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North Carolina Weather And Climate

Elevation and proximity to the Atlantic Ocean are the most important factors when analyzing North Carolina Weather. Temperatures at lower elevations are approximately 20°F higher than those at the higher elevations, all year round.

Winters are moderate in the lower elevations of North Carolina. The mountains tend to divert cold weather currents that swoop down from Canada. Summers are warm and humid.

Rain averages around 40 inches a year, with July thunderstorms bringing the most rain. Snow is light at the lower elevations, but the mountain peaks average as much as 50 inches a year.

Hurricanes are the greatest weather threat to North Carolina, with the state effected maybe twice a year by major tropical storms, and suffering heavy damage from a direct hit once a decade.

Typical High and Low Temperatures For Various North Carolina Cities

CityJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Asheville 46/26 50/28 58/35 66/42 74/51 80/58 83/63 82/62 76/55 67/43 57/35 49/29
Cape Hatteras 54/39 55/39 60/44 68/52 75/60 82/68 85/73 85/72 81/68 73/59 65/50 57/43
Charlotte 51/32 56/34 64/42 73/49 80/58 87/66 90/71 88/69 82/63 73/51 63/42 54/35
Greensboro 47/28 52/31 60/38 70/46 77/55 84/64 88/68 86/67 79/60 70/48 60/39 51/31
Raleigh 50/30 54/32 62/39 72/46 79/55 86/64 89/68 87/67 81/61 72/48 62/40 53/33
Wilmington 56/36 60/38 66/44 74/51 81/60 86/68 90/72 88/71 84/66 76/54 68/45 60/38