The best times to visit Iowa for ideal weather are

April 30th to July 8th

or

August 6th 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 Iowa Travel Info

Weather in Iowa

Temperature

Average temperatures in Iowa vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 54th 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 Iowa, 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 86.6°F (30.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.4°F (18.6°C) at night.

Iowa Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Iowa 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.

Iowa Perceived Temperature (F)

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Iowa Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Iowa 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

MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
Jan30.320.412.1
Feb31.521.914
Mar49.538.229.6
Apr62.649.839.5
May7461.951.4
Jun8271.161.4
Jul85.274.364.2
Aug83.17262.1
Sep77.164.253.4
Oct64.35241.9
Nov49.738.729.9
Dec34.225.718.2

Show Celsius

MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
Jan-0.9-6.4-11.1
Feb-0.3-5.6-10
Mar9.73.4-1.3
Apr179.94.2
May23.316.610.8
Jun27.821.716.3
Jul29.623.517.9
Aug28.422.216.7
Sep25.117.911.9
Oct17.911.15.5
Nov9.83.7-1.2
Dec1.2-3.5-7.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Iowa are January, February, 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 May with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of May 21st.

When can you find snow in Iowa? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to late February and early March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Iowa is often around around January 15th 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 Iowa.

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Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

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Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
Jan2%5.10.2
Feb4%7.10.4
Mar5%5.60.6
Apr10%2.21.7
May11%01.9
Jun12%02.4
Jul7%01.5
Aug8%01.6
Sep7%01.1
Oct6%01.1
Nov5%2.30.6
Dec5%4.80.7

Show Centimeters

MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan2130.5
Feb4181
Mar514.21.5
Apr105.64.3
May1104.8
Jun1206.1
Jul703.8
Aug804.1
Sep702.8
Oct602.8
Nov55.81.5
Dec512.21.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Iowa has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (53.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.4%).

Wind in Iowa is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by March and May. April’s average wind speed of around 9.8 knots (11.3 MPH or 18.2 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 to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 18.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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Avg. Relative Humidity

Wind

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

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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.

MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
Jan8.9Gentle breeze16.6Significant breeze
Feb8.8Gentle breeze15.9Significant breeze
Mar9Gentle breeze16.4Significant breeze
Apr9.8Gentle breeze18.2Strong breeze
May8.9Gentle breeze17.3Significant breeze
Jun7.2Gentle breeze15.5Significant breeze
Jul5.5Light breeze12.5Significant breeze
Aug5.1Light breeze11.7Significant breeze
Sep6Light breeze12.8Significant breeze
Oct7.5Gentle breeze14.8Significant breeze
Nov8.9Gentle breeze16.3Significant breeze
Dec8.3Gentle breeze15.3Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
Jan65.9%
Feb66.3%
Mar62.3%
Apr53.8%
May55.6%
Jun62.5%
Jul64.9%
Aug68.2%
Sep62.2%
Oct57.2%
Nov60.9%
Dec72.4%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Iowa?

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 Iowa, United States is June, followed by May 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 Iowa 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 48.4 in November means 48.4% of the tourists vs. June.

 

 

Overall Iowa Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 78.6°F (25.9°C) and 33.3°F (0.7°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 3 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 the most precipitation with 2 to 4 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Iowa, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 80°F (26.7°C) and 41.6°F (5.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 2 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 Iowa to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 35.1°F (1.7°C) and 29.3°F (-1.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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