The best times to visit Winston-Salem for ideal weather are

April 9th to May 27th

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.

 


Winston-Salem Travel Guide

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

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Winston-Salem vary somewhat and are seasonally temperate. The area is in the top 75 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 Winston-Salem, 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 89.1°F (31.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 67.7°F (19.8°C) at night.

    Winston-Salem Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Average
    Low

    Winston-Salem Temperatures (Celsius)

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    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.

    Winston-Salem Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Winston-Salem Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Winston-Salem 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 49.4 38.8 29.6
    Feb 52.5 41 31.4
    Mar 62.4 50.6 40.1
    Apr 72.2 60 48.4
    May 79.4 68.1 57.6
    Jun 86.8 76.1 66.1
    Jul 88.1 77.6 68.7
    Aug 87 76.6 67.7
    Sep 81 70.3 61.6
    Oct 71.5 59.7 49.3
    Nov 60.8 49.2 38.4
    Dec 54.1 44.2 35.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 9.7 3.8 -1.3
    Feb 11.4 5 -0.3
    Mar 16.9 10.3 4.5
    Apr 22.3 15.6 9.1
    May 26.3 20.1 14.2
    Jun 30.4 24.5 18.9
    Jul 31.2 25.3 20.4
    Aug 30.6 24.8 19.8
    Sep 27.2 21.3 16.4
    Oct 21.9 15.4 9.6
    Nov 16 9.6 3.6
    Dec 12.3 6.8 1.7

     
    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 Winston-Salem.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Winston-Salem (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 34.3 0 0.1
    Feb 32.9 0 0.08
    Mar 38.6 0 0.12
    Apr 38.6 0 0.13
    May 38.6 0 0.13
    Jun 38.6 0 0.12
    Jul 48.6 0 0.12
    Aug 38.6 0 0.14
    Sep 37.1 0 0.12
    Oct 32.9 0 0.1
    Nov 31.4 0 0.12
    Dec 41.4 0 0.13

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 34.3 0 0.25
    Feb 32.9 0 0.2
    Mar 38.6 0 0.3
    Apr 38.6 0 0.33
    May 38.6 0 0.33
    Jun 38.6 0 0.3
    Jul 48.6 0 0.3
    Aug 38.6 0 0.36
    Sep 37.1 0 0.3
    Oct 32.9 0 0.25
    Nov 31.4 0 0.3
    Dec 41.4 0 0.33
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    Humidity and Wind

    Winston-Salem has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is February (41.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is September (62.4%).

    Wind in Winston-Salem is usually moderate. The windiest month is March, followed by April and February. March’s average wind speed of around 5.5 knots (6.3 MPH or 10.2 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-to-mid-February where average top sustained speeds reach 12.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

    Relative Humidity (%)

    The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Winston-Salem.

    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 4.9 a light breeze 10.7 a gentle breeze
    Feb 5.4 a light breeze 11.6 a moderate breeze
    Mar 5.5 a light breeze 11.5 a gentle breeze
    Apr 5.5 a light breeze 11.4 a moderate breeze
    May 4.6 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Jun 4 a light breeze 10.1 a gentle breeze
    Jul 3.7 light air 9.7 a gentle breeze
    Aug 3.6 light air 9 a gentle breeze
    Sep 3.9 light air 8.8 a gentle breeze
    Oct 4.3 a light breeze 9.6 a gentle breeze
    Nov 4.4 a light breeze 10 a gentle breeze
    Dec 4.3 a light breeze 9.7 a gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 46.2
    Feb 41.5
    Mar 43.6
    Apr 45
    May 55.5
    Jun 55.8
    Jul 59.2
    Aug 61.4
    Sep 62.4
    Oct 56.6
    Nov 49
    Dec 55.2

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Winston-Salem?

    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.
     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Winston-Salem, NC (USA) is October, followed by June and March. 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 Winston-Salem in February. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

    Estimated Tourism by Month

     

    Most Popular Months to Visit

    Key
    Tourists Seeking Accommodations

    Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 27.5 in February means 27.5% of the tourists vs. October.

    Overall Winston-Salem Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.4°F (29.1°C) and 54.7°F (12.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. 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. June – August is busy season for tourism in Winston-Salem, 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 57.3°F (14.1°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow 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 Winston-Salem to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 56.1°F (13.4°C) and 48.2°F (9°C). These times of year are the slowest with tourists.