What City Has the Best Weather in North Carolina?

What City Has the Best Weather in North Carolina?

North Carolina enjoys a mild humid subtropical climate with four distinct seasons in some cities and less pronounced seasonal changes in others. If you want to move to or visit North Carolina, what places offer the best weather?

In this article you’ll discover the warmest cities in North Carolina, the cities with the mildest climate year round, and the coldest cities for those who want to experience snow in the winter. If you want to find the best place for weather to live in NC, this article is for you. And if you’re curious about winters in North Carolina, I wrote an article on what they’re like.

What City in North Carolina Has the Warmest and Sunniest Weather?

Warmest Weather City in North Carolina

I wrote an article on the 50 warmest cities in North Carolina. Out of the major cities, if you want to enjoy high temperatures for as many months as possible, the warmest city in North Carolina is Wilmington on the Atlantic Ocean.

The eight most populous city in the state enjoys warm to hot temperatures year round. Winters feature average high temperatures of 57-60 °F. Nighttime temperatures drop to 36-39 °F but snow is extremely rare (it snows on average 1 day a year). Even in the coldest month, the weather is still mild enough that it feels more like spring than proper winter.

Summers in Wilmington feature hot weather with high humidity. The average high temperature ranges from 87 °F to 90 °F and the average low temperature from 69 °F to 73 °F. In the hottest month, while averages reach 90 °F, temperatures can go up on some days to 97 °F. The weather turns milder roughly in early November when daytime temperatures no longer reach 70 °F.

Wilmington gets about 122 days with precipitation a year, with the driest season outside of the summer. On average, it rains between 8-14 days a month.

Wilmington enjoys consistently sunny weather year round, with 2,816 hours of sunshine annually. Even in the cloudiest months, you can still expect sun to be shining about 60% of the time.

A Small Town Alternative That’s Even Warmer

If you’re open to living in a small town, there’s one place that’s even warmer year round than Wilmington. It’s Southport, a town of 4,000 residents located 32 miles south of Wilmington.

Southport (and nearby areas) is particularly warmer in the winter when it enjoys daytime temperatures of 60-63 °F compared to 57-60 °F in Wilmington. The town also has slightly warmer summers. It also records 20 fewer days with precipitation. This makes it have even more pleasant weather.

What City in North Carolina Has the Mildest Weather Year Round?

Mildest Weather in North Carolina

What if you’d like to enjoy warm temperatures year round but would like cooler summers? In such a case, your best option is Asheville.

The eleventh most populous city in the state has noticeably colder winters than Wilmington but they’re still mild. Temperatures during the day reach on average 49-53 °F (compared to 57-60 °F in Wilmington). Nights are unfortunately much less comfortable. Temperatures go below freezing, to around 29-31 °F. This means that Asheville gets some potential snow. On average, it’s 6 days a year.

In return for colder winters you get more pleasant summers. Temperatures in Asheville between June and August range from 83 °F to 85 °F which is 4-5 °F cooler than in Wilmington. Nights are much cooler, dropping to 61-65 °F compared to 69-73 °F in Wilmington. Summer maximums reach 91 °F which is the average in the coastal city.

Asheville gets less sun than Wilmington but still plenty of it, recording 2,622 hours of sun a year. The city gets 10 more days of rain but overall experiences less rainfall.

What City in North Carolina Is the Coldest?

Coldest City in North Carolina

The coldest city in North Carolina is Boone. Because it’s located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll enjoy dramatic seasonal changes.

The weather in Boone is noticeably colder year round than in other North Carolina cities. Winters are chilly, with daytime temperatures of 41-45 °F and nighttime temperatures dropping to 22-25 °F. Boone records on average 15 days with snow.

Summers in Boone are comfortable and feature mild weather, with the average temperature between 76-79 °F during the day and 54-58 °F at night. The city gets 146 days with precipitation which means frequent rainy weather, particularly in the summer.

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