Wilmington, North Carolina 

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Climate in Wilmington, North Carolina

Wilmington, NC is located in the southeastern part of the United States and enjoys a humid subtropical climate year-round. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures reaching into the upper 80s while winters typically remain mild with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. Spring and Fall provide comfortable weather with moderate temperatures and plenty of sunshine. The area also receives plenty of rainfall throughout the year, with an average annual total of around 45 inches per year.

Wilmington, North Carolina gets 58 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Wilmington averages 1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 216 sunny days per year in Wilmington. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Wilmington gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 119 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 34
Rain: averages 58 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 1 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Wilmington is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in North Carolina.

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Summer   /   Winter
May, October and April are the most pleasant months in Wilmington, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Wilmington, North CarolinaUnited States
  57.9 in.38.1 in.
  0.9 in.27.8 in.
  119.2 days106.2 days
  216 days205 days
  36 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 Wilmington with an average high temperature of 90.2°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in North Carolina. In Wilmington, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Wilmington are October, May and April.

In Wilmington, there are 43.0 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 Wilmington with an average of 34.0°. This is one of the warmest places in North Carolina.

In Wilmington, there are 41.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in North Carolina.

In Wilmington, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in North Carolina.

Humidity in Wilmington can be oppressive 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.

September is the wettest month in Wilmington with 7.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is April with 3.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 34% of yearly precipitation and 20% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 57.9 inches in Wilmington means that it is one of the wettest places in North Carolina.

August is the rainiest month in Wilmington with 13.6 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 7.5 rainy days. There are 119.2 rainy days annually in Wilmington, which is rainier than most places in North Carolina. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 31% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 0.9 inches in Wilmington means that it is one of the least snowy places in North Carolina. December is the snowiest month in Wilmington with 0.5 inches of snow, and 1 month of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Wilmington    71 Reviews
    Wilmington is EXPENSIVE.. No Affordable Housing - 3/24/2023
    I was born here and I will update more at a later time. First and most important, teh average cost of a 1br apt in Wilmington is approximately $1,800. Rentals have... Read More

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    Wilmington has it's pros and cons. - 5/31/2022
    I think that a lot has changed since covid for this city and will continue to keep changing with our insane economy. But I was born and raised in Wilmington and have... Read More

    Erasing History and charm - 8/3/2021
    Wilmington NC was once a wonderful city filled with Southern charm, history, safety and natural beauty. Recently that has been replaced by erasing everything Southern or... Read More
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