The best times to visit Highlands for ideal weather are
April 23rd 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 Highlands
Average temperatures in Highlands 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 37th 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 Highlands, 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 85.5°F (29.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.4°F (17.4°C) at night.
Highlands Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Highlands 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.
Highlands Perceived Temperature (F)
Highlands Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Highlands 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 Highlands are October, August, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid October. For example, on the week of October 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.
When can you find snow in Highlands? 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 Highlands.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Highlands (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
Highlands has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (48.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (70.7%).
Wind in Highlands is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is February, followed by April and March. February’s average wind speed of around 3 knots (3.5 MPH or 5.6 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 mid February where average top sustained speeds reach 11.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Highlands.
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||2.5||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||3||Barely noticeable||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||2.7||Barely noticeable||10.4||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||2.9||Barely noticeable||10.5||Gentle breeze|
|May||1.8||Barely noticeable||9||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||1.4||Barely noticeable||8.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||1||Barely noticeable||7.4||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||1||Barely noticeable||6.9||Light breeze|
|Oct||1.5||Barely noticeable||7.6||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||1.8||Barely noticeable||8||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||2||Barely noticeable||8.5||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Highlands?
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 Highlands, 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 Highlands 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 Highlands Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 81.3°F (27.4°C) and 54.6°F (12.6°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 moderate precipitation with 3 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Highlands, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 81.6°F (27.6°C) and 56.3°F (13.5°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 3 to 4 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 Highlands to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 55.2°F (12.9°C) and 48.4°F (9.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.