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Best time to visit Raleigh, NC, USA

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The best time to visit Raleigh is March-April

Are you looking for the best time to visit Raleigh? Well, you’re in the right place! Although Raleigh is a great destination to visit almost all year round, March-April is the best time to go due to its perfect climate conditions. Around this time of year, flights and accommodation can also be cheaper as it is outside of key peak holiday seasons if you book well enough in advance.

In the height of summer, temperatures in Raleigh can reach a maximum of 33℃ (91℉). In the colder months such as January, temperatures usually get down to an average minimum of 1℃ (33℉).

If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Raleigh, or you’re just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset. On average it rains the most days in May, making it the wettest month of the year. Although it’s the wet season, it can often rain a little bit during the day or evening but have fine weather for a majority of the day too, so don’t let this put you off.

Learn everything you need to know to help you decide when to go to Raleigh below, and don’t forget to use the awesome travel tools we know and love to help you find the best deals and make booking your vacation a breeze!

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

October

Most daylight

July

Raleigh seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Raleigh as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Raleigh is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Raleigh

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Raleigh for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Raleigh climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Raleigh for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JUN
JUL
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OCT
NOV
DEC

Raleigh in January

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average low temperature: 1℃ (33℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 57mm (2") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Raleigh in February

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (44℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Raleigh in March

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 14 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in March, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Raleigh in April

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average high temperature: 21℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 65mm (3") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in April, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Raleigh in May

  • Average temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 81mm (3") over 17 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in May, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Raleigh in June

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (86℉)
  • Average low temperature: 20℃ (68℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 60mm (2") over 15 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Raleigh in July

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 32℃ (89℉)
  • Average low temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 63mm (2") over 17 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Raleigh in August

  • Average temperature: 25℃ (78℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (69℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 17 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays pretty warm most of the time.


Raleigh in September

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (82℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in September, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.

Raleigh in October

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 19 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 10 days
19 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in October, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Raleigh in November

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 69mm (3") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Raleigh in December

  • Average temperature: 7℃ (45℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (38℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 66mm (3") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Raleigh in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Raleigh is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 32℃ (89℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Raleigh is generally around October. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in October first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Raleigh is generally around May, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of May too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Raleigh, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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