The best times to visit Cape Carteret for ideal weather are

March 5th to June 3rd

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



Other Cape Carteret Travel Info

Weather in Cape Carteret


Average temperatures in Cape Carteret vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 28th 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 Cape Carteret, the hottest months are July, June, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 85.7°F (29.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73.5°F (23.1°C) at night.

Cape Carteret Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Cape Carteret Temperatures (Celsius)


“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.

Cape Carteret Perceived Temperature (F)


Cape Carteret Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Cape Carteret 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 55.9 44.9 35.1
Feb 57.1 46.7 37
Mar 62.6 53.2 44.1
Apr 70.5 62.2 53.5
May 78.1 70.1 62.5
Jun 84.4 77.7 70.7
Jul 85.2 78.8 72.5
Aug 84.1 77.4 71.2
Sep 81.4 73.9 67.3
Oct 74.3 65.3 57
Nov 65.3 54.4 44.8
Dec 59.6 49.8 41.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 13.3 7.2 1.7
Feb 13.9 8.2 2.8
Mar 17 11.8 6.7
Apr 21.4 16.8 11.9
May 25.6 21.2 16.9
Jun 29.1 25.4 21.5
Jul 29.6 26 22.5
Aug 28.9 25.2 21.8
Sep 27.4 23.3 19.6
Oct 23.5 18.5 13.9
Nov 18.5 12.4 7.1
Dec 15.3 9.9 5.1



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Cape Carteret are March, June, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early March. For example, on the week of March 5th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early August with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of July 30th.

When can you find snow in Cape Carteret? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Cape Carteret.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 19% 0 2.7
Feb 21% 0 2.4
Mar 14% 0 2.4
Apr 16% 0 2.3
May 17% 0 2.6
Jun 15% 0 2.1
Jul 19% 0 3.8
Aug 32% 0 6.6
Sep 22% 0 4.7
Oct 18% 0 3.8
Nov 19% 0 5.1
Dec 22% 0 4.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 19 0 6.9
Feb 21 0 6.1
Mar 14 0 6.1
Apr 16 0 5.8
May 17 0 6.6
Jun 15 0 5.3
Jul 19 0 9.7
Aug 32 0 16.8
Sep 22 0 11.9
Oct 18 0 9.7
Nov 19 0 13
Dec 22 0 10.7


Humidity and Wind

Cape Carteret has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is February (58% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (73%).

Wind in Cape Carteret is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by June and April. May’s average wind speed of around 7.6 knots (8.7 MPH or 14 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 late March where average top sustained speeds reach 14.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

Avg. Relative Humidity


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

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

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 5.6 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Feb 6.5 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Mar 7.1 Gentle breeze 13 Significant breeze
Apr 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
May 7.6 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Jun 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Jul 7.2 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Aug 5.7 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Sep 6.3 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Oct 5.8 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Nov 5.7 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Dec 5.8 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 59.1%
Feb 58%
Mar 61.5%
Apr 65.6%
May 68.6%
Jun 70.9%
Jul 71.5%
Aug 73%
Sep 70.6%
Oct 69.7%
Nov 66.4%
Dec 67.7%


Is it Safe to Travel to Cape Carteret?

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 Cape Carteret, NC, US is July, followed by April and January. 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 Cape Carteret in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

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 63.4 in December means 63.4% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Cape Carteret Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 82.3°F (27.9°C) and 56.7°F (13.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

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 5 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Cape Carteret, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 83.2°F (28.4°C) and 62.2°F (16.8°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: approximately 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Cape Carteret to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 59.9°F (15.5°C) and 55°F (12.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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