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When is the best time to visit the Deep South?

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.

Shannon, USA Specialist

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

Longwood, Natchez

Visiting the Deep South in January - March

Winter is relatively mild in the Deep South, with balmy temperatures along the Gulf Coast. There is increased rainfall across the area, while snow in the mountains can close some of the higher passes. New Orleans pulls in the crowds for Mardi Gras, when the city gets very busy and prices go up, but this vibrant celebration is well worth the additional expense.

Events & Festivals

  • Mardi Gras, New Orleans’ biggest festival, culminates on Shrove Tuesday (usually in February), with the largest and liveliest parades and street parties in the preceding few days. Read more »
  • The Spring Pilgrimage in Natchez, Mississippi, sees historic antebellum homes open to the public from mid-March to mid-April. Read more »

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