We’re taking a look at what the cooler season may bring. | Photo by @itbens
We know the question on your mind, Charlestonians — when’s it going to get cold? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for December, January, and February.
While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter may bring.
Reminder: The first day of winter is on December21.
Think warm. This winter, Charleston has a 50-60% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.
Expect slightly less to about average precipitation. Charleston has a 40-50% chance of seeing below-normal rainfall this winter.
Typically in Charleston, December’s temperatures fluctuate between an average low of 49.3° and an average high of 60.8°, which we may experience again this season.
If you’re a warm weather enthusiast, this month’s average relative humidity is 78%, making it the most humid month. Pro tip: December has an average daily maximum UV index of 4, so don’t slack on the sunscreen.
Jump into January
Don’t bask in the warm(er) temps for too long: January would be the time to pull out that puffer jacket. With an average high of 57° and low of 44.4°, January is recognized as the coldestmonth.
It’s also the month with the least rainfall, so bundle up and head to an oyster roast at Pearlz Oyster Bar in West Ashley — we know there’s no shortage of roasts this time of year.
Good news: You’ve made it to the last month of winter. Historically, average temperatures fluctuate between 60.4° and 47.7° during February in the Holy City. This month often sees 10.8 rainfall days, which we might see again this year, so be sure to have that raincoat handy.
The most wonderful time of year to get out and explore the city is…
Pink Cactus Tequila Dinner w. Tears of Llorona | Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 6-8 p.m. | Pink Cactus, 100a Spring St., Charleston | $100 | Grab a ticket for this three-course dinner pairing the best of Oaxacan cuisine with a tequila tasting from distiller Tears of Llorona.
Christmas Tree Lighting | Tuesday, Nov. 29 | 6-8:30 p.m. | Hutchinson Square, 102 S. Main St., Summerville | Free | Join the Town of Summerville for its annual tree lighting celebration featuring live window displays, photos with Santa, and a countdown.
Sippin’ Santa Holiday Pop-Up | Wednesday, Nov. 30-Saturday, Dec. 31 | 11-2 a.m. | Bonny’s Hideaway, 549 King St., Charleston | Free | Head to this pop-up for festive food and cocktails, mugs and glassware, Christmas decor, and a new Christmas-themed brunch service.
Emeline’s Holiday Tree Lighting | Thursday, Dec. 1 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Emeline, 181 Church St., Charleston | Free | Put on your favorite holiday sweater, don an elf hat, and check out this 14-foot tree lighting while you sip on complimentary hot cider and cocoa.
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
The 2023 Charleston Open will feature three former Charleston Open Champions, who have 18 combined WTA singles titles between them. | Photo provided by Charleston Tennis LLC
This deal is sure to make a racquet:Charlestonians can grab discounted tickets to the Credit One Charleston Open, happening April 1-9, 2023. 🎾
From now until Thurs., Dec. 1, usecode CHSTENNIS to get 20% offterrace level and general admission tickets to the event, featuring Jessie Pegula, No. 3 player in the world and Belinda Bencic, two-time Olympic medalist; plus expanded entertainment and food + bev options.
The City of Charleston is offering its free holiday parking voucheragain this season, valid through Saturday, Dec. 31. The voucher allows for two hours of free parking at participating garages, including Majestic Square and St. Philip Street. Grab your pass. 🚗 (Holy City Sinner)
Heads up, Holy City: Charleston County School District is hosting a virtual hiring event for teachers today from 4-5:30 p.m. External educators from all certification areas are welcome. Register by 10 a.m. to participate. 🍎 (WCBD)
Ever wonder what a life-sizegingerbreadhouse would look like? Head to Hotel Bennett between now and New Year’s Day to find out. The downtown Charleston hotel is in full holiday swing, featuring a gingerbread house pop-up, a wreath-making workshop, and a tree lighting ceremony. Peep the full event calendar. 🎄 (WCBD)
‘Tis the season for entertaining, CHS. Looking to impress your dinner guests (with less prep + more merriment)? Enter: Lowes Foods. From Pick & Prep to pre-made entertainment trays, here are six hacks to take advantage of duringthis busy season.*
Ready to skate into the holidays? Check out this list of local ice skating rinks to add to your agenda this season, featuring Daniel Island’s Skate the Stadium event, which kicks off on Friday, Dec. 2, and North Charleston’s Carolina Ice Palace. ⛸️ (WCBD)
$100,000. That’s Trident United Way’s fundraising goal on GivingTuesday. Between 10-11 a.m. today, staff + volunteers will be taking pledges online and by phone to support the 2-1-1 Helpline. Bonus: The organization’s board of directors will be matching donations up to $50,000. Learn how to give. 📱
Dorchester County’s new multi-million dollar emergency operations and 911 call center is nearing completion. The 17,000-sqft, $12 million project has been in production for approximately a year, and the facility may be ready for equipment + operations to move in during the spring. 🏗️ (WCSC)
Moncks Corner Marketplacerecently sold for $29.15 million. The fully-occupied, 72,300-sqft center opened in September + was purchased by an affiliate of Stockbridge Capital Group. 💰 (The Post and Courier)
Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center and the Berkeley County Library System have partnered for a toy drive this season. The community is invited to drop off new and unused toys at Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center between Monday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 9, orat the Cane Bay Library by Tuesday, Dec. 6. 🎁 (WCSC)
Local nonprofit Dorchester Paws is now accepting new methods of donation to the shelter, including cryptocurrency, a donate now, pay lateralternative, and a Venmo option. Cryptocurrency donations, including Bitcoin and Etherium, are non-taxable. 🐾 (WCSC)
Shop and give back at the same time with Toadfish,a local eco-friendly company. For every product sold, Toadfish will replant new oyster beds to help clean our coastal waters. Shop now. 🦪
Dreaming up a trip to the Bahamas? This Spanish Wells private cottagemight just be your new happy place. It’s steps from the turquoise water, fully air conditioned, and is rated five stars. Book it as a January getaway or the best holiday gift ever for $280 avg/night. 🌊*
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Editor’s pick:You never have to convince me to take a trip to any of the Mex 1 Coastal Cantinalocations for an order of chips and guac + a pineapple habanero margarita, but the incentive just got even sweeter.
If you purchase a $25 gift card from the local restaurant between Wednesday, Nov. 30 + Saturday, Dec. 24, they’ll throw in a Mex 1 beer glass, koozie, and a sticker for free.
Y’all know where to find me during my next holiday gift shopping spree. 👀
Missed yesterday’s newsletter? Check out six party prep tips from Lowes Foods, here.
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