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The Deep South is at its best between March and May, when the weather is warm and sunny, and the nights are pleasantly cool. By June, heat and humidity become a consideration, and travel over July and August is best avoided unless you’re comfortable in the sticky heat of a southern summer. By September and October, temperatures and humidity levels have dropped from their summer highs and, in the Great Smoky Mountains, the turning trees provide a dramatic fall display. There is a risk of occasional hurricanes, particularly along the coast, from June to November.

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I love to visit the Deep South just after Easter. The days are starting to get longer and the temperatures are comfortable enough for you to get out and explore with none of the crippling heat that affects the region over the summer.

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Deep South Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Atlanta 11°C 129mm 13°C 121mm 17°C 145mm 23°C 113mm 27°C 106mm 30°C 96mm 32°C 125mm 31°C 96mm 28°C 91mm 23°C 79mm 17°C 95mm 12°C 111mm
Charleston 14°C 87mm 16°C 81mm 19°C 104mm 23°C 65mm 27°C 87mm 30°C 137mm 32°C 150mm 31°C 174mm 29°C 129mm 25°C 81mm 20°C 62mm 16°C 76mm
Memphis 9°C 104mm 11°C 109mm 16°C 133mm 22°C 134mm 27°C 126mm 31°C 93mm 33°C 89mm 32°C 80mm 29°C 86mm 24°C 73mm 16°C 120mm 11°C 131mm
Nashville 8°C 104mm 10°C 104mm 16°C 126mm 22°C 104mm 26°C 117mm 30°C 97mm 32°C 100mm 32°C 86mm 28°C 86mm 23°C 69mm 16°C 105mm 10°C 116mm
New Orleans 17°C 127mm 19°C 134mm 22°C 126mm 26°C 120mm 29°C 124mm 32°C 138mm 33°C 167mm 33°C 157mm 31°C 141mm 27°C 77mm 22°C 107mm 18°C 129mm

Month-by-month guide to travelling in the Deep South

Jekyll Island

Visiting the Deep South in June - August

By June, temperatures across the south are noticeably higher. By July, it’s hot and sticky with averages of 30°C (86°F) and highs of 40°C (104°F). Coupled with high humidity levels, it can feel unbearably hot. To cope with the heat, you could follow the locals and head for the coast to relax on Jekyll Island off Georgia or see nesting sea turtles on the South Carolina beaches.

Events & Festivals

  • Elvis Week, each August in Memphis, commemorates the anniversary of the King’s death with panel discussions, live music and the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. Read more »
  • The CMA Music Festival in Nashville takes place in early June each year and features four days of concerts in the home of country music. Read more »

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Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring the Deep South

Trip ideas for exploring the Deep South