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South Carolina Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

South Carolina has a humid, sub-tropical climate, with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons. In winter, temperatures generally average 5 to 7°C (40 to 45°F) in inland areas, and 12 to 15ºC (55 to 60°F) by the shore. Summer temperatures, modified by mountains in some areas and by sea breezes in others, range from 24 to 29ºC (75 to 85°F), and can reach as high as 32ºC (90°F) and above.

Required clothing

Lightweights are advised throughout the year, with warmer clothes for winter. Beachwear is popular, and protection from the midday sun, such as sunglasses and sun hats, is advisable.