Some northerners who retire to Florida but then decide they don't want that much sunshine and move up to North Carolina are called Halfbacks, because they decided to go halfway back. What lures them is the temperate climate: There are four full seasons, but none is too intense.
Summers can be hot and humid, but the average temperature is 76 F/24 C. The July temperatures vacillate between 88 F/31 C and 69 F/21 C, but on average the temperature will reach 90 F/32 C about 31 times.
Fall is a popular time for leaf-peeper visits to the North Carolina mountains, less than three hours to the west.
Winter is generally mild: Temperatures range between 50 F/10 C during the day and 31 F/-1 C in the evenings. A few snowfalls will punctuate the winter months, but snow usually doesn't stick around for long. Nonetheless, a slight but wet snowfall can bring Charlotte to a standstill since many drivers are not accustomed to driving in snow.
Spring is temperate and provides the legions of avid gardeners in the city the chance to show off at flower shows. Fall and spring are the best times to visit.