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The climate of North Carolina (United States of America)
The state of North Carolina is located along the east coast of the United States. The state has always been home to Indians including the Cherokee. A large part of the original inhabitants were forced to move to Oklahoma around 1830. However, a part managed to stay in North Carolina while others moved back later. North Carolina has a warm maritime climate (type Cfa according to the Köppen climate classification) with warm summers, mild winters and no distinct wet or dry season.

The climate of North Carolina is very favorable for the cultivation of tobacco, soy beans, cotton and melons. These agricultural products are mainly cultivated on the flat lands which can be found in the eastern part of the state. The central part of North Carolina, which is also known as the Piedmont region has a slightly bleaker climate which is caused by the fact that the Atlantic Ocean has less influence here. Because of this, summers are warmer and winters are colder here than along the coast. The coldest part of the state is the west where the Appalachians can be found. This is mainly caused by the altitudes here. In some places the mountains are 2 kilometers high. This part of the state can also record the most snowfall which may cause a lot of inconvenience. During a snowstorm in 1993, which lasted three days 150 centimeters of snow fell on Mount Mitchell.

During the summer heat waves can be recorded on a regular basis. During a heat wave temperatures are well above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) for a few days in a row. In July and August temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) can be recorded locally. During the winter, when cold air from the Arctic is supplied temperatures may drop far below zero, especially in the interior. During the winter glazed frost is not uncommon in the central part of North Carolina. Another phenomenon which may occur in North Carolina are hurricanes. North Carolina gets hit by a hurricane once every 10 years on average. A hurricane may form here during hurricane season which is from July till December. Tropical storms may also cause tornadoes in North Carolina. On average the state gets hit by a tornado about 20 times per year. However, during some years more tornadoes can be recorded. In 2011 for instance, at least 25 tornadoes have been recorded. These storms caused at least 24 casualties during that year.

Climate information of places in North Carolina
The climate information given on this page is only brief. Specific information on weather and climate can be found on the pages per region or city. The following climate information is available for North Carolina:





Climate information
Throughout North Carolina several climate figures and temperatures can be recorded. The figures below are for Raleigh and cannot be seen as an average for this state. For climate figures for other places and regions in North Carolina please, visit the individual climate pages.

temperature (°C)


temperature (°C)
hours of sunshine

average days with precipitation
per month
per month
temperature (°C)
January 10 -2 5 10 n/a
February 12 -1 6 9 n/a
March 17 3 7 10 n/a
April 22 7 9 9 n/a
May 26 12 9 10 n/a
June 30 17 9 10 n/a
July 32 19 9 11 n/a
August 31 19 8 10 n/a
September 28 15 7 8 n/a
October 22 8 7 7 n/a
November 18 3 6 8 n/a
December 12 -1 5 9 n/a
= 0-5 mm ● = 6-30 mm ● = 31-60 mm ● = 61-100 mm ● = 101-200 mm ● = over 200 mm
= 0-0.2 inches ● = 0.2-1.2 inches ● = 1.2-2.4 inches ● = 2.5-4 inches ● = 4.1-8 inches ● = over 8 inches

More climate information
Climate tables are useful but they don’t give an overall picture of the climate and possible weather conditions during a period of time. How high the chances are of hot or cold weather or hurricanes can often not be found in these tables. This is why we offer extra climate information per month. The figures below apply to Raleigh. For climate figures on specific regions and places please, visit the relevant individual climate pages

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