Weather Averages in Charlotte
The city of Charlotte, like much of the Piedmont region of the southeastern United States, has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa), with four distinct seasons; the city itself is part of USDA hardiness zone 8a, transitioning to 7b in the suburbs in all directions except the south. Winters are short and generally cool, with a January daily average of 40.1 °F (4.5 °C). On average, there are 59 nights per year that drop to or below freezing, and only 1.5 days that fail to rise above freezing. April is the driest month, with an average of 3.04 inches (7.7 cm) of precipitation. Summers are hot and humid, with a daily average in July of 78.5 °F (25.8 °C). There is an average 44 days per year with highs at or above 90 °F (32 °C). Official record temperatures range from 104 °F (40 °C) recorded six times, most recently on July 1, 2012, down to −5 °F (−21 °C) recorded on January 21, 1985, the most recent of three occasions. The record cold daily maximum is 14 °F (−10 °C) on February 12 and 13, 1899, and the record warm daily minimum is 82 °F (28 °C) on August 13, 1881. The average window for freezing temperatures is November 5 through March 30, allowing a growing season of 220 days.
Charlotte is directly in the path of subtropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico as it heads up the eastern seaboard, thus the city receives ample precipitation throughout the year but also many clear, sunny days; precipitation is generally less frequent in autumn than in spring. On average, Charlotte receives 41.6 inches (1,060 mm) of precipitation annually, which is somewhat evenly distributed throughout the year, although summer is slightly wetter; annual precipitation has historically ranged from 26.23 in (666 mm) in 2001 to 68.44 in (1,738 mm) in 1884. In addition, there is an average of 4.3 inches (10.9 cm) of snow, mainly in January and February and rarely December or March, with more frequent ice storms and sleet mixed in with rain; seasonal snowfall has historically ranged from trace amounts as recently as 2011–12 to 22.6 in (57 cm) in 1959–60. These storms can have a major impact on the area, as they often pull tree limbs down onto power lines and make driving hazardous.
As for averages in the city, here they are, all temperatures in parentheses are in Celsius, while those that are not are in Fahrenheit.
In January average high temperatures are 50.7 (10.4) degrees, while average low temperatures are 29.6 (−1.3) degrees.
In February average high temperatures are 55.0 (12.8) degrees, while average low temperatures are 32.7 (0.4) degrees.
In March average high temperatures are 63.1 (17.3) degrees, while average low temperatures are 39.3 (4.1) degrees.
In April average high temperatures are 71.9 (22.2) degrees, while average low temperatures are 46.9 (8.3) degrees.
In May average high temperatures are 78.9 (26.1) degrees, while average low temperatures are 55.8 (13.2) degrees.
In June average high temperatures are 86.0 (30) degrees, while average low temperatures are 64.5 (18.1) degrees.
In July average high temperatures are 89.0 (31.7) degrees, while average low temperatures are 68.1 (20.1) degrees.
In August average high temperatures are 87.5 (30.8) degrees, while average low temperatures are 67.2 (19.6) degrees.
In September average high temperatures are 81.3 (27.4) degrees, while average low temperatures are 60.4 (15.8)
In October average high temperatures are 71.8 (22.1) degrees, while average low temperatures are 48.8 (9.3) degrees.
In November average high temperatures are 62.4 (16.9) degrees, while average low temperatures are 39.2 (4) degrees.
In December average high temperatures are 52.9 (11.6) degrees, while average low temperatures are 31.9 (−0.1) degrees.