The best times to visit Alpena for ideal weather are

May 21st to September 23rd

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other Alpena Travel Info

Weather in Alpena


Average temperatures in Alpena vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a chance of rain or snow throughout most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 26th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Alpena, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid July where highs are regularly around 83.3°F (28.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 55.8°F (13.2°C) at night.

Alpena Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Alpena Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Alpena Perceived Temperature (F)


Alpena Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Alpena Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 29.1 19.6 10.1
Feb 29.4 19.1 9.1
Mar 41.7 29.6 18.4
Apr 54.8 41.4 29.3
May 69.1 54.3 40.4
Jun 77.1 63 49.6
Jul 82.1 68.2 54.6
Aug 80.5 66.6 53.9
Sep 73.1 59 46.6
Oct 59.6 47.9 37.7
Nov 46.8 36.9 27.7
Dec 34.4 26.6 18.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -1.6 -6.9 -12.2
Feb -1.4 -7.2 -12.7
Mar 5.4 -1.3 -7.6
Apr 12.7 5.2 -1.5
May 20.6 12.4 4.7
Jun 25.1 17.2 9.8
Jul 27.8 20.1 12.6
Aug 26.9 19.2 12.2
Sep 22.8 15 8.1
Oct 15.3 8.8 3.2
Nov 8.2 2.7 -2.4
Dec 1.3 -3 -7.4



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Alpena are March, February, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May to early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.

When can you find snow in Alpena? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Alpena is often around around February 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Alpena.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Alpena (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 14% 7.9 1.7
Feb 14% 10 1.2
Mar 14% 9 1.5
Apr 23% 2.3 3.7
May 24% 0 3
Jun 24% 0 3.7
Jul 20% 0 3.5
Aug 22% 0 3.1
Sep 23% 0 3.1
Oct 24% 0 3.3
Nov 16% 3.2 1.7
Dec 19% 7.7 2.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 20.1 4.3
Feb 14 25.4 3
Mar 14 22.9 3.8
Apr 23 5.8 9.4
May 24 0 7.6
Jun 24 0 9.4
Jul 20 0 8.9
Aug 22 0 7.9
Sep 23 0 7.9
Oct 24 0 8.4
Nov 16 8.1 4.3
Dec 19 19.6 5.6


Humidity and Wind

Alpena has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (53.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (71.8%).

Wind in Alpena is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by February and March. April’s average wind speed of around 7.4 knots (8.5 MPH or 13.7 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late April where average top sustained speeds reach 15.2 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Alpena.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.5 Light breeze 13 Significant breeze
Feb 6.9 Light breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Mar 6.8 Light breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Apr 7.4 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
May 6.5 Light breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Jun 5.2 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Jul 4.9 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Aug 4.9 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Sep 5 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Oct 5.9 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Nov 6.4 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Dec 6.6 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 67.6%
Feb 61.9%
Mar 56%
Apr 53.4%
May 54.1%
Jun 61.7%
Jul 61.6%
Aug 65.8%
Sep 68.3%
Oct 68.9%
Nov 68.2%
Dec 71.8%


Is it Safe to Travel to Alpena?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Alpena, MI, US is February, followed by August and March. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Alpena in December. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 57.8 in December means 57.8% of the tourists vs. February.



Overall Alpena Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.7°F (24.3°C) and 29.1°F (-1.6°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 7 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Alpena, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 76.6°F (24.8°C) and 39.1°F (3.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 7 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Alpena to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 35.2°F (1.8°C) and 26.1°F (-3.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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