The best times to visit Raleigh for ideal weather are
April 9th to June 10th
September 10th to October 28th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Raleigh Travel Guide
Weather in Raleigh
Average temperatures in Raleigh vary somewhat and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 73 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Raleigh, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late June where highs are regularly around 67.1°F (19.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 49.8°F (9.9°C) at night.
Raleigh Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Raleigh 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.
Raleigh Perceived Temperature (F)
Raleigh Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Raleigh 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 precipitation in Raleigh are December, March, and then July. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-to late September. For example, on the week of September 17th there are only 1.2 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid-May with an average of 2.8 days with significant precipitation the week of May 14th.
When can you find snow in Raleigh? 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 Raleigh.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Raleigh (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
Raleigh has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is February (46.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (66.8%).
Wind in Raleigh is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and February. April’s average wind speed of around 5.7 knots (6.6 MPH or 10.6 KPH) is considered “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 13.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Raleigh.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Meaning (Beaufort)||Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind||Meaning (Beufort)|
|Jan||5.1||a light breeze||11.2||a moderate breeze|
|Feb||5.4||a light breeze||12.6||a moderate breeze|
|Mar||5.5||a light breeze||12.4||a moderate breeze|
|Apr||5.7||a light breeze||12.4||a moderate breeze|
|May||4.7||a light breeze||10.7||a moderate breeze|
|Jun||4.2||a light breeze||10.2||a gentle breeze|
|Jul||3.9||light air||10||a moderate breeze|
|Aug||3.4||light air||8.9||a gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.5||light air||9.1||a moderate breeze|
|Oct||4.3||a light breeze||9.7||a gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.5||a light breeze||10.2||a moderate breeze|
|Dec||4.6||a light breeze||10.7||a gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Raleigh?
As of 6/22/2017 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.
Overall Raleigh Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 63.3°F (17.4°C) and 41.3°F (5.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 to 10 days of precipitation per month. Spring is slow/unreported 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 9 to 10 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in Raleigh, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 64.7°F (18.2°C) and 43.8°F (6.6°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: approximately 8 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Raleigh to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 42.3°F (5.7°C) and 36.2°F (2.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 8 to 11 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.