Raleigh: Geography and Climate

Raleigh is located in the gently rolling pine woods of the central Piedmont section of North Carolina, midway between the Great Smoky Mountains to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, each about a three-hour drive. Temperatures average around 38.9 degrees in mid-winter, 59.3 degrees in mid-spring, 78.1 degrees in mid-summer and 59.7 degrees in mid-autumn. Snowfall averages 7.9 inches per year.

Area: 117.3 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 434 feet above sea level

Average Temperatures: January, 38.9° F; July, 78.1° F; annual average, 59.3° F reported

Average Annual Precipitation: 52.6 inches