The best times to visit Asheville for ideal weather are

April 23rd to July 1st

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


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Weather in Asheville

Temperature

Average temperatures in Asheville vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 30th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Asheville, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 86.4°F (30.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.2°F (17.9°C) at night.

Asheville Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Asheville Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Asheville Perceived Temperature (F)

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Asheville Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Asheville Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 50 36.1 25.5
Feb 53 38.5 27
Mar 62.1 47.6 35.1
Apr 71.4 56.6 42.4
May 77.6 64.2 51.5
Jun 84.8 71.3 60
Jul 85.1 72.9 63
Aug 84.7 72.4 62.4
Sep 79.2 66.8 57
Oct 70.2 55.9 44.1
Nov 60.7 45.6 33.1
Dec 54.3 41.6 31.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 10 2.3 -3.6
Feb 11.7 3.6 -2.8
Mar 16.7 8.7 1.7
Apr 21.9 13.7 5.8
May 25.3 17.9 10.8
Jun 29.3 21.8 15.6
Jul 29.5 22.7 17.2
Aug 29.3 22.4 16.9
Sep 26.2 19.3 13.9
Oct 21.2 13.3 6.7
Nov 15.9 7.6 0.6
Dec 12.4 5.3 -0.3

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Asheville are January, November, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of June 11th.

When can you find snow in Asheville? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to late January and early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Asheville is often around around December 17th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Asheville.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Asheville (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 14% 16.4 3.6
Feb 18% 9.8 2.5
Mar 24% 2 4.3
Apr 25% 1.2 4.5
May 17% 0 3.6
Jun 23% 0 4
Jul 28% 0 5.3
Aug 19% 0 3.4
Sep 19% 0 4.4
Oct 16% 3.1 3.4
Nov 14% 0 3.7
Dec 24% 13.6 5.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 41.7 9.1
Feb 18 24.9 6.4
Mar 24 5.1 10.9
Apr 25 3 11.4
May 17 0 9.1
Jun 23 0 10.2
Jul 28 0 13.5
Aug 19 0 8.6
Sep 19 0 11.2
Oct 16 7.9 8.6
Nov 14 0 9.4
Dec 24 34.5 14

 

Humidity and Wind

Asheville has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is February (50.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (69%).

Wind in Asheville is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by January and March. February’s average wind speed of around 7.4 knots (8.5 MPH or 13.7 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 16.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Asheville.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.9 Light breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Feb 7.4 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
Mar 6.5 Light breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Apr 6.3 Light breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
May 4.7 Light breeze 11.9 Significant breeze
Jun 4 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Jul 3.7 Barely noticeable 10.7 Significant breeze
Aug 3.5 Barely noticeable 10.2 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.4 Barely noticeable 9.6 Significant breeze
Oct 4.7 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Nov 5.7 Light breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Dec 6.3 Light breeze 13.8 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 55.3%
Feb 50.2%
Mar 52.7%
Apr 50.8%
May 60.8%
Jun 64.1%
Jul 67.7%
Aug 68.3%
Sep 69%
Oct 63.3%
Nov 56.2%
Dec 62.6%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Asheville?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Asheville, NC, US is October, followed by February and July. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Asheville in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 49.1 in November means 49.1% of the tourists vs. October.

 

 

Overall Asheville Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 81.9°F (27.7°C) and 54.4°F (12.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Asheville, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 83°F (28.3°C) and 57°F (13.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Asheville to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 56.3°F (13.5°C) and 49°F (9.4°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

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