The best time to visit the Lowcountry really depends on what you would like to do while you’re there. Each season offers its own unique range of events, activities, and sights to see around the Holy City and surrounding area. Whether you visit in the winter, spring, summer, or fall, there’s no doubt you’ll find countless ways to spend your days. Read on to learn more about what to expect from the Charleston weather each season. Then, take some time to look through our Destination Guide for more local insights on what to do in the area.
Charleston Weather by Season
In the Winter | December, January, & February
"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness."
— John Steinbeck
In the colder months of winter, the weather in Charleston tends to stay crisp and cool. Temperatures reach the high 50s and low 60s during the day and low 40s at night. While it is chilly, there’s a reason people from up north make their way to the Carolina coast in the winter.
Top 3 Things to Do in the Winter
- Visit one of the many art galleries
- Dine at a Kiawah Island restaurant
- Catch a show during the Charleston Comedy Festival
In the Spring | March, April, & May
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party.'" — Robin Williams
As spring sweeps over the Lowcountry, temperatures creep up to the 70s reaching an average high of 79 degrees by May. What is it they say about April showers? Oh, yea. The flowers are truly a sight to behold this time of year.
Top 3 Things to Do in the Spring
- Check out the Flowertown Festival and run the Cooper River Bridge Run
- Entertain your inner art enthusiast at an event during Spoleto Festival
- Visit one of the best Charleston plantations
In the Summer | June, July, August, & September
"Summertime is always the best of what might be." — Charles Bowden
It doesn’t take long for the humid heat of Charleston to take over in the summertime. Temperatures reach the high 80s and 90s this time of year. Locals and visitors flock to the beaches to cool off and soak up the rays of the sun.
Top 3 Things to Do in the Summer
- Hit one of the most beautiful beaches in the area
- Eat at a renowned establishment during Charleston Restaurant Week
- Browse local goods and wares at the Charleston Farmers Market
In the Fall | October & November
“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” — Emily Brontë
Charleston locals look forward to the fall each year. The cool breeze of autumn offers respite after months of hot weather. Temperatures fall to the low 70s and mid-60s, setting the scene for pleasant outdoor adventures around the city.
Top 3 Things to Do in the Fall
- Attend the Annual MOJA Arts Festival
- Pick pumpkins at Boone Hall Plantation’s pumpkin patch
- Stroll along the Battery and enjoy the refreshing weather
Stay on Kiawah Island
Regardless of the time of year, you just can’t beat Charleston weather. During your visit, consider escaping the crowded streets of the peninsula and stay on Kiawah Island instead. Andell Inn sets the scene for an unforgettable vacation. Our sophisticated decor, refined style, and comfortable accommodations capture an island essence with an added touch of elegance. Throughout the property, you will find relaxation around every corner. Dip your toes in the warm, saltwater pool. Revel in top-notch amenities. Then, settle in for an unparalleled night’s rest.