The best times to visit Central North Dakota for ideal weather are

June 4th 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.



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Weather in Central North Dakota


Average temperatures in Central North Dakota vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 38th 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 Central North Dakota, the hottest months are August, July, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 84.7°F (29.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57°F (13.9°C) at night.

Central North Dakota Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Central North Dakota 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.

Central North Dakota Perceived Temperature (F)


Central North Dakota Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Central North Dakota 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 24.4 14.6 4.2
Feb 17.7 6.8 -2.5
Mar 34.1 21.7 11
Apr 49.7 35.7 24.1
May 67.9 53.9 41.6
Jun 77.7 64 50.6
Jul 80.1 66.4 54
Aug 80.7 66.6 53
Sep 75.8 58.9 44.7
Oct 56.9 43.1 31.6
Nov 38.2 25.9 16.7
Dec 27 17 7.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -4.2 -9.7 -15.4
Feb -7.9 -14 -19.2
Mar 1.2 -5.7 -11.7
Apr 9.8 2.1 -4.4
May 19.9 12.2 5.3
Jun 25.4 17.8 10.3
Jul 26.7 19.1 12.2
Aug 27.1 19.2 11.7
Sep 24.3 14.9 7.1
Oct 13.8 6.2 -0.2
Nov 3.4 -3.4 -8.5
Dec -2.8 -8.3 -13.6



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Central North Dakota are March, December, and then November. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January and early February with an average of 7 days of significant precipitation the week of January 29th.

When can you find snow in Central North Dakota? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Central North Dakota.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Central North Dakota (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 5% 0 0.6
Feb 7% 0 0.6
Mar 0% 0 0.2
Apr 5% 0 0.5
May 20% 0 4.2
Jun 29% 0 2.8
Jul 19% 0 2.1
Aug 16% 0 2.2
Sep 11% 0 1.6
Oct 14% 0 2.1
Nov 2% 0 0.3
Dec 0% 0 0.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 5 0 1.5
Feb 7 0 1.5
Mar 0 0 0.5
Apr 5 0 1.3
May 20 0 10.7
Jun 29 0 7.1
Jul 19 0 5.3
Aug 16 0 5.6
Sep 11 0 4.1
Oct 14 0 5.3
Nov 2 0 0.8
Dec 0 0 0.8


Humidity and Wind

Central North Dakota has some extremely humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (54.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (82.8%).

Wind in Central North Dakota is usually moderate. The windiest month is May, followed by February and April. May’s average wind speed of around 11.1 knots (12.8 MPH or 20.6 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid May where average top sustained speeds reach 21.4 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Central North Dakota.

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 10.3 Gentle breeze 17.5 Strong breeze
Feb 11 Significant breeze 18.3 Strong breeze
Mar 10.4 Gentle breeze 17.4 Strong breeze
Apr 11 Significant breeze 19.3 Strong breeze
May 11.1 Significant breeze 19.1 Strong breeze
Jun 8.1 Gentle breeze 16.4 Significant breeze
Jul 8.3 Gentle breeze 16.9 Strong breeze
Aug 7.3 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Sep 9.1 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze
Oct 10.6 Gentle breeze 18.6 Strong breeze
Nov 10.5 Gentle breeze 18 Strong breeze
Dec 8.5 Gentle breeze 15 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 77.7%
Feb 74.8%
Mar 71.7%
Apr 59.8%
May 54.5%
Jun 63.9%
Jul 67.9%
Aug 62.8%
Sep 59.7%
Oct 65.5%
Nov 74.2%
Dec 82.8%


Is it Safe to Travel to Central North Dakota?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 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 Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Central North Dakota, ND, US is August, followed by March and February. 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 Central North Dakota in June. 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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 55.6 in June means 55.6% of the tourists vs. August.



Overall Central North Dakota Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.8°F (24.3°C) and 4.1°F (-15.5°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 6 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 5 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Central North Dakota, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 80.2°F (26.8°C) and 25.6°F (-3.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 4 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 Central North Dakota to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.9°F (4.9°C) and 4.1°F (-15.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 0 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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