Seasons in North Carolina

Most of the territory of North Carolina belongs to the humid subtropical climate zone. Differences in temperature and humidity are influenced by the latitude and altitude of regions. Warmth is brought by the ocean current of the Gulf Stream, masses of cold air come with the Labrador currents. 

Plains, forests and swamps stretch from the coast into the interior of the territory. This area is vulnerable to storms and floods. Their source is the collision of warm and cold currents off the coast of the state. Further lies the hilly Piedmont, gradually turning into the spurs of the Appalachian Mountains in western North Carolina.


Seasons

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Spring in North Carolina

The weather in March is mild, with average temperatures reaching 51-68 °F (+11 °C +20 °C). In April it gets warmer, with temperatures around 40-50 °F (+4 °C +10 °C) at night. The warmer is fastest in May. At the end of spring, there are frequent showers; overflows are possible on the rivers.

With the arrival of heat, it is a great time for fishing, hunting, boating. You should be aware of the likelihood of precipitation and follow the news of possible flooding. On the farms, picking of berries begins - early strawberries and blue-berries.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: 62 °F (+17 °C)
Min average t°: 42 °F (+6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 4.3" (108 mm)
April
Max average t°: 72 °F (+22 °C)
Min average t°: 51 °F (+10.5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 3.5" (88 mm)
May
Max average t°: 80 °F (+26 °C)
Min average t°: 60 °F (+15 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 3.0" (76 mm)

(Charlotte)

Spring Holidays

March 1st: National Women of Color Day.
March 17: St.Patrick 's Day.
March 25: Greek Independence Day
Good Friday: usually falls in March or April.

April 1: April Fools' Day.
April 12: Anniversary of signing of Halifax Resolves.
April 22: International Earth Day.

2nd Sunday of May: Mother’s Day.
May 10: Confederate Memorial Day.
last Monday in May: Memorial Day.

Summer in North Carolina

In summer, the weather in North Carolina is significantly influenced by the microclimate of Bermuda. There are many sunny days, temperatures rise to 80-90 °F (+26 °C +32 °C). In early summer, the nights are cool. On the coast, temperatures are slightly lower than in the interior. The ocean water warms up to 80 °F (+20 °C). Thunderstorms are possible in July. Tropical cyclones are possible in coastal areas.

In summer, the main focus of entertainment is on ecotourism. The ocean coast has excellent surfing conditions. From Cape Hatteras to Wilmington, there are many opportunities for swimming, sunbathing and walking. It is worth visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park or the Grasse Valley and the Lava Beds National Monument. There are many exciting festivals in San Francisco during the summer.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: 87 °F (+30.5 °C)
Min average t°: 68 °F (+20 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 3.8" (97 mm)
July
Max average t°: 89 °F (+32 °C)
Min average t°: 71 °F (+22 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 3.9" (100 mm)
August
Max average t°: 88 °F (+31 °C)
Min average t°: 71 °F (+21 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 3.9" (100 mm)

(Charlotte)

Summer Holidays

June 14: Day of the American flag.
June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Third Sunday of June: Father’s Day.

July 4: Independence Day.
August 26: Women's Equality Day.

Autumn in North Carolina

Autumn is the wettest season in North Carolina. Only in the Piedmont region are tropical cyclones still possible. It's pretty warm in September. It is 86-88 °F (+30 °C) at noon. Temperatures begin to drop rapidly only at the end of October. It gets cold in November, no more than 38-60 °F (+3 °C +15 °C) In Asheville and Waterville, it is slightly cooler than on the coast.

Autumn is a great time for camping, hiking, cycling, and hunting. Great Smoky Mountains is a great place for tourism. Fishing can be enjoyed in the calm inland waters of rivers and lakes. On the eve of the cold season, it is worth visiting the wine or beer festivals.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: 82 °F (+28 °C)
Min average t°: 65 °F (+18 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 3.9" (98 mm)
October
Max average t°: 72 °F (+22 °C)
Min average t°: 54 °F (+12 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 3.4" (87 mm)
November
Max average t°: 62 °F (+16 °C)
Min average t°: 44 °F (+6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 3.1" (80 mm)

(Charlotte)

Autumn Holidays

1st Monday in September: Labor Day.
September 11: First Responders Day.

Yom Kipper: sometime in September and/or October
October 31: Halloween (All Hallows' Eve).

General election day: Tuesday after the first Monday in November in year in which a general election is held.
November 11: Veterans Day.
4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day.

Winter in North Carolina

In North Carolina, winters are relatively warm. In mountainous areas, the lowest temperatures drop to 20-45 °F (-6 °C +7 °C). The coldest month is January. Freezes up to 10 °F possible. Warmest winter in the Sandhills area. It is an area of ​​sandy soils influenced by warm ocean currents.

Winter activities in North Carolina are very varied. There are many ski resorts in the mountainous regions. A great place to stay is Mount Shasta. There are mysterious caves, the Shasto-Trinity National Forest and the Nordic Center for Winter Entertainment are located nearby.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: 54 °F (+12 °C)
Min average t°: 37 °F (+3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 3.7" (93 mm)
January
Max average t°: 51 °F (+10 °C)
Min average t°: 34 °F (+1 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 3.7" (93 mm)
February
Max average t°: 55 °F ( +12 °C)
Min average t°: 36 °F (+2 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 3.1" (79 mm)

(Charlotte)

Winter Holidays

December 25: Christmas Day.

January 1: New Year’s Day.
3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
January 19: Robert E. Lee’s Birthday

3rd Monday in February: Presidents’ Day
February 14: St. Valentine's Day.
3rd Monday in February: Washington’s Birthday.