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5 College Junior

Weather: North Carolina weather is great. It only gets really hot in August, but for the rest of the year, it's often sunny with good temperatures.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: When it rains, it pours at Duke. Girls, bring your rainboots. Boys, I wish it were more socially acceptable for you all to have rainboots, because it's often the only way I survive rainy days without getting completely soaked. Summers are a little hard at night when you lack air conditioning, but otherwise walking to class is bearable if a little uncomfortable. Snow, when it happens, isn't too inconvenient. Usually roads, parking lots, paths, and walkways are cleared quickly and facilitate a beautiful walk to and from class/etc.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: So far so good. However in February, the weather had been slightly bipolar. It might be snowing on Monday and be extremely hot by Sunday, so make sure you bring coats and shorts.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Usually the weather is amazing. Just buy a raincoat and Hunter boots.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: HOT summers and Cold winters

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The weather in Durham is a lot of things, but "predictable" is not one of them. On the whole, it’s very pleasant, but temperatures and conditions can swing from the high end of the scale to the low end with little warning. Durham is kind of like Mother Nature’s little freak experiment, so you'll need your entire wardrobe. The beginning and end of terms are marked by some extremely hot and humid days, and no one enjoys the two or three long weeks of rain—a time when many students try to remember what it was like to walk home without being soaked to the shins. There are also a few cold weeks in the winter, and one or two snow "storms" (a few inches), which leave the entire area positively bewildered (but stunningly picturesque). So be sure to bring a good winter coat and a pair of rain or snow boots! 

At Duke, you’re more likely to be concerned about heat stroke than frostbite, but be prepared for both (and every condition in between). Remember, though, that in between the extremes, Duke has many days that are breathtakingly beautiful, particularly in the fall. You won't want to miss those!

Facts & Statistics

Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 71 °F
Spring - Low: 46 °F
Summer - High: 87 °F
Summer - Low: 67 °F
Fall - High: 71 °F
Fall - Low: 48 °F
Winter - High: 52 °F
Winter - Low: 29 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 4.22 in./month
Summer: 4.11 in./month
Fall: 3.81 in./month
Winter: 3.85 in./month
What to Pack
  • Bathing suits
  • Flip-flops
  • Rain boots
  • Raincoat
  • Shorts
  • Snow boots
  • Sunglasses
  • Winter coat


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