The best times to visit Columbia for ideal weather are
March 12th to May 27th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Columbia Travel Guide
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Weather in Columbia
Average temperatures in Columbia 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 Columbia, 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 94.6°F (34.8°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 73.4°F (23°C) at night.
Columbia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Columbia Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Columbia Perceived Temperature (F)
Columbia Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Columbia 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Columbia are November, October, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late May. For example, on the week of May 21st there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May to early June with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in Columbia? 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 Columbia.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Columbia (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Columbia has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is March (48.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (63%).
Wind in Columbia is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and February. March’s average wind speed of around 3.8 knots (4.4 MPH or 7.1 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 10.9 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Columbia.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||3.4||Barely noticeable||9.3||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.8||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||3.8||Barely noticeable||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|May||3.2||Barely noticeable||9.2||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3||Barely noticeable||9.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||2.9||Barely noticeable||9||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||2.3||Barely noticeable||7.9||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||2.4||Barely noticeable||7.2||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||2.5||Barely noticeable||7.7||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||2.4||Barely noticeable||7.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||2.8||Barely noticeable||8.5||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Columbia?
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 Columbia, SC, US is February, followed by June 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 Columbia 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
Overall Columbia Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 88.7°F (31.5°C) and 63°F (17.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow 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 the most precipitation with about 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Columbia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 90.7°F (32.6°C) and 64.8°F (18.2°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 4 to 5 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 Columbia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 63.4°F (17.4°C) and 56.8°F (13.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.