Fort Bragg NC Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
It’s a question we often ask even before the sun’s up: What’s the weather going to be like today?
The answer to that question is even more important as you’re getting acclimated to your new home at Fort Bragg, no matter where your Permanent Change of Station brings you from.
Whether you’re relocating from a hot and humid state or a cold, arid region, one adage always proves true —
“There is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.” — Billy Connelly
At Fort Bragg, just outside Fayetteville, North Carolina, a wide range of annual temperatures means you’ll need the right gear and mindset for all four seasons.
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The region around Fayetteville is designated a humid subtropical climate, with mostly moderate temperatures and precipitation throughout the year. It’s not the heat, but the humidity that’s the biggest challenge many newcomers face.
Knowing the range of temperatures in each season at Fort Bragg can help you prepare for any activity, whether it be extensive outdoor training or leisurely evenings spent in your own backyard.
High temps: Low to mid 70s
Low temps: Low 50s
As nature begins to renew itself, days are pleasantly warmer with cooler mornings and evenings. A mix of lighter clothing in layers will allow you and/or your family to choose just the right amount of comfort throughout the day.
Keep in mind that thunderstorms, tornadoes, and even hurricanes can be a concern during this season leading into the summer months. Follow emergency weather warnings and seek appropriate shelter when advised.
High temps: Low to mid 90s
Low temps: 70s
Increased heat and moisture makes for sweltering humidity during Fort Bragg’s summer months. Lighter fabrics and colors are essential to staying cool during the muggy days. Sunscreen is imperative, even when it’s partially cloudy. Evenings provide welcome relief from the sun. In July, the chance of a day with rain is about 50 percent.
Note: Dehydration and heatstroke can become problems for personnel training or for anyone exercising outside so plan accordingly.
For up-to-date Fort Bragg heat categories follow Fort Braggs Facebook page for up-to-date postings or call 910-907-HEAT.
High temps: Mid to high 70s
Low temps: Low to high 50s
The harvest season, thankfully, brings rapidly cooling temperatures, just in time for fall outdoor sports and Halloween for the kids. Cloud coverage remains ever present, but rainfall drops off dramatically to about a 20 percent daily chance in October. Mornings and evenings again call for jackets and layers that can be shed if needed.
High temps: Low to mid 50s
Low temps: Low to mid 30s
Though the cold season is relatively short, the mercury dips its yearly lowest to frost noses and toes. Freezing temperatures can make for icy mornings and nights. Snowfall is uncommon but not unheard of, with an average of a few inches annually.
Wool socks, fleece pullovers, down coats, and tightly knit caps can all help keep heat close. After you winterize your wardrobe, don’t forget to plan for winter emergencies at home or in a vehicle.
Find tips for dealing with a multitude of weather emergencies at ReadyNC.org.
Field & Training Expectations Year-round
From the blazing sun of summer to the cold darkness of winter, Fort Bragg experiences a wide range of weather. But the Army doesn’t stop training exercises for freezing temps or heat waves. Be sure to bring or acquire an assortment of personal field gear that can handle any situation, whether a static line jump in January or an obstacle course in July. A wide range of uniforms and clothing is important to remain healthy and effective in the field from the frigid depth of winter to the sweltering days of summer.
Where to Find Gear at Fort Bragg
Military personnel and families are used to picking up roots and settling down in a new locale. But depending on the geography of your new home, you may or may not have the accumulated wardrobe or personal equipment best suited to the climate. There are plenty of options in the Fort Bragg community to help make any low or high temp just right.
Discount retailers, consignment shops, and thrift stores in nearby Fayetteville can also help fill out your wardrobe with inexpensive options while you discover what clothing you may want to upgrade.
Fort Bragg Military Clothing
You can always find certified apparel at the Fort Bragg Military Clothing store in Building 4-2171, Reilly Street. Leadership will issue announcements on which combat, service, and fitness uniforms are appropriate for each season.
There are two main exchange stores at Fort Bragg, the North Post Exchange in Building 8-5050 on Butner Road and the South Post Exchange in Building Z3252 on Canopy Lane. Each season will bring a variety of new clothes for purchase.
The Airborne Attic, in Building 7006-A on Letterman Street, is also a valuable resource for the newly relocated. It provides Soldiers (E-4 and below) and their family members at Fort Bragg clothing and baby items free of charge.
Recreation Equipment Checkout Center
It’s easier to enjoy the great outdoors with equipment suited to the season. Find a full range of rentals at the Recreation Equipment Checkout Center, Building Q-5144 on Smith Lake Road. From boats and mountain bikes to grills and yard canopies, you’ll have easy access to everything you need to keep you busy outside during downtime.
With preparation and adaptation, you’ll appreciate all four seasons at your new home. And if you’re still not sure what the day ahead will exactly bring, you can always check the latest forecasts and other related announcements at the official Weather Facebook page for Fort Bragg.