Weather

Highlands owes its cooler weather to its altitude. Astride the Eastern Continental Divide, at just over 4,100 ft (1,200 m), the town’s elevation contributes to its relatively cool summers and abundant rainfall, averaging 87.57 inches (2,224 mm) per year. Average snowfall is only 6 inches (15 cm), largely due to the fact that Highlands is further south and east in the Appalachian Mountains. Areas of similar elevation on the northwest side of Appalachian region, such as Banner Elk, are not as protected from periodic blasts of Arctic air and receive more substantial snowfall. Regardless, Highlands is one of the very rare locations at this latitude that has an average high of 78°F or 26°C in July, far lower than the rest of the American South.

Monthly normal and record temperatures

Mon. Rec.
low
Avg.
low
Avg.
mean
Avg.
high
Rec.
high
Jan. -19°F
-28°C
23°F
-5°C
33°F
1°C
42°F
6°C
70°F
21°C
Feb. -9°F
-23°C
25°F
-4°C
36°F
2°C
46°F
8°C
73°F
23°C
Mar. -1°F
-18°C
31°F
-1°C
43°F
6°C
54°F
12°C
78°F
26°C
April 13°F
-11°C
38°F
3°C
50°F
10°C
62°F
17°C
83°F
6°C
May 28°F
-2°C
46°F
8°C
58°F
14°C
69°F
21°C
86°F
30°C
June 35°F
2°C
53°F
12°C
64°F
18°C
75°F
24°C
91°F
33°C
July 43°F
6°C
57°F
14°C
68°F
20°C
78°F
26°C
93°F
34°C
Aug. 43°F
6°C
56°F
13°C
66°F
19°C
76°F
24°C
91°F
33°C
Sep. 30°F
-1°C
51°F
11°C
61°F
16°C
71°F
22°C
89°F
32°C
Oct. 20°F
-7°C
40°F
4°C
51°F
11°C
62°F
17°C
82°F
28°C
Nov. -3°F
-19°C
32°F
0°C
42°F
6°C
52°F
11°C
77°F
25°C
Dec. -11°F
-24°C
26°F
-3°C
35°F
2°C
44°F
7°C
72°F
22°C