Savannah’s climate is characterized by long and almost tropical summers, with temperatures reaching freezing only a few times in the winter. Due to its proximity to the Atlantic coast, Savannah rarely experiences temperatures as extreme as those in Georgia’s interior. Summers tend to be humid with many thunderstorms. Nearly half of Savannah’s precipitation falls during the months of June through September. As the city is south of the snow line, it rarely receives snow in winter.
The city’s location offers visitors access to the coastal islands and the Savannah Riverfront, both popular tourist destinations. Tybee Island, formerly known as “Savannah Beach,” is the site of the Tybee Island Light Station, the first lighthouse on the southern Atlantic coast. Other picturesque towns adjacent to Savannah include the shrimping village of Thunderbolt and three residential areas that began as summer resort communities for Savannah residents: Beaulieu, Vernonburg, and the Isle of Hope.