The best times to visit Shelby for ideal weather are

March 26th to June 24th


August 13th 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.



Other Shelby Travel Info

Weather in Shelby


Average temperatures in Shelby vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice some of the year, but often too hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 39th 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 Shelby, the hottest months are July, June, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late June where highs are regularly around 90.5°F (32.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.2°F (19.6°C) at night.

Shelby Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Shelby 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.

Shelby Perceived Temperature (F)


Shelby Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Shelby 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 50.9 39.9 30.6
Feb 55.2 42.6 32.6
Mar 64.4 51.6 40.3
Apr 73.7 60.6 47.9
May 80.7 68.6 57.1
Jun 88.1 76.2 65.8
Jul 88.7 77 67.9
Aug 87.1 76 66.9
Sep 81.3 70.2 61.2
Oct 72.1 59.2 48
Nov 62.2 49 37.7
Dec 55.6 44.6 35.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 10.5 4.4 -0.8
Feb 12.9 5.9 0.3
Mar 18 10.9 4.6
Apr 23.2 15.9 8.8
May 27.1 20.3 13.9
Jun 31.2 24.6 18.8
Jul 31.5 25 19.9
Aug 30.6 24.4 19.4
Sep 27.4 21.2 16.2
Oct 22.3 15.1 8.9
Nov 16.8 9.4 3.2
Dec 13.1 7 1.9



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Shelby are September, August, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early September. For example, on the week of September 3rd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late December with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 24th.

When can you find snow in Shelby? 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 Shelby.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 11% 0 2.5
Feb 14% 0 1.9
Mar 13% 0 1.8
Apr 13% 0 3.4
May 15% 0 3.3
Jun 12% 0 2
Jul 12% 0 2.2
Aug 10% 0 1.4
Sep 10% 0 2.2
Oct 11% 0 2.2
Nov 11% 0 3.3
Dec 20% 0 5.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 6.4
Feb 14 0 4.8
Mar 13 0 4.6
Apr 13 0 8.6
May 15 0 8.4
Jun 12 0 5.1
Jul 12 0 5.6
Aug 10 0 3.6
Sep 10 0 5.6
Oct 11 0 5.6
Nov 11 0 8.4
Dec 20 0 13.5


Humidity and Wind

Shelby has some slightly muggy months, with moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is March (48.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (68.6%).

Wind in Shelby is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is March, followed by April and February. March’s average wind speed of around 4.7 knots (5.4 MPH or 8.8 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 13.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Shelby.

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 4.2 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze
Feb 4.7 Light breeze 12.4 Significant breeze
Mar 4.7 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Apr 4.7 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
May 3.8 Barely noticeable 10.5 Significant breeze
Jun 3.1 Barely noticeable 10.3 Gentle breeze
Jul 2.9 Barely noticeable 10 Significant breeze
Aug 2.5 Barely noticeable 8.9 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.1 Barely noticeable 8.8 Significant breeze
Oct 3.5 Barely noticeable 9.6 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.6 Barely noticeable 9.8 Significant breeze
Dec 3.6 Barely noticeable 10.1 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 54.8%
Feb 50%
Mar 48.8%
Apr 50.2%
May 59.6%
Jun 60.7%
Jul 64.1%
Aug 66.1%
Sep 68.6%
Oct 64.5%
Nov 57.1%
Dec 64.8%


Is it Safe to Travel to Shelby?

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 Shelby, NC, US is February, followed by June 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 Shelby 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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 62.9 in November means 62.9% of the tourists vs. February.



Overall Shelby Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.5°F (29.2°C) and 56.7°F (13.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 5 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow 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 3 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Shelby, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 85.4°F (29.7°C) and 58.3°F (14.6°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 Shelby to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 57.7°F (14.3°C) and 49.7°F (9.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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