The best times to visit Benton Harbor for ideal weather are

May 21st to September 30th

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

 

 


Other Benton Harbor Travel Info

Weather in Benton Harbor

Temperature

Average temperatures in Benton Harbor 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 28th 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 Benton Harbor, 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 83.5°F (28.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 62.5°F (16.9°C) at night.

Benton Harbor Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Benton Harbor Temperatures (Celsius)

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“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.

Benton Harbor Perceived Temperature (F)

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Benton Harbor Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Benton Harbor 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 32.6 25.5 18.5
Feb 32.4 25.2 18.2
Mar 46.8 36.9 28
Apr 58.9 47.1 37
May 71.3 59 47.7
Jun 78.4 67.6 56.9
Jul 81.6 71.3 60.8
Aug 80.2 69.9 59.4
Sep 74.3 63.1 52.7
Oct 62.9 52.6 43.1
Nov 50.2 41.4 33.3
Dec 38.6 32.1 25.9

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 0.3 -3.6 -7.5
Feb 0.2 -3.8 -7.7
Mar 8.2 2.7 -2.2
Apr 14.9 8.4 2.8
May 21.8 15 8.7
Jun 25.8 19.8 13.8
Jul 27.6 21.8 16
Aug 26.8 21.1 15.2
Sep 23.5 17.3 11.5
Oct 17.2 11.4 6.2
Nov 10.1 5.2 0.7
Dec 3.7 0.1 -3.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Benton Harbor 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 early to mid February. For example, on the week of February 12th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid October with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 15th.

When can you find snow in Benton Harbor? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Benton Harbor is often around around February 26th 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 Benton Harbor.

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Snow on the Ground

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

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 19% 5.1 2.3
Feb 17% 13.7 1.8
Mar 15% 8.3 1.8
Apr 27% 0 3.8
May 25% 0 3.2
Jun 25% 0 3.4
Jul 19% 0 3
Aug 23% 0 4
Sep 20% 0 3.6
Oct 33% 0 4.9
Nov 21% 2.1 2.6
Dec 22% 2.1 2.6

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 19 13 5.8
Feb 17 34.8 4.6
Mar 15 21.1 4.6
Apr 27 0 9.7
May 25 0 8.1
Jun 25 0 8.6
Jul 19 0 7.6
Aug 23 0 10.2
Sep 20 0 9.1
Oct 33 0 12.4
Nov 21 5.3 6.6
Dec 22 5.3 6.6

 

Humidity and Wind

Benton Harbor has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (56.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (70.4%).

Wind in Benton Harbor is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by December and February. January’s average wind speed of around 8.7 knots (10 MPH or 16 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 early January where average top sustained speeds reach 16.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Wind

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

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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 8.7 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
Feb 7.9 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Mar 7.2 Gentle breeze 13.4 Significant breeze
Apr 7.8 Gentle breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
May 6 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jun 5.2 Light breeze 11.8 Significant breeze
Jul 4.6 Light breeze 11.2 Significant breeze
Aug 4.3 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Sep 4.8 Light breeze 10.6 Significant breeze
Oct 6.7 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Nov 7.8 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Dec 8.2 Gentle breeze 14.5 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 67.7%
Feb 66.5%
Mar 60.1%
Apr 56.8%
May 60.3%
Jun 66.9%
Jul 66.2%
Aug 70.4%
Sep 68.9%
Oct 64.6%
Nov 62%
Dec 70.3%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Benton Harbor?

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 Benton Harbor, MI, US is July, followed by June and May. 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 Benton Harbor in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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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 47.4 in November means 47.4% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Benton Harbor Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.5°F (24.2°C) and 34.7°F (1.5°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 to 8 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second 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 moderate precipitation with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Benton Harbor, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 77°F (25°C) and 43.3°F (6.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 10 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Benton Harbor to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 39.6°F (4.2°C) and 30°F (-1.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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