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Average Weather in Lincolnton North Carolina, United States

In Lincolnton, the summers are hot and muggy, the winters are very cold and wet, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 32°F to 89°F and is rarely below 19°F or above 96°F.

Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Lincolnton for warm-weather activities are from early May to mid June and from mid August to early October.

Climate Summary

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Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 25 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 19, with an average high of 89°F and low of 69°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 27 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 32°F and high of 51°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature

Average Hourly Temperature in LincolntonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMNowNowvery coldvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhotvery cold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Luoqiao, China (7,966 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Lincolnton (view comparison).

Clouds

In Lincolnton, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The clearer part of the year in Lincolnton begins around August 2 and lasts for 3.5 months, ending around November 17. On October 7, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around November 17 and lasts for 8.5 months, ending around August 2. On December 26, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 51% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 49% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in LincolntonclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Oct 765%Oct 765%Dec 2649%Dec 2649%Aug 257%Aug 257%NowNowclearmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudyovercast
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Lincolnton varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from May 8 to August 29, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 43% on July 12.

The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from August 29 to May 8. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on October 29.

Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 43% on July 12.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in LincolntonwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Jul 1243%Jul 1243%Oct 2918%Oct 2918%May 830%May 830%Aug 2930%Aug 2930%NowNowrainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Lincolnton experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

Rain falls throughout the year in Lincolnton. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 11, with an average total accumulation of 3.4 inches.

The least rain falls around January 29, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.

As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Lincolnton experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.

The snowy period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from December 3 to March 10, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around January 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.

The snowless period of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from March 10 to December 3. The least snow falls around July 20, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in LincolntonsnowsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 in2.5 in3.0 in3.5 inJan 220.3 inJan 220.3 inJul 200.0 inJul 200.0 inDec 30.1 inDec 30.1 inMar 100.1 inMar 100.1 inNowNow
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Lincolnton varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in LincolntonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 1912 hr, 7 minMar 1914 hr, 33 minJun 2014 hr, 33 minJun 2012 hr, 10 minSep 2212 hr, 10 minSep 229 hr, 46 minDec 219 hr, 46 minDec 21nightnightday
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 6:09 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 37 minutes later at 7:46 AM on October 31. The earliest sunset is at 5:11 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:44 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lincolnton during 2020, starting in the spring on March 8, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 1.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in LincolntonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 126:09 AMJun 126:09 AM8:44 PMJun 288:44 PMJun 28Dec 55:11 PMDec 55:11 PM7:46 AMOct 317:46 AMOct 31Mar 8DSTMar 8DSTDSTNov 1DSTNov 1daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day over the course of the year 2020. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray. The transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

Lincolnton experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.

The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.1 months, from May 23 to September 25, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 19% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 78% of the time.

The least muggy day of the year is February 5, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in LincolntonmuggyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 50%Feb 50%78%Jul 2478%Jul 24May 2319%May 2319%Sep 2519%Sep 2519%NowNowoppressiveoppressivemuggymuggyhumidhumiddrydrycomfortablecomfortable
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Lincolnton experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from November 4 to May 18, with average wind speeds of more than 6.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 18 to November 4. The calmest day of the year is July 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.3 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in LincolntonwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph2 mph4 mph6 mph8 mph10 mph12 mph14 mphMar 318.3 mphMar 318.3 mphJul 315.3 mphJul 315.3 mphNov 46.8 mphNov 46.8 mphMay 186.8 mphMay 186.8 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lincolnton varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the north for 1.9 weeks, from February 11 to February 24; for 1.0 weeks, from March 6 to March 13; and for 3.1 months, from September 14 to December 18, with a peak percentage of 35% on October 14. The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 weeks, from February 24 to March 6; for 1.6 months, from June 8 to July 28; and for 1.8 months, from December 18 to February 11, with a peak percentage of 33% on July 3. The wind is most often from the south for 2.8 months, from March 13 to June 8 and for 1.9 weeks, from July 28 to August 10, with a peak percentage of 33% on April 15.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in LincolntonWNSWSENWJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%NowNowwestsouthnortheast
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Lincolnton throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.

The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Lincolnton for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to mid June and from mid August to early October, with a peak score in the first week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Lincolntonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.46.40.90.96.06.05.35.3NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Lincolnton for hot-weather activities is from mid June to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Lincolntonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468106.16.10.10.1NowNow precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.

Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.

Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.

Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.

Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Lincolnton typically lasts for 7.2 months (220 days), from around March 29 to around November 4, rarely starting before March 9 or after April 18, and rarely ending before October 16 or after November 21.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Lincolntongrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Mar 2950%Mar 2950%Nov 450%Nov 490%Apr 1890%Apr 1890%Oct 1690%Oct 1610%Mar 910%Mar 910%Nov 2110%Nov 210%Dec 230%Dec 23Jul 16100%Jul 16100%NowNowfreezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Lincolnton should appear around February 22, only rarely appearing before February 4 or after March 8.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 4.2 months, from April 16 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 6.9 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from November 8 to February 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 2.5 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in LincolntonbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWhJun 226.9 kWhJun 226.9 kWhDec 242.5 kWhDec 242.5 kWhApr 166.0 kWhApr 166.0 kWhAug 246.0 kWhAug 246.0 kWhFeb 73.3 kWhFeb 73.3 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lincolnton are 35.474 deg latitude, -81.255 deg longitude, and 846 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Lincolnton contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 233 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 825 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (627 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (4,003 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Lincolnton is covered by artificial surfaces (51%), trees (29%), and cropland (20%), within 10 miles by trees (54%) and cropland (42%), and within 50 miles by trees (60%) and cropland (26%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Lincolnton, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lincolnton.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lincolnton according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Lincolnton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lincolnton and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lincolnton, Lincolnton-Lincoln County Regional Airport (73%, 9 kilometers, east); Hickory Regional Airport (9%, 32 kilometers, north); Gastonia Municipal Airport (10%, 32 kilometers, south); and Shelby Municipal Airport (7%, 40 kilometers, southwest).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.