Average Weather in Charleston Arkansas, United States
In Charleston, the summers are hot and muggy; the winters are short, 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 93°F and is rarely below 19°F or above 101°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Charleston for warm-weather activities are from early May to late June and from mid August to mid October.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 4 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 93°F and low of 72°F.
The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 26 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 59°F. The coldest day of the year is January 7, with an average low of 32°F and high of 50°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
In Charleston, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Charleston begins around June 12 and lasts for 4.9 months, ending around November 8. On July 25, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 72% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 28% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 8 and lasts for 7.1 months, ending around June 12. On March 1, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 49% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 51% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Charleston varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.3 months, from April 7 to July 17, with a greater than 31% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 44% on May 21.
The drier season lasts 8.7 months, from July 17 to April 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 18% on January 21.
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 44% on May 21.
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. Charleston experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Charleston. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 10, with an average total accumulation of 5.2 inches.
The least rain falls around January 21, with an average total accumulation of 2.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Charleston does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Charleston varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 47 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 32 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:00 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:39 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 5:03 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 31 minutes later at 8:34 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Charleston during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Charleston experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 11 to September 30, 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 22, with muggy conditions 86% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 19, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Charleston experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from October 18 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 5.1 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.9 months, from May 20 to October 18. The calmest day of the year is August 3, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Charleston varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 weeks, from January 20 to February 3, with a peak percentage of 29% on January 28. The wind is most often from the south for 7.0 months, from February 3 to September 4 and for 4.1 months, from September 18 to January 20, with a peak percentage of 54% on June 24. The wind is most often from the east for 2.0 weeks, from September 4 to September 18, with a peak percentage of 36% on September 5.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Charleston 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 Charleston for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to late June and from mid 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 Charleston for hot-weather activities is from early June to early September, with a peak score in the first week of July.
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 Charleston typically lasts for 7.5 months (229 days), from around March 25 to around November 9, rarely starting before March 3 or after April 17, and rarely ending before October 20 or after November 29.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Charleston should appear around February 17, only rarely appearing before February 1 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 21 to August 27, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is July 9, with an average of 7.0 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 23, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Charleston are 35.297 deg latitude, -94.036 deg longitude, and 495 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Charleston contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 200 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 501 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (814 feet). Within 50 miles contains significant variations in elevation (2,467 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Charleston is covered by cropland (87%), within 10 miles by cropland (60%) and trees (34%), and within 50 miles by trees (64%) and cropland (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Charleston, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Charleston.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Charleston 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 Charleston is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Charleston and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort Smith Municipal Airport (55%, 30 kilometers, west); Drake Field (12%, 80 kilometers, north); Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport (11%, 85 kilometers, south); Russellville Municipal Airport (11%, 86 kilometers, east); and Mount Ida (10%, 93 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .