While North Carolina's southern coast has a temperate climate and plenty of sunshine, expect seasonal changes. Summer temperatures reach into the 90s and fluctuate from the mid-80s to mid-90s with infrequent jumps into the 100s. July is the warmest month, with an average maximum temperature of 90 degrees and humidity percentages into the 80s. Winter temperatures tend to be in the 40s, but can rise or fall about 15 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average minimum temperature of 33 degrees.
Remember that the Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, and the North Carolina coast has been in the path of storms. They may amount to nothing, but be prepared. For more information on safety procedures, visit the Public Safety/Emergency Preparedness section of the New Hanover County govenment's website (www.nhcgov.com) or call the Emergency Management Office at (910)798-6900.