Highlands, North Carolina 

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Climate in Highlands, North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina gets 81 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Highlands averages 11 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 211 sunny days per year in Highlands. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Highlands gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 149 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 78 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 25
Rain: averages 81 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 11 inches of snow a year


BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Highlands is 7.1 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in North Carolina.

7.1 / 10
June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Highlands, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Highlands, North CarolinaUnited States
  80.9 in.38.1 in.
  10.6 in.27.8 in.
  149.0 days106.2 days
  211 days205 days
  77.9°85.8°
  24.6°21.7°
  7.17
  4.44.3
  3832 ft.2443 ft.
CLIMATE

YOU SHOULD KNOW

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 Highlands with an average high temperature of 77.9°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in North Carolina. In Highlands, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Highlands are July, August and June.


January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Highlands with an average of 24.6°. This is one of the coldest places in North Carolina.


In Highlands, there are 0.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in North Carolina.


In Highlands, there are 101.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest places in North Carolina.


In Highlands, there are 0.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the coldest places in North Carolina.


November is the wettest month in Highlands with 7.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is October with 5.7 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 26% of yearly precipitation and 24% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 80.9 inches in Highlands means that it is one of the wettest places in North Carolina.


July is the rainiest month in Highlands with 15.7 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 9.4 rainy days. There are 149.0 rainy days annually in Highlands, which is one of the rainiest places in North Carolina. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.


An annual snowfall of 10.6 inches in Highlands means that it is one of the snowiest places in North Carolina. January is the snowiest month in Highlands with 3.8 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.





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    Reviews for Highlands    2 Reviews
    Business Environment - 3/5/2011
    I have run two businesses in Highlands. It is a very seasonal business trend. The rents are high and so is the cost of doing business, including labor cost, cost of... Read More

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    Step up to the high roller's club - 4/15/2007
    A beautiful mountain resort area with cool summers, Highlands has become the mecca for Southern High Roller to "summer". Restaurants, country clubs, elite shops, and... Read More


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