Weather in Greenville, SC: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

Autumn in Greenville, South Carolina
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Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greenville, South Carolina is a year-round destination for its stunning parks and recreational activities, award-winning breweries and restaurants, history and art museums, and family-friendly vibe.

With a subtropical climate, the city has four distinct seasons. Spring days are long, warm, and sunny with cool evenings, while summers are hot and humid. Fall brings crisp, cool weather and changing leaves. In the winter, days are short and cool, and temperatures rarely dip below freezing. Snowfall is rare, with approximately five inches of accumulation annually.

While Greenville is a top destination at any time, this guide can help you plan for weather conditions each month of the year.

Fast Climate Facts: 

  • Hottest Month: July (87 degrees F / 31 degrees C)
  • Coldest Month: January (52 degrees F / 11 degrees C)
  • Wettest Month: July (5 inches of rain)

Spring in Greenville

Spring is an ideal time for visiting Greenville. With long, sunny days, high temperatures range between 63 and 77 degrees F (17 and 25 degrees C). Nights are chilly, especially in March and April and at the peaks of nearby mountains. Take advantage of the weather by hiking at Paris Mountain State Park and Table Rock State Park, pedaling down the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail, enjoying seasonal events such as the annual Artisphere arts festival, or just kicking back on the patio of a local brewery or rooftop restaurant.

What to pack: Pack light clothing that can be layered. While spring is generally dry, you may want an umbrella in case of occasional showers.

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • March: 63 F / 38 F (17 C / 3 C)
  • April: 72 F / 47 F (22 C / 8 C)
  • May: 77 F / 56 F (25 C / 13 C)

Summer in Greenville

Summer is peak season in Greenville, when visitors flock to enjoy the area's stellar parks and outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, golfing, and boating. The season is hot and muggy, with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s. However, low temperatures do dip into the upper 60s at night and can be even cooler on peaks like Caesar's Head and Coldbranch Mountain. Hotel rates are at their highest in summer, so book your trip in advance for the best deals.

What to pack: These are the city's hottest months, so shorts, sundresses, and light fabrics are a must. Bring additional layers if planning to hike or camp overnight, as temperatures vary from mountain bases to peaks. Indoor buildings can be chilly due to air conditioning, so pack a light sweater or jacket just in case. July is the city's wettest month—an umbrella or light rain jacket is essential.

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • June: 84 F / 66 F (29 C / 18 C)
  • July: 87 F / 68 F (31 C / 20 C)
  • August: 86 F / 68 F (30 C / 20 C)

Fall in Greenville

Fall is another popular time for visiting Greenville. It's still warm in September, with temperatures in the high 70s—though the summer heat and humidity fades and crisp temperatures begin to set in in October. As summer crowds disperse, hotel rates are cheaper and attractions are less crowded. The season still has plenty of popular events—including the Euphoria food, wine, and music festival each September—and the temperatures are pleasant enough to enjoy the outdoors.

What to pack: If you're traveling in September, pack as you would for spring. In October and November, light layers for warm days and cooler nights are recommended.

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • September: 79 F / 61 F (26 C / 16 C)
  • October: 69 F / 49 F (21 C / 10 C)
  • November: 62 F / 39 F (16 C / 4 C)

Winter in Greenville

Winters in the city are mild, with temperatures rarely falling below freezing. From the ice staking rink downtown to festivals, parades, and holiday performances at the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, December is a magical time in the city. January and February can be chilly, but high temperatures are still mild, making Greenville a welcome escape from places with harsh winter climates. Hotel rates are also the least expensive in the first two months of the year.

What to pack: As with other seasons, layers for temperature variations work best in winter. Also pack a light coat or heavier jacket for chilly evenings, particularly if spending time outdoors.

Average Temperatures by Month:

  • December: 53 F / 31 F (11 C / 0 C)
  • January: 51 F / 30 F (11 C / -1 C)
  • February: 55 F / 32 F (13 C / 0 C)
Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, Daylight Hours
Month  Avg. Temp.  Rainfall Daylight Hours
January 51 F 3.8 inches 10 hours 
February 55 F 4 inches 11 hours 
March 63 F 4.5 inches 12 hours 
April 72 F 3.4 inches  13 hours 
May 77 F 3.8 inches 14 hours
June 84 F 3.8 inches 14.5 hours 
July 87 F 4.8 inches 14 hours 
August 86 F 4.5 inches 13 hours 
September 79 F 3.4 inches  12 hours 
October 69 F 3.4 inches  11 hours
November 62 F 3.7 inches 10 hours
December 53 F 4.1 inches 10 hours