The best times to visit Knoxville for ideal weather are

April 16th to May 27th


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.



Other Knoxville Travel Info

Weather in Knoxville


Average temperatures in Knoxville 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 Knoxville, 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.

Knoxville Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Knoxville 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.

Knoxville Perceived Temperature (F)


Knoxville Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Knoxville 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 49.6 37.6 27.3
Feb 53.1 40.6 29.8
Mar 64.5 51.2 39.2
Apr 74.2 60.3 46.6
May 81.6 68.8 56.1
Jun 88.8 76.4 65.2
Jul 89.1 77.4 67.6
Aug 89.5 77.4 66.8
Sep 84 71.6 61
Oct 73.3 59.8 48
Nov 62.4 48.5 36.5
Dec 54.6 43.1 33.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 9.8 3.1 -2.6
Feb 11.7 4.8 -1.2
Mar 18.1 10.7 4
Apr 23.4 15.7 8.1
May 27.6 20.4 13.4
Jun 31.6 24.7 18.4
Jul 31.7 25.2 19.8
Aug 31.9 25.2 19.3
Sep 28.9 22 16.1
Oct 22.9 15.4 8.9
Nov 16.9 9.2 2.5
Dec 12.6 6.2 0.6



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Knoxville 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 Knoxville? 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 Knoxville 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 26% 1.5 5.4
Feb 26% 1.6 3.4
Mar 29% 1.2 4.6
Apr 26% 0 5.2
May 20% 0 3.2
Jun 26% 0 3.8
Jul 31% 0 5.9
Aug 19% 0 3.6
Sep 17% 0 4.3
Oct 22% 0 3.3
Nov 22% 1.2 4.2
Dec 33% 1.5 6.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 26 3.8 13.7
Feb 26 4.1 8.6
Mar 29 3 11.7
Apr 26 0 13.2
May 20 0 8.1
Jun 26 0 9.7
Jul 31 0 15
Aug 19 0 9.1
Sep 17 0 10.9
Oct 22 0 8.4
Nov 22 3 10.7
Dec 33 3.8 16.8


Humidity and Wind

Knoxville 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 Knoxville 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 Knoxville.

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 5.7 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Feb 6.5 Light breeze 14 Significant breeze
Mar 6.1 Light breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Apr 6.2 Light breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
May 5 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jun 4.7 Light breeze 13 Significant breeze
Jul 4.7 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Aug 3.7 Barely noticeable 10.1 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.6 Barely noticeable 9.7 Significant breeze
Oct 4.3 Light breeze 10.6 Gentle breeze
Nov 4.4 Light breeze 11.1 Significant breeze
Dec 4.8 Light breeze 11.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 57.1%
Feb 51.9%
Mar 52.4%
Apr 49.7%
May 57.1%
Jun 59.3%
Jul 63.7%
Aug 61.7%
Sep 63.3%
Oct 60.4%
Nov 56.9%
Dec 65.9%


Is it Safe to Travel to Knoxville?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 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 Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Knoxville, TN, 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 Knoxville 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

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 Knoxville 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 Knoxville, 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 Knoxville 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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