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Fort Stewart Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Fort Stewart is located in Hinesville which is just under an hour south west of Savannah, GA. So when you PCS here, you’ll be moving to a place synonymous with lovely southern sunshine and mild winters. The climate on base is nearly the same as the state’s oldest city (Savannah). The summers can be brutally hot when rain and humidity/mugginess peaks, while winters are typically cold but short. It is wet and somewhat cloudy throughout the year. Temperatures can vary over the year from 41°F to 92°F and don’t go below 27°F or above 97°F at its worst. As far as weather goes, the most temperate time of year is in the late spring and early fall (the months of April/May and September/October).
Significant hazards include flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, and thunderstorms. Even without those, the warm climate can lead to too much sun exposure. Keep these in mind and check local weather to ensure you are well prepared throughout your time stationed here. The Army’s Hurricane and Severe Weather page can help you stay up to date. You can also get detailed climate information from weatherspark.com.
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High temps: Low to mid 80s
Low temps: Low to mid 50s
Spring is one of the most enjoyable times because the days are warming up from winter. But don’t worry, you can still enjoy cooler nights. If you expect to be outside all day, dress in layers so you can adjust your clothes to the temperature and your level activity. Consider having a rain jacket or umbrella close by in case of spring rain. You’ll be able to enjoy outdoor activities such as parades and music festivals as the weather shifts from cool to hot.
High temps: Low 90s
Low temps: Low 70s
Summers in Georgia can be punishing. The temperature typically hits its peak in July along with high humidity. The wet season runs from early summer to mid fall and the high humidity can make summers feel more oppressive. There are frequent thunderstorms, but they are relatively short. You might want to consider taking a weekend trip to the coast if you are in search of cooler weather. Be sure to keep in mind the potentially dangerous effects of the increased heat and sunlight. Heat exhaustion and stroke are real threats during the hot summer months. You’ll want to wear fewer and lighter items of clothing, but remember that sunburns can happen even on cloudy days. Be sure to hydrate!
High temps: Mid 80s
Low temps: Low 50s
Fall is a nice transition from the heat of winter to the cold of winter. You can feel the temperatures cooling down but still enjoy the outdoors before the harsh cold of winter. If you are enjoying the outdoors, consider layering with light functional clothing to block you from the sun or rain. The mild temperatures might tempt you to wear shorts and short sleeve shirts, but remember to protect yourself from the sun as much as you can.
High temps: Mid 60s
Low temps: Low 40s
The good news is that snow rarely falls during a Georgia winter, which can be a relief if you’re coming from the northern or mid-western part of the country. The average snowfall is essentially zero! It will get cold though, with lows in January that get into the low 40s. To be safe, make sure you pack some winter gear including knit caps, gloves, and a warm jacket.
Field & Training Expectations
It’s never entirely comfortable when out in the field, but the hot muggy summer and colder winter nights can be made worse with the lack of preparation. Your command or the base may issue warnings or advisories before stepping off, but it is always good to check before planning for a field operation. As you might know, the Army won’t always cancel training for severe weather though they may issue alerts such as flag conditions.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Hydration is key, no matter what the weather, but especially during the hotter parts of the year
- Waterproof your gear, the rain can be unforgiving and wet gear is never fun
- Heat injuries are totally preventable, so monitor yourself and your fellow Soldiers
- If you have any questions, be sure to talk to your medical unit or the field medics
- In short, use your best judgment in preparing for the worst. Remember, your health and safety are paramount! Check in with yourself and your teammates as you are out there training
Keep this page handy when preparing to make your move to Fort Stewart. It’ll help with your practical moving needs and clothes packing. Remember to do your best to take care of yourself by preparing for hot and cold weather conditions before stepping off on any field exercises or operations. Planning, preparation, and hydration in any climate or weather condition are key!
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