Average Weather in Albemarle North Carolina, United States
In Albemarle, 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 90°F and is rarely below 20°F or above 96°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Albemarle for warm-weather activities are from early May to early June and from late August to mid October.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 25 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 82°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 90°F and low of 70°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.0 months, from November 29 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 29, with an average low of 32°F and high of 53°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
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
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In Albemarle, 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 Albemarle begins around July 31 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around November 24. On October 8, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 66% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 34% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 24 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around July 31. On January 4, 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
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Albemarle varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.4 months, from May 18 to August 29, with a greater than 32% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 45% on July 27.
The drier season lasts 8.6 months, from August 29 to May 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 19% on October 30.
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 45% on July 27.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
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. Albemarle experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Albemarle. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 25, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The least rain falls around January 29, with an average total accumulation of 2.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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. Albemarle experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from December 18 to March 2, 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 9.5 months, from March 2 to December 18. The least snow falls around July 22, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Albemarle varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, 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
The earliest sunrise is at 6:05 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 42 minutes later at 7:47 AM on November 6. The earliest sunset is at 5:08 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:39 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Albemarle during 2021, starting in the spring on March 14, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 7.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases
Albemarle experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 16 to October 3, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 22% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 24, with muggy conditions 88% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 31, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Albemarle experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.5 months, from November 1 to May 17, with average wind speeds of more than 5.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.5 months, from May 17 to November 1. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Albemarle varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 1.6 months, from January 31 to March 18 and for 3.5 months, from September 11 to December 28, with a peak percentage of 35% on October 15. The wind is most often from the west for 1.1 weeks, from March 21 to March 29; for 4.1 months, from April 10 to August 13; and for 1.1 months, from December 28 to January 31, with a peak percentage of 36% on July 13. The wind is most often from the east for 4.1 weeks, from August 13 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 32% on September 6.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Albemarle 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 Albemarle for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to early June and from late August to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of September.
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 Albemarle for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September, with a peak score in the third week of August.
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.
The growing season in Albemarle typically lasts for 7.1 months (218 days), from around March 30 to around November 3, rarely starting before March 10 or after April 20, and rarely ending before October 15 or after November 24.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Albemarle should appear around February 16, only rarely appearing before January 30 or after March 6.
Growing Degree Days
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 15 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 23, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from November 10 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 25, with an average of 2.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Albemarle are 35.350 deg latitude, -80.200 deg longitude, and 476 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Albemarle contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 266 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 501 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (627 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (1,161 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Albemarle is covered by artificial surfaces (60%), trees (20%), and cropland (20%), within 10 miles by trees (47%) and cropland (45%), and within 50 miles by trees (57%) and cropland (29%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Albemarle, 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 Albemarle.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Albemarle 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 Albemarle is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Albemarle and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Stanly County Airport (78%, 9 kilometers, northeast); Anson County Airport (9%, 39 kilometers, south); Concord Regional Airport (7%, 46 kilometers, west); and Charlotte–Monroe Executive Airport (6%, 53 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .