The best times to visit North Carolina for ideal weather are
April 2nd to June 10th
September 3rd to November 4th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
North Carolina Travel Guide
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Weather in North Carolina
Average temperatures in North Carolina vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 46th 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 North Carolina, 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 88.6°F (31.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 70.8°F (21.6°C) at night.
North Carolina Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
North Carolina 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.
North Carolina Perceived Temperature (F)
North Carolina Perceived Temperature (C)
Average North Carolina 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 North Carolina are October, November, and then January. 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 is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late December with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.
When can you find snow in North Carolina? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to mid December. The best time to ski (if at all) in North Carolina is often around around December 17th 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 North Carolina.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in North Carolina (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
North Carolina has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is February (52.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (69.3%).
Wind in North Carolina is usually calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and February. March’s average wind speed of around 6.5 knots (7.5 MPH or 12.1 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 late February and early March where average top sustained speeds reach 14 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in North Carolina.
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||5.7||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Feb||6.2||Light breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.5||Light breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.4||Light breeze||13.2||Significant breeze|
|May||5.7||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.3||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.9||Light breeze||10.7||Significant breeze|
|Oct||5.2||Light breeze||11||Significant breeze|
|Nov||5.4||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Dec||5.4||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to North Carolina?
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 North Carolina, United States is March, followed by February and June. 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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 83.6°F (28.7°C) and 56.6°F (13.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 3 to 4 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 quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with about 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in North Carolina, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 85.6°F (29.8°C) and 60.3°F (15.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: approximately 3 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 North Carolina to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 58.9°F (14.9°C) and 50.9°F (10.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.