The best times to visit Milwaukee for ideal weather are

May 14th 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 Milwaukee

Temperature

Average temperatures in Milwaukee 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 29th 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 Milwaukee, 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 84.7°F (29.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.8°F (18.2°C) at night.

Milwaukee Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Milwaukee 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.

Milwaukee Perceived Temperature (F)

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Milwaukee Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Milwaukee 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 31.4 22.3 13.9
Feb 31.9 23.2 15.1
Mar 46.1 35.8 26.8
Apr 57.2 45.4 36.3
May 69.8 57.1 46.3
Jun 78.4 66.5 56.3
Jul 83.3 72.7 62.7
Aug 81.9 71.4 62.3
Sep 74.9 64.1 54.4
Oct 62.9 52.7 43.6
Nov 50 40.2 31.3
Dec 37.2 29 21.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -0.3 -5.4 -10.1
Feb -0.1 -4.9 -9.4
Mar 7.8 2.1 -2.9
Apr 14 7.4 2.4
May 21 13.9 7.9
Jun 25.8 19.2 13.5
Jul 28.5 22.6 17.1
Aug 27.7 21.9 16.8
Sep 23.8 17.8 12.4
Oct 17.2 11.5 6.4
Nov 10 4.6 -0.4
Dec 2.9 -1.7 -5.9


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Milwaukee are January, November, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.

When can you find snow in Milwaukee? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Milwaukee 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.

Chanceof Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Milwaukee (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 14% 4.2 1.4
Feb 17% 6.3 1.9
Mar 18% 4.4 2.2
Apr 24% 1.8 4.7
May 21% 0 3.5
Jun 26% 0 5.4
Jul 19% 0 3.5
Aug 18% 0 3.3
Sep 19% 0 2.6
Oct 21% 0 2.8
Nov 15% 1.6 2.2
Dec 22% 3.8 2.8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 14 10.7 3.6
Feb 17 16 4.8
Mar 18 11.2 5.6
Apr 24 4.6 11.9
May 21 0 8.9
Jun 26 0 13.7
Jul 19 0 8.9
Aug 18 0 8.4
Sep 19 0 6.6
Oct 21 0 7.1
Nov 15 4.1 5.6
Dec 22 9.7 7.1

 

Humidity and Wind

Milwaukee has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (54.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (65.7%).

Wind in Milwaukee is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by January and February. April’s average wind speed of around 9.4 knots (10.8 MPH or 17.4 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 April where average top sustained speeds reach 17.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 8.9 Gentle breeze 15.1 Significant breeze
Feb 8.9 Gentle breeze 15.2 Significant breeze
Mar 8.7 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Apr 9.4 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
May 8.4 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze
Jun 7.2 Gentle breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Jul 7 Gentle breeze 13.6 Significant breeze
Aug 6.5 Light breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
Sep 7.1 Gentle breeze 13.5 Significant breeze
Oct 8.1 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Nov 8.6 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Dec 8.6 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 58.3%
Feb 56.9%
Mar 56.1%
Apr 54.6%
May 55.4%
Jun 60.5%
Jul 58.1%
Aug 62.2%
Sep 62.2%
Oct 58.9%
Nov 58%
Dec 65.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Milwaukee?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Milwaukee, WI, 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 Milwaukee 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 very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 38.2 in November means 38.2% of the tourists vs. July.


Overall Milwaukee Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 75.1°F (23.9°C) and 33°F (0.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 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 very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Milwaukee, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 78.6°F (25.9°C) and 42.2°F (5.7°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 to 6 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 Milwaukee to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 38.1°F (3.4°C) and 29.1°F (-1.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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