. The Spring Pilgrimage tour of homes actually began as a tour of Natchez gardens. Flowers come very early. Paper Whites and Redbud Trees lead the way, with dogwoods, azaleas, and tulips close behind. Late spring and early summer bring us Magnolia blooms and the now famous Natchez Crepe Myrtle. Light clothing, sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are highly recommended no matter what time of year you visit.
If you can stand the heat and don't want to get out of the kitchen however, August boasts some great celebrations to consider, especially for the foodies. The Natchez Food & Wine Festival, with its weekend of tastings, gatherings, and celebrity chefs, is a great one to come for and at the end of the month there is a Jambalaya Cook-off Festival so prepare to come and indulge on the area's culinary specialties.