Looking back on the weather on past Presidential Election Days

sunshine, 60s, and dry weather was the forecast for Election Day Tuesday

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Not every Presidential Election Day was as beautiful as Tuesday. 22News did some research on what past Presidential Election Days were like here in western Massachusetts.

This Election Day seems to take the cake on the best Presidential Election Day weather in awhile. You cannot go wrong with sunshine, dry weather, and temperatures in the 60s.

After a chilly start to the day with temperatures in the 20s, the weather warmed up quickly. Sunshine, wall to wall blue sky, and temperatures already in the lower 60s by noon. Election Day this year was beyond picture perfect for people to come out and vote.

22News asked one resident how they felt about the weather. Dave Lamarche, from Chicopee, told 22News, “That’s why I’m here no snow to shovel and its a good day to be here, hope everyone comes out.”

Average high temperatures for early November is in the lower 50s, putting western Massachusetts a good 5 to even 10 degrees above average for this time of the year

The 22News Storm Team keeps track of past weather data. The past Presidential Election Day’s were not as beautiful as this. In 2012 western Massachusetts saw a wintry mix with highs in the lower 40s. 2008, it rained, 2004 temperatures were only in the 40s, and back in 2000 temperatures were in the 50s.

One man told 22News this Presidential Election Day’s weather had him bring out the sun block. Brian Hoar, from Wilbraham, told 22News, “It could have been a lot colder than 65 and sunny which is great Ill be here holding signs all day I still need the sunblock with my fair skin and hopefully it will bring a lot of voters out today.”

22News also talked to residents at the polls who said they think the weather this year definitely made a difference in turn out.