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Best time to visit Wilmington, NC, USA

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The best time to visit Wilmington is March-April

If you’re looking to travel to Wilmington for your next trip but aren’t sure when to go and when to avoid, this article is all you’ll need. The best time to visit Wilmington is March-April due to the excellent all-round weather conditions, and it’s also not during the height of peak travel periods, so it’s not likely to be as busy.

During the warmer months, temperatures in Wilmington can rise to a maximum of 32℃ (90℉). The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of 2℃ (35℉).

If you’re a sun-chaser and want to visit Wilmington when the days are longest, you should visit in July. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Wilmington in September – It’s the wettest month of the year.

For more information about when to travel to Wilmington, the monthly weather breakdown and the best information and tools to book your trip, continue reading below.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

January

Most daylight

July

Wilmington seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Wilmington as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Wilmington 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 Wilmington

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 Wilmington 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.

Wilmington 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 Wilmington 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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FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Wilmington in January

  • Average temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average low temperature: 5℃ (40℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 12 days
  • Average snow days: 1 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Wilmington in February

  • Average temperature: 10℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 6℃ (43℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 60mm (2") over 11 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Wilmington in March

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 16 days
  • Average rainfall: 71mm (3") over 14 days
16 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Wilmington in April

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average low temperature: 14℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 81mm (3") over 14 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
14 days
of showers or rain

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


Wilmington in May

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 91mm (4") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wilmington 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.


Wilmington in June

  • Average temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average high temperature: 29℃ (85℉)
  • Average low temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 79mm (3") over 19 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
19 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wilmington in June, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.


Wilmington in July

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (81℉)
  • Average high temperature: 31℃ (88℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 7 days
  • Average rainfall: 94mm (4") over 22 days
7 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wilmington in July, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Wilmington in August

  • Average temperature: 27℃ (80℉)
  • Average high temperature: 30℃ (87℉)
  • Average low temperature: 24℃ (75℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 6 days
  • Average rainfall: 129mm (5") over 22 days
6 days
of pure sunshine
22 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wilmington in August, make sure you pack t-shirts and shorts.. It stays warm all day and night.


Wilmington in September

  • Average temperature: 24℃ (76℉)
  • Average high temperature: 28℃ (83℉)
  • Average low temperature: 21℃ (70℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 10 days
  • Average rainfall: 137mm (5") over 18 days
10 days
of pure sunshine
18 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Wilmington in September, make sure you pack t-shirts and light clothing.

Wilmington in October

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (67℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 16℃ (61℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 12 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Wilmington in November

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 70mm (3") over 11 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

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


Wilmington in December

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 77%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 87mm (3") over 12 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
12 days
of showers or rain

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


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Wilmington is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 31℃ (88℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Wilmington is generally around January. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in January first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Wilmington is generally around September, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of September too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Wilmington, 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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