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North Carolina Climate & Weather

North Carolina Climate and Weather


The climate of North Carolina is subtropical and humid, with hot, humid summers and mild winters, particularly in the east and central regions. In most of the state, temperatures seldom rise above 100°F (38°C) or drop below 10°F (-12°C), but conditions can vary due to elevation and proximity to the sea. State-wide, January is the coldest month, and July is the hottest, experiencing an average temperature range of between 68°F (20°C) and 80°F (27°C). In general, temperatures in the mountainous areas tend to be much lower. Rainfall tends to be fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, but is heaviest in the humid summer months. Hurricanes and tornadoes do affect North Carolina and the eastern region, in particular, is susceptible to high winds and flooding from hurricanes in late summer and autumn.


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