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Read this Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch (ACNH) guide on differences when the season, weather, & time of day change. Includes weather forecast, real life weather, & patterns.

Weather Info

Season Info

Time Info

How And When Weather Changes

Weather Changes Every Hour

weather

Every hour, the game determines whether or not a weather change will take place. If it does, it happens gradually.

Clear Skies Are Common During Events

It seems there's a higher chance to have clear and sunny weather on days with special events. If you're looking for another type of weather, try to avoid these days.

Not Concurrent With Real Life Weather

Perhaps this goes without saying, but New Horizons does not sync up its weather with the real weather in your area! If you want a specific type of weather, you'll have to either wait OR rely on time traveling.

Check Out How To Time Travel Here

Types Of Weather

Weather Affects Many Aspects Of The Game

Rain

Weather will have several different affects on your gameplay. For example, when it's raining you won't need to water your plants to make hybrids, and you'll be able to catch the rare fish Coelacanth only while it's raining or snowing.

List Of Weather Types

WeatherCharacteristics
Clear
Clear
・No clouds at all
Sunny
Sunny
・Some clouds in the sky
Cloudy
Cloudy
・The sky is covered in clouds
Rainclouds
Rainclouds
・State of the sky before and after rainfall
Rainy
Rainy
・Raining lightly
・Same effect as watering a plant
Heavy Rain
Heavy Rain
・Raining hard
Snowing
Snowing
【North】12/11~2/24
【South】6/11~8/25
【Time】Anytime
Light snow
▶︎Can get Snowflakes
Heavy Snow
Heavy Snow
【North】12/11~2/24
【South】6/11~8/25
【Time】Anytime
Snowing heavily
▶︎Can get Snowflakes

Special Weather Types & Conditions

List Of Special Weather

WeatherCharacteristics/Time
Thin Clouds
Thin Clouds
【North】3/1~5/31
【South】9/1~11/31
【Time】6am 〜 4am (next day)
Cirrocumulus Cloud【North】9/16~11/30
【South】3/16~5/31
【Time】6am 〜 4am (next day)
Aurora Borealis/Australis【North】12/11~2/24
【South】6/11~8/24
【Time】6pm 〜 4am (next day)
ThunderHappens during heavy rain
Fog【North】9/21~2/24
【South】3/21~8/24
【Time】5am 〜 9am
Fog (On Water)【North】9/21~3/31
【South】3/21~9/30
【Time】5am 〜 9am
Cherry Blossom "Blizzard"【North】4/1~4/10
【South】10/1~10/10
【Time】Anytime
▶︎ More On Cherry Blossoms Here
Cirrus Clouds【North】9/16~11/30
【South】3/16~5/31
【Time】6am 〜 4am (next day)
Rainbow/Double Rainbow【North】2/25~11/25
【South】8/25~5/25
【Time】7am 〜 5pm
Have a 50% chance of turning into a Double Rainbow (all the way)
Cumulonimbus
Cumulonimbus Clouds
【North】7/21~9/15
【South】1/21~3/15
【Time】9am 〜 9pm
Wavy Cloud【North】12/1~2/29
【South】6/1~8/31
【Time】6am 〜 6pm
Vapor TrailDuring online or local play, when another player flies to your island their plane leaves behind these trails.
Maple Leaf "Blizzard"【North】11/16~11/25
【South】5/16~5/25
【Time】Anytime
▶︎More On Maple Leaves Here
Meteor Shower【North】Anytime
【South】Anytime
【Time】7pm 〜 4am
Isabelle should let you know it's happening during morning announcements
▶︎More On Meteor Showers Here

The weather/cloud types listed above seem to occur under specific conditions and at specific times. Meteor Showers are clearly connected to an in-game event, but the others are not.

Check The Weather Forecast

See Upcoming Weather On Your TV

TV

At certain times of the day, a weather forecast program will air! Pay attention to this, as this will actually be the real weather of the following day. Also, this program will be on air for 14 minutes.

Weather Forecast Times

※ The Numbers in the white cells represent minutes. 6:15am, 11:45am, etc.

Time SlotMonTueWedThuFriSatSun
6am15151515151515
7am454545454545-
11am45454545454545
6pm303030303045-
10pm45454545454545

Weather Forecast Times

Mon6:15am7:45am11:45am6:30pm10:45pm
Tue6:15am7:45am11:45am6:30pm10:45pm
Wed6:15am7:45am11:45am6:30pm10:45pm
Thu6:15am7:45am11:45am6:30pm10:45pm
Fri6:15am7:45am11:45am6:30pm10:45pm
Sat6:15am7:45am11:45am6:45pm10:45pm
Sun6:15am-11:45am-10:45pm

Changes Of Seasons

Trees & Grass Color Changes

Trees & Grass Color Changes

The most noticable change you'll see when the season changes is the color of the trees and grass. They'll shift from flowering, to green, then brown, and white.

Hemisphere Seasons By Month Chart

SeasonNorthSouth
Spring March, April, May September, October, November
Summer June, July, August December, January, February
Fall September, October, November March, April, May
Winter December, January, February June, July, August
Check Out North & South Hemisphere Differences!

Seasonal Events & Festivals

Seasonal Events & Festivals

Each season will also bring about events and festivals. These include fishing tournaments, bug-catching contests, as well as even Easter egg hunting, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and more!

Check Out The Event Calendar Here!

Different Seasonal DIY Recipes

Seasonal DIY Recipes

There are different DIY recipes that players can get per season. Every recipe provides unique seasonal furniture that can only be crafted by using materials gathered each season!

Check Out All Seasonal DIY Recipes List!

Types Of Bugs & Fish

Types Of Bugs & Fish

The season also changes the types of bugs and fish you can find on your island. If you're planning to collect and fill up your Museum, be sure to catch bugs & fish throughout every season!

Check Out Rare Bug & Fish Ranking List!

Time Of Day Changes

Opening & Closing Of Shops

Opening & Closing Of Shops

The most important change brought about by time of day is the opening and closing times of shops. These include Nook's Cranny, and the Tailor Shop.

Special Island Visitors

Special Island Visitors

Some island visitors can only be encountered during a certain time of day. For example,the ghost character Wisp can be encountered only during the wee hours of the morning!

Check Out the Special Villagers List Here!

Bug & Fish Spawn Times

Bug & Fish Spawn Times

Time of day also affects the type of bugs and fish you can catch on your island. Some bugs and fish will only show up at night or during a certain period of the day.

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Anonymous 3

My island is full of rain like the weather is today

Bree 2

To the below comment it was recently foggy on my island and then rained for about 2 or 3 hours and then was partly cloudy for a bit afterward.

Currently, I have a downpour on my island and the whole sky is grey, been raining for 3+ hours and Every flower in my game is sparkling :D.

Anonymous 1

Its foggy/cloudy on my game. Does that mean it's going to rain?

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