The best times to visit Raleigh for ideal weather are

April 9th to June 10th

or

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

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in Raleigh

    Temperature

    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)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    Raleigh Temperatures (Celsius)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    “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.

    Raleigh Perceived Temperature (F)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    Raleigh Perceived Temperature (C)

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    High
    Average
    Low

     

    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.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 50.2 38.9 30.1
    Feb 53.4 41.2 31.7
    Mar 62.8 49.8 39.3
    Apr 72.5 59.5 48.3
    May 78.9 66.8 56.6
    Jun 86.7 74.9 64.8
    Jul 88.4 76.8 67.6
    Aug 87 75.7 66.7
    Sep 81.5 69.9 61
    Oct 71.3 59 49.3
    Nov 61 48.6 38.9
    Dec 55 44.2 35.6

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 10.1 3.8 -1.1
    Feb 11.9 5.1 -0.2
    Mar 17.1 9.9 4.1
    Apr 22.5 15.3 9.1
    May 26.1 19.3 13.7
    Jun 30.4 23.8 18.2
    Jul 31.3 24.9 19.8
    Aug 30.6 24.3 19.3
    Sep 27.5 21.1 16.1
    Oct 21.8 15 9.6
    Nov 16.1 9.2 3.8
    Dec 12.8 6.8 2

     

    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.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 27.1 0 0.06
    Feb 28.6 2 0.07
    Mar 32.9 0 0.1
    Apr 27.1 0 0.09
    May 31.4 0 0.11
    Jun 30 0 0.11
    Jul 32.9 0 0.11
    Aug 30 0 0.09
    Sep 27.1 0 0.12
    Oct 24.3 0 0.07
    Nov 25.7 0 0.09
    Dec 34.3 0 0.12

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 27.1 0 0.15
    Feb 28.6 5.1 0.18
    Mar 32.9 0 0.25
    Apr 27.1 0 0.23
    May 31.4 0 0.28
    Jun 30 0 0.28
    Jul 32.9 0 0.28
    Aug 30 0 0.23
    Sep 27.1 0 0.3
    Oct 24.3 0 0.18
    Nov 25.7 0 0.23
    Dec 34.3 0 0.3

     

    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.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

    The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    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
    Jan 51.1
    Feb 46.5
    Mar 48
    Apr 50
    May 60.2
    Jun 58.4
    Jul 61.4
    Aug 65.8
    Sep 66.8
    Oct 64.3
    Nov 57.7
    Dec 61.1

     

    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.