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Old 09-25-2013, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC (West Ashley)
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in our 4+ yrs in SC, i have yet to wear anything heavier then a columbia fleece in the winter and many days i'm still in shorts..... And dang it, i will make sure i never wear a winter coat here, it's the principle of it now lol
Last year I broke out my North Face fleece jacket a few times in the winter. But my running tights only came out 3 times total. Gotta love running the half marathon in January when wearing shorts! My friend wore shorts and short sleeves but I did wear a long sleeved shirt for it.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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This will be my first winter here (even though I have been in SC since 2006). How does Charleston compare with cold temperatures compared to Greenville? Some of the days in the upstate were COLD. And yes, I may be from PA but living in SC for so long I am now used to the weather here.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Charleston is warmer than Greenville by a little bit. The average high in January is upper 50s here. The average low is upper 30s, but there's a lot of warmer nights.

You have your share of temps near and below freezing and cold days, but there's less winter weather. While Greenville has at least a couple bouts of winter weather each year, we haven't had anything since January 2011 when we had an ice/snow event.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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The people here that are saying they never wear winter coats are dreaming or smoking a little something during winter. It gets very cold in the winter and enough for a heavy winter coat , and if, you work outside you need a knit cap, and gloves during January and February for sure. These people are from some place it is freezing all the time and snows all the time.
Just know that Fall , like others have said, is the best time to vist (Sept/Oct).
Do not come in the Summer (June/July/or especially August). It is very, very hot and humid.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Back in WI
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The people here that are saying they never wear winter coats are dreaming or smoking a little something during winter. It gets very cold in the winter and enough for a heavy winter coat , and if, you work outside you need a knit cap, and gloves during January and February for sure. These people are from some place it is freezing all the time and snows all the time.
Just know that Fall , like others have said, is the best time to vist (Sept/Oct).
Do not come in the Summer (June/July/or especially August). It is very, very hot and humid.
Sorry, wasnt dreaming of a coat-less winter and didnt light up before adding my .02 lol. Yes i'm sure for anyone born/raised in the south, some winter days can feel quite cold. And yes for transplants from the north who are used to much harsher conditions (but milder summers), the temps here may not seem as bad.
For a northerner coming here, winter in SC is like fall in the north. As many of the days here get at least some sunshine, even on the coldest am's when temps dip into the teens, the sun can bring it into the 40's-50's by lunch. What i will admit to, is when we head back home (WI) in Dec/Jan for visits, and on the am's when it's well below zero, i freeze much quicker then i did living there. In fact 20's there seem colder then 20's here (as the sun in the north may not warm the day at all, then add in wind).

It's all relative and what one is used to. In fact we acclimated to the heat here quite quickly, and find ourselves in the middle of summer driving with the top down, and even wandering around Charleston. After all, if the weather was the reason we relocated, may as well make use of it.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:34 AM
 
Location: 5 Miles to the Beach
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The people here that are saying they never wear winter coats are dreaming or smoking a little something during winter. It gets very cold in the winter and enough for a heavy winter coat , and if, you work outside you need a knit cap, and gloves during January and February for sure. These people are from some place it is freezing all the time and snows all the time.
Just know that Fall , like others have said, is the best time to vist (Sept/Oct).
Do not come in the Summer (June/July/or especially August). It is very, very hot and humid.
Fall is the BEST time to come because it gets very warm very fast in the spring. And I agree with you on the cold temperature comment. I used to make fun of southerners who couldn't stand 60 degree weather but today (to me) is freezing. And its currently 66 degrees and cloudy. We also did just have rain but I mean that goes to show how living here for an extended period of time can cause you to get acclimated to the climate.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Lexington, SC
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I have not worn a hat nor gloves during 13 winters here. I can see the need such if working outside but I do not. Heaviest thing I wear in the winter is a leather jacket or a fleece pullover.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC (West Ashley)
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I wear gloves quite frequently because my hands get cold and would go numb (it's called Raynaud's phenomenon).

I've run in a short sleeved dry-fit shirt, shorts, and gloves. I wore gloves *with handwarmers* during the Charleston marathon.

But I still wore shorts .

As far as heavy winter coat goes, I guess that depends on your definition of a heavy winter coat as to whether you need one or not.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:08 PM
 
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It depends on the purpose of your vacation. Are you looking to get a break from a harsh winter or see the glory of Charleston?

My personal preference is when the trees, plants and flowers are in their prime. The lush green, mossy oaks and window boxes take my breath away. In the winter (Jan/Feb/early March), I think Charleston looks kind of blah compared to other times of the year.

I'm from Maine and I wear a fleece in the Winter on some days. I think it gets chilly in the Winter but we have breaks in the colder temps. It isn't so cold that it will snow but it can get nippy (not freeze your nose hairs nippy, though). One New Years Day we walked Folly Beach and it was 70. So you never know what you are going to get.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:51 PM
 
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The best time to visit is during the Spoleto Festival.
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