Charlotte, North Carolina 

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Climate in Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, NC has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers and mild winters. Summers are usually characterized by high temperatures and frequent thunderstorms. Temperatures range from mid-70s to the mid-90s Fahrenheit (23°C to 35°C), while precipitation is an average of 4.5 inches per month in the summer months. Winters are generally mild, with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. Precipitation during the winter months averages around 3 inches per month, while snowfall is infrequent and rare. Overall, Charlotte enjoys a temperate climate throughout much of the year, making it an ideal place for people to live and visit.

Charlotte, North Carolina gets 43 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Charlotte averages 2 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 218 sunny days per year in Charlotte. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Charlotte gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 105 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 90 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 30
Rain: averages 43 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 2 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Charlotte is 7.5 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in North Carolina.

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Summer   /   Winter
May, September and October are the most pleasant months in Charlotte, while July and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Charlotte, North CarolinaUnited States
  43.1 in.38.1 in.
  2.3 in.27.8 in.
  104.9 days106.2 days
  218 days205 days
  761 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Charlotte with an average high temperature of 89.7°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in North Carolina. In Charlotte, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Charlotte are May, September and April.

In Charlotte, there are 41.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in North Carolina.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Charlotte with an average of 30.0°. This is about average compared to other places in North Carolina.

In Charlotte, there are 63.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in North Carolina.

In Charlotte, there are 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in North Carolina.

Humidity in Charlotte can be uncomfortable during the summer, but comfortable for most of the year. The most uncomfortably humid months are July, August and June. The humid season runs from June-September and the most comfortable months are October-May.

August is the wettest month in Charlotte with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is April with 3.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 24% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 43.1 inches in Charlotte means that it is one of the driest places in North Carolina.

July is the rainiest month in Charlotte with 10.2 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 6.8 rainy days. There are 104.9 rainy days annually in Charlotte, which is less rainy than most places in North Carolina. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 2.3 inches in Charlotte means that it is about average compared to other places in North Carolina. January is the snowiest month in Charlotte with 1.1 inches of snow, and 2 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Charlotte, NC is Nicest City in USA to live - 12/10/2022
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    Could Use Some Work - 9/26/2022
    This city has a lot of potential, but it could use some work. For example, it seems to lack things that other cities have. And there is a lack of atmosphere and charm.... Read More

    Pretty, Easy City - 9/27/2021
    Very new transplant (~6 weeks) so first impressions and reasons why I moved here: -great year-round weather, if you don't mind humidity-- less hot in summer than TX/AZ... Read More

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