The best times to visit Raleigh for ideal weather are
April 2nd to June 3rd
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 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 18th 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 Raleigh, 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 93.7°F (34.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 69.7°F (20.9°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 significant precipitation in Raleigh are November, October, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid September. For example, on the week of September 10th 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 3 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.
When can you find snow in Raleigh? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around December, especially close to late December. The best time to ski (if at all) in Raleigh 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.
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 some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is February (44.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (63.1%).
Wind in Raleigh is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by March and February. April’s average wind speed of around 6.2 knots (7.1 MPH or 11.4 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 13.5 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. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||5||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.7||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.9||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6.2||Light breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|May||5.6||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5||Light breeze||11.2||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.9||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.2||Light breeze||9.8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||4.4||Light breeze||10||Significant breeze|
|Oct||4.5||Light breeze||9.9||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||4.4||Light breeze||10.1||Significant breeze|
|Dec||4.7||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Raleigh?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Raleigh, NC, US is July, followed by April and January. 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 Raleigh in December. 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 Raleigh Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 88°F (31.1°C) and 59.2°F (15.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 7 to 8 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 moderate precipitation with about 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Raleigh, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 89.3°F (31.8°C) and 62.5°F (16.9°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 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 Raleigh to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 59.9°F (15.5°C) and 52.3°F (11.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.