The best times to visit Cades Cove for ideal weather are

April 16th to May 27th

or

September 10th to October 21st

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 Cades Cove

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Cades Cove vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 17th 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 Cades Cove, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid August where highs are regularly around 90.1°F (32.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68.7°F (20.4°C) at night.

    Cades Cove Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Cades Cove 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.

    Cades Cove Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Cades Cove Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Cades Cove 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

    MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan49.637.627.3
    Feb53.140.629.8
    Mar64.551.239.2
    Apr74.260.346.6
    May81.668.856.1
    Jun88.876.465.2
    Jul89.177.467.6
    Aug89.577.466.8
    Sep8471.661
    Oct73.359.848
    Nov62.448.536.5
    Dec54.643.133.1

    Show Celsius

    MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan9.83.1-2.6
    Feb11.74.8-1.2
    Mar18.110.74
    Apr23.415.78.1
    May27.620.413.4
    Jun31.624.718.4
    Jul31.725.219.8
    Aug31.925.219.3
    Sep28.92216.1
    Oct22.915.48.9
    Nov16.99.22.5
    Dec12.66.20.6


     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Cades Cove are September, August, and then May. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid to late August. For example, on the week of August 20th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid July with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 9th.

    When can you find snow in Cades Cove? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late January. The best time to ski (if at all) in Cades Cove is often around around January 15th 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.

    Chanceof Precipitation

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

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan26%1.55.4
    Feb26%1.63.4
    Mar29%1.24.6
    Apr26%05.2
    May20%03.2
    Jun26%03.8
    Jul31%05.9
    Aug19%03.6
    Sep17%04.3
    Oct22%03.3
    Nov22%1.24.2
    Dec33%1.56.6

    Show Centimeters

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan263.813.7
    Feb264.18.6
    Mar29311.7
    Apr26013.2
    May2008.1
    Jun2609.7
    Jul31015
    Aug1909.1
    Sep17010.9
    Oct2208.4
    Nov22310.7
    Dec333.816.8

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Cades Cove has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (49.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (65.9%).

    Wind in Cades Cove is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by April and March. February’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.4 MPH or 12 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 15.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

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

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    Avg. Relative Humidity

    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.

    MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
    Jan5.7Light breeze12.6Significant breeze
    Feb6.5Light breeze14Significant breeze
    Mar6.1Light breeze13.7Significant breeze
    Apr6.2Light breeze14.3Significant breeze
    May5Light breeze12.6Significant breeze
    Jun4.7Light breeze13Significant breeze
    Jul4.7Light breeze12Significant breeze
    Aug3.7Barely noticeable10.1Gentle breeze
    Sep3.6Barely noticeable9.7Significant breeze
    Oct4.3Light breeze10.6Gentle breeze
    Nov4.4Light breeze11.1Significant breeze
    Dec4.8Light breeze11.7Significant breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
    Jan57.1%
    Feb51.9%
    Mar52.4%
    Apr49.7%
    May57.1%
    Jun59.3%
    Jul63.7%
    Aug61.7%
    Sep63.3%
    Oct60.4%
    Nov56.9%
    Dec65.9%

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Cades Cove?

    Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Mar 17, 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 Mar 15, 2019.


     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Cades Cove, the United States 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 Cades Cove 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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. 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 Cades Cove Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 86.5°F (30.3°C) and 56.2°F (13.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 9 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 quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Cades Cove, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 87.3°F (30.7°C) and 58.1°F (14.5°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 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 Cades Cove to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 56.6°F (13.7°C) and 49.1°F (9.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 10 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

     

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