Overview of Area in New Bern, NC

A product of 1700s Swiss heritage and the former seat of the territorial governor under King George, New Bern, NC is best known in the region for its long, rich history. As a Southern city taken hostage by the North during the Civil War, the historic buildings escaped war damage and the historic value of the city increased. New Bern's location on two rivers, its relatively short distance from the coast and the existence of its railroad made it a valuable commodity to the Union Army until the end of the war, thereby preserving New Bern's architecture and way of life. With its Southern gentility intact, this river town maintains its appeal to tourists and newcomers alike. This section provides general information about New Bern, such as weather, demographics and history.

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Like any town surrounded by water, the weather in New Bern tends to be a little less predictable than more inland areas. Overall, New Bern is similar to other coastal towns in Southern North Carolina, boasting temperate climates and plenty of sunshine, they also enjoy seasonal changes. During the summer months, temperatures reach the 90s and mainly fluctuate between 60s at night and 80 to 90 on sunny days. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average maximum temperature of 89.9 degrees and a 63% humidity index. During the winter months, temperatures tend to be in the 40s but can fluctuate up or down by about 15 degrees. The coldest month is January, with an average minimum temperate of 35.8 degrees. 

It should be kept in mind that June 1 to November 30 are considered the Atlantic hurricane season, and the North Carolina coast can potentially lie in a storm’s path. For more information on safety procedures, visit the New Bern City  website or call the office. 

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