Greenville, SC 

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Climate in Greenville, SC

Greenville, SC has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot and humid summers and mild winters. The average high temperature during the summer months is around 86°F (30°C), while the average low temperature in the winter is usually near 40°F (4°C). The area receives an average of 46 inches (117 centimeters) of rainfall annually. Summers are typically wetter than winters, with occasional thunderstorms bringing lightning and rain to the area. Snowfall is relatively rare in Greenville, but does occasionally occur in winter months.

Greenville, South Carolina gets 51 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Greenville averages 3 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 220 sunny days per year in Greenville. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Greenville 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 31
Rain: averages 51 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 3 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Greenville is 7.5 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in South Carolina.

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

Climate Averages
  Greenville, South CarolinaUnited States
  50.9 in.38.1 in.
  2.5 in.27.8 in.
  105.1 days106.2 days
  220 days205 days
  984 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 Greenville with an average high temperature of 89.8°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in South Carolina. In Greenville, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Greenville are May, September and October.

In Greenville, there are 40.6 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in South Carolina.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Greenville with an average of 30.9°. This is colder than most places in South Carolina.

In Greenville, there are 57.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in South Carolina.

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

Humidity in Greenville 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.

July is the wettest month in Greenville with 4.9 inches of rain, and the driest month is April with 3.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 28% of yearly precipitation and 24% occurs in Winter, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 50.9 inches in Greenville means that it is wetter than most places in South Carolina.

July is the rainiest month in Greenville with 10.5 days of rain, and October is the driest month with only 6.9 rainy days. There are 105.1 rainy days annually in Greenville, which is rainier than most places in South Carolina. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 28% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 22% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 2.5 inches in Greenville means that it is one of the snowiest places in South Carolina. January is the snowiest month in Greenville with 1.2 inches of snow, and 3 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Greenville    94 Reviews
    Not ideal for raising a family. - 3/19/2023
    My wife and I were prospecting Greenville, looking for work and a place to raise our son and grow our family. There's nothing inherently wrong with Greenville. The... Read More

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    KEEP SC RED PLEASE - 1/31/2022
    Thinking of moving there from Fl. The country and the mountains are the only place to be. Country southerners are God's people. I just hope all the liberal devils get... Read More

    An Opinion About This 2 Star Rating Average - 1/17/2022
    I have been reading all the negative reviews on Greenville on this site because, as a SC native, I was curious as to why it only had a 2 star average rating from over 90... Read More

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