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How's the Weather in Charleston in October?

Updated: July 31, 2023

The weather in Charleston in October is ideal for visiting this historic city in South Carolina as temperatures remain warm but with less of the humidity than during the summer months.

Weather in Charleston in October Early in the month the afternoon temperatures are mostly in the low 80s f (27-28C) with early morning lows in the lower 60s f (16-17C).  On a couple of days early this month the afternoon temperature can briefly reach 90f (32C) or more. By the month's end, however, afternoon temperatures are very comfortable, mostly in the mid-70s f (23-24C) with early morning lows in the lower 50s f (11-12C).

What to wear in Charleston during October?

Weather-wise, Charleston in October is more like summer but without the oppressive humidity. Summer clothes work well here, with perhaps a sweater or light jacket for the cooler evenings and early mornings, particularly towards the end of this month.

Skies can be expected to be clear or partly sunny on about 19 days with 11 days seeing mostly cloudy conditions.  Rain normally occurs on about 6-7 days this month, however, significant rainfalls of 0.5 inch (about 13mm) or more occur, on average, only on about 2 days.

Things to do in Charleston in October

All-in-all the weather is great so join us on our Historic Charleston or our Civil War tours and explore Charleston's rich history.

Fall is on its way! There are some great things going on in Charleston in October. Here is a short list.

One thing locals love to do and guests, too, is to stroll downtown during the Art Walk. It happens on Friday nights starting October 3rd. Walk from gallery to gallery along Church, Queen, Broad, and State Streets meeting artists and other art enthusiasts while sipping complementary wine and nibbling on hors d’oeuvres.

Also on October 3rd, the Greek Festival is a fun afternoon block party with great food, music, and fun for people of all ages. Each year signs are put up over Meeting Street and King Street announcing details.

The MOJA Arts Festival is also running from the last few days of September into the first few days of October. All over downtown Charleston you will hear the drums and experience the scents, sounds, and dancing of Charleston’s rich African and Caribbean roots. A block party is usually held on Concorde Street near the Market that is free to everyone.

Free Tours by Foot is an awesome option to learn about the city’s history, as well as architecture. To supplement your new found knowledge, you may want to check out the Fall Home & Gardens Tour put on by the Historic Charleston Foundation. These tours allow you to actually enter private residences to view their interiors and their private gardens.

If you’re looking for something fun and maybe a little scary to do to get you into the Halloween mood - head to Boone Hall Plantation for their Fright Nights! A large corn maze and a haunted hay ride are great ways to get the whole family into the spirit of the season.

If you want another fun Halloween spooky experience, take a drive and visit Legare Farms. Their halloween extravaganza has gotten bigger and bigger as the years have rolled on and they are now just as popular as Boone Hall for a night of frightening family fun - corn maze and all!


About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: July 31st, 2023
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