Climate in North Carolina

The climate of North Carolina is subtropical and humid, with hot, humid summers, and mild winters, particularly in the east and central regions. Temperatures seldom rise above 100F (38C) or drop below 10F (-12C), but conditions vary according to elevation and proximity to the sea.

Statewide, January is the coldest month, and July is the hottest. In midsummer, North Carolina generally experiences an average temperature range of between 68F (20C) and 80F (27C). Temperatures in the mountainous areas tend to be much lower.

Rainfall is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but is heaviest in the humid summer months. Hurricanes and tornadoes do affect North Carolina and the eastern region, in particular, is susceptible to high winds and flooding from hurricanes in late summer and autumn.