When it comes to shipping and courier services, weather conditions are one of the major factors that can cause damage or delays to package deliveries. Rain is a common weather condition that can significantly impact delivery times. As a consumer, it’s natural to wonder if your package will still be delivered on rainy days.

If you’re expecting a UPS package, you may be curious to know if they deliver on rainy days or if it has any impact on delivery times. The good news is that, yes, UPS will still deliver your package in rainy conditions. However, they will take precautions to ensure that your package is protected from the elements as much as possible.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at how UPS handles deliveries during rainy weather and what steps you can take to ensure that your package is protected from rain and remains damage-free.

How UPS Delivers Packages When It’s Raining

If you’re expecting a package from UPS and it happens to be raining outside, you may be wondering how your package will be delivered. The good news is that, for the most part, UPS will deliver your package as per usual on rainy days.

However, there may be some exceptions. If the weather conditions are severe enough to pose a risk to delivery drivers, such as during thunderstorms with heavy winds, UPS may slightly delay delivery for safety reasons.

However, in more moderate rainy conditions, you can expect your package to be delivered as planned. UPS drivers will typically not leave packages out in the rain unless they have no choice.

Instead, they’ll look for sheltered areas to place your package, such as on a porch or under an awning. In some cases, they may even provide a plastic cover to protect your package from getting wet. 

In the upcoming sections, we will explore the potential effects rainy conditions have on your expected delivery and some of the best practices for receiving packages on rainy days. 

Potential Effects of Rain on UPS Deliveries

While UPS strives to deliver packages as efficiently as possible, the effects of rain on deliveries can sometimes cause delays and other issues that you should be aware of. Let’s explore these effects in more detail.


One of the most significant potential effects of rainy weather on UPS deliveries is delays. Heavy rainfall can cause a variety of delays that impact the delivery of packages.

During rain, the roads may become congested with traffic, causing UPS drivers to experience longer delivery times. Additionally, the reduced visibility and wet road conditions during rainfall may force drivers to slow down, which further increases delivery times.

Another factor that can cause delays is the need for UPS drivers to take extra precautions when making deliveries during heavy downpours. For example, drivers may need to find alternate routes or take more time to navigate through difficult terrains, such as flooded or muddy roads. This can lead to slower deliveries and longer wait times for customers.

In some cases, UPS may not be able to complete all scheduled deliveries on a given day due to the impact of heavy rain (for example flooded areas or roads). When this happens, some packages may arrive on the next day.

Wet Packages 

Another potential effect of rainy weather on UPS deliveries is wet packages. When packages are carried by hand onto your porch or left partially in the rain, they can be exposed to water and moisture, which can damage the carton and the contents of the package.

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A Package That Was Damaged In the Rain

Even if UPS provides a plastic cover to protect the package from the rain, the cover may not be completely effective in keeping the package dry.


Rain can also damage your packages. When delivery packages are left in the rain, water can seep into the packaging and damage the contents. Traditional cardboard boxes used for shipping are not 100% waterproof, causing problems for packages exposed to rain or moisture.

In What Conditions UPS Doesn’t Deliver

While UPS strives to deliver packages to their customers in all kinds of conditions, there are situations where they may not be able to deliver due to extreme weather conditions that pose a risk to delivery drivers. These conditions include:

  • Hurricanes – One extreme weather condition that can significantly impact UPS deliveries is hurricanes. These powerful storms can cause extensive damage, flooding, and other hazards, making it difficult or impossible for UPS drivers to operate safely.
  • Tornadoes – Tornadoes are another extreme weather condition that can significantly impact UPS deliveries. These violent storms can cause extensive damage and pose a serious risk to the safety of UPS drivers.
  • Ice storms – Ice storms can cause power outages, damage to infrastructure, and hazardous driving conditions that can make it difficult or impossible for UPS drivers to operate safely.
  • Floods – During a flood event, UPS may face a number of challenges that can impact its ability to deliver packages safely and on time. They may often have to alter routes or extend delivery schedules.
  • Heavy winds – In extreme cases where winds are so severe that they pose a significant risk to driver safety, UPS may suspend delivery services until conditions improve. This decision is made with the safety of drivers, customers, and the public in mind.
  • Hailstorms – If hail is expected in the area, UPS drivers may delay deliveries until the storm passes. 

Best Practices to Consider When Receiving Packages on Rainy Days

Receiving packages on a rainy day can be a cause of concern, as the contents of the package can be at risk of getting wet and damaged. However, with some careful planning and simple precautions, you can minimize the risk of your package getting wet or damaged.

In this section, we will discuss some best practices to follow when receiving packages on rainy days to help ensure that your packages arrive safely and in good condition.

Be Ready to Receive Your Package

When you know that your package will be delivered on a rainy day, it’s important to be prepared to receive it. This means tracking your package, so you know when it will arrive and checking the weather forecast so you can be aware of the conditions. 

Once you have a good idea of when your package will arrive, make sure you’re ready to collect it as soon as it arrives. This can help prevent it from sitting in the rain for too long and becoming water damaged. 

Prepare a Protected Area

Preparing a protected area for your package is another important step in receiving packages on rainy days. Ideally, you should have a covered porch or an awning where the package can be left out of the rain.

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A Sheltered Porch to Leave Packages When It Rains

If this is not available, you can prepare a drop-off box that is protected from the elements. Alternatively, you can have waterproof bags, sheets, or boxes ready for the UPS driver to place your package in.

Opt to Self-Pickup

If you are not available to receive the package or do not have a protected area, opting for self-pickup may be a good idea. You can request that UPS hold the package for you and then pick it up at your convenience within the set timeframe.

Have a Household Member or Neighbor Assist in Receiving

Having a member of your household or a neighbor assist in receiving your package is a great option if you won’t be home to receive it and don’t have a protected area for UPS to leave it in. 

Before your package is scheduled to arrive, ask them if they would be willing to receive your package on your behalf. Make sure to leave specific delivery instructions with UPS, such as a neighbor’s address or contact information. Thus, if UPS is unable to reach you, they may deliver your package to your neighbor. 

Additionally, if your neighbor has a protected area, such as a covered porch, ask if they would allow UPS to leave your package there.

Check for Damages

When receiving packages on a rainy day, it’s important to check for damages as soon as possible. Inspect the package for any signs of water damage, such as damp spots or soggy cardboard.

If you notice any damage, contact UPS to resolve the issue and if required, fill in a UPS damage claim form. It’s also a good idea to dry the package with a towel to prevent any further damage or mold growth.

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Gerrit Poel

Co-Founder & Writer
at freightcourse

About the Author

Gerrit is a certified international supply chain management professional with 16 years of industry experience, having worked for one of the largest global freight forwarders.

As the co-founder of freightcourse, he’s committed to his passion for serving as a source of education and information on various supply chain topics.