It you don’t mind slightly cooler temperatures, November can be an excellent month to visit Charleston. Average highs are around 70 degrees, up to the low 80s on the warmest days (and down to the high 50s on the coolest days).
The month generally brings plenty of sunny weather, with at least some sun on most days during the average November. The weather is often ideal for outdoor sightseeing, and for visits to Charleston’s plantations, cemeteries and other outdoor attractions. In the event of cooler weather or rain, the city offers a wide variety of indoor attractions too.
Pack layers for a November visit to Charleston. Mornings and evenings can be quite cool at this time of year, as can the cloudier days, especially when there is a breeze.
You will need light- to medium-weight outerwear, depending on what the forecast predicts and how used you are to the cold. Although November is one of Charleston’s driest months, there is a good chance you will need an umbrella.
November is the tail end of the southeast’s hurricane season, with tropical storms and hurricanes a possibility during the month. Appropriate insurance is advisable. If a hurricane or other dangerous weather occurs during your visit, follow all local guidance and be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
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The daily maximum temperature in Charleston in November averages 70°F (21°C), with the lowest daily highs being around 48-50°F (9-10°C), up to around 79-84°F (26-29°C) on the warmest days.
The proportion of warmer and cooler days varies somewhat from year to year. Expect around 5-10 days in the month to exceed 75°F (24°C), and 5-15 days on which the daily high does not exceed 65°F (18°C).
In the morning, temperatures often hover around 45-55°F (7-13°C), but could be as high as 70°F (21°C) on the warmest days. Evening temperatures are similar to morning ones on the more typical days, although they can be quite a few degrees cooler than in the morning when the weather has been especially warm. Overnight lows are usually in the range of 40-50°F (4-10°C) or so.
The weather only occasionally feels humid in November.
Surface water temperature in November at the beaches near Charleston is around 70-74°F (20-24°C), warm enough for many watersports and for some people, acceptable for a brief swim on warmer days.
The average November in Charleston has a little over 6 hours of sunshine each day. Rainfall for the month totals an average of 2.4 inches, with rain occurring on an average of 7 days.
November is generally a sunny month in Charleston. You can expect up to half of days in the average month to be mostly clear, and many more days with maybe a sunny morning or afternoon, punctuated by periods of cloud. Expect several days in the average November to be largely overcast, with a possibility of rain.
The average UV index in Charleston in November is 4.
Wind speeds in Charleston in November average around 9.5mph, with 3-6 days each month with only a very light or no breeze, and 4-7 days on average where wind speeds may reach around 15mph or higher.
In November, the sun rises at around 7:40am at the beginning of the month (6:40am after Daylight Saving Time ends) and at 7:05am at the end of the month. It begins to get light in the morning at 7:15am at the start of the month (6:15am after Daylight Saving Time ends), and by 6:35am at the end.
The sun sets at around 6:25pm at the start of the month (5:25pm after Daylight Saving Time ends), and at around 5:15pm by its end. It should be dark by around 6:50pm at the beginning of the month (5:50pm after Daylight Saving Time ends), and by 5:40pm at its end.
The amount of full daylight in November averages around ten and a half hours per day, plus an additional 25-30 minutes of low light at the beginning and end of the day.