The best times to visit Houghton for ideal weather are

June 11th to September 9th

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



Other Houghton Travel Info

Weather in Houghton


Average temperatures in Houghton vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 32nd 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 Houghton, 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 77.9°F (25.5°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 56.1°F (13.4°C) at night.

Houghton Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Houghton 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.

Houghton Perceived Temperature (F)


Houghton Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Houghton 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 22.3 16.1 9.7
Feb 23.2 15.7 7.8
Mar 36.3 26.8 17.9
Apr 47 37.5 29.1
May 62.1 50.2 40
Jun 71 59.2 48.7
Jul 76.6 65.4 55.2
Aug 75.5 64.7 54.9
Sep 67.7 57 47.3
Oct 53.4 45.3 37.8
Nov 40.2 33.4 26.7
Dec 27.9 21.9 15.4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -5.4 -8.8 -12.4
Feb -4.9 -9.1 -13.4
Mar 2.4 -2.9 -7.8
Apr 8.3 3.1 -1.6
May 16.7 10.1 4.4
Jun 21.7 15.1 9.3
Jul 24.8 18.6 12.9
Aug 24.2 18.2 12.7
Sep 19.8 13.9 8.5
Oct 11.9 7.4 3.2
Nov 4.6 0.8 -2.9
Dec -2.3 -5.6 -9.2



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Houghton are January, March, and then December. 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 October with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of October 22nd.

When can you find snow in Houghton? 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 Houghton.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Houghton (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 9% 0 0.8
Mar 9% 0 0.8
Apr 13% 0 1.5
May 21% 0 2.6
Jun 22% 0 3.3
Jul 22% 0 3
Aug 17% 0 2.8
Sep 24% 0 3.7
Oct 24% 0 3.5
Nov 19% 0 2
Dec 9% 0 1.1

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 5 0 1.5
Feb 9 0 2
Mar 9 0 2
Apr 13 0 3.8
May 21 0 6.6
Jun 22 0 8.4
Jul 22 0 7.6
Aug 17 0 7.1
Sep 24 0 9.4
Oct 24 0 8.9
Nov 19 0 5.1
Dec 9 0 2.8


Humidity and Wind

Houghton has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (55.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.4%).

Wind in Houghton is usually moderate. The windiest month is February, followed by January and April. February’s average wind speed of around 9.6 knots (11 MPH or 17.8 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 February where average top sustained speeds reach 18.4 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 9.5 Gentle breeze 17.2 Strong breeze
Feb 9.6 Gentle breeze 17 Strong breeze
Mar 8.7 Gentle breeze 15.8 Strong breeze
Apr 9.1 Gentle breeze 16.1 Significant breeze
May 8.4 Gentle breeze 15.4 Strong breeze
Jun 7.3 Gentle breeze 14.2 Significant breeze
Jul 7.5 Gentle breeze 14.3 Strong breeze
Aug 7.5 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Sep 7.5 Gentle breeze 14.6 Strong breeze
Oct 8.6 Gentle breeze 15.6 Significant breeze
Nov 8.7 Gentle breeze 16 Strong breeze
Dec 8.6 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 69.6%
Feb 66%
Mar 61.5%
Apr 56.7%
May 55.6%
Jun 63.6%
Jul 64.3%
Aug 65.5%
Sep 69%
Oct 68.5%
Nov 67.7%
Dec 72.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Houghton?

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 Houghton, MI, US is March, followed by July and October. 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 Houghton 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 63.1 in December means 63.1% of the tourists vs. March.



Overall Houghton Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 67.9°F (19.9°C) and 23.7°F (-4.6°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 7 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 5 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Houghton, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 71.2°F (21.8°C) and 31.7°F (-0.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 8 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 Houghton to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 28.4°F (-2°C) and 19.4°F (-7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.


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