The best times to visit Minnesota 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 Minnesota Travel Info

Weather in Minnesota

Temperature

Average temperatures in Minnesota 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 57th 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 Minnesota, 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 82.2°F (27.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61.3°F (16.3°C) at night.

Minnesota Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Minnesota 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.

Minnesota Perceived Temperature (F)

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Minnesota Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Minnesota 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 21.3 11.9 3.4
Feb 23.9 13.8 4.8
Mar 40.2 29.8 21.2
Apr 54.4 42.8 33.3
May 68.2 55.8 45.2
Jun 76.4 65.2 55.3
Jul 81.4 70.3 60
Aug 79.2 67.8 57.6
Sep 72.1 59.9 49.8
Oct 57.5 46.9 38.3
Nov 41.7 32.6 25
Dec 25.1 17.2 9.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -5.9 -11.2 -15.9
Feb -4.5 -10.1 -15.1
Mar 4.6 -1.2 -6
Apr 12.4 6 0.7
May 20.1 13.2 7.3
Jun 24.7 18.4 12.9
Jul 27.4 21.3 15.6
Aug 26.2 19.9 14.2
Sep 22.3 15.5 9.9
Oct 14.2 8.3 3.5
Nov 5.4 0.3 -3.9
Dec -3.8 -8.2 -12.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Minnesota 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 mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid June with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of June 18th.

When can you find snow in Minnesota? Weather stations report very 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 Minnesota 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.

Chance of Precipitation

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

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Minnesota (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 1% 7.4 0.1
Feb 2% 10.5 0.2
Mar 3% 9.6 0.4
Apr 6% 4.2 0.8
May 9% 1.9 1.3
Jun 10% 0 1.6
Jul 6% 0 1.1
Aug 6% 0 1.1
Sep 5% 0 0.9
Oct 6% 1.3 0.8
Nov 3% 3.1 0.3
Dec 3% 5.4 0.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 1 18.8 0.3
Feb 2 26.7 0.5
Mar 3 24.4 1
Apr 6 10.7 2
May 9 4.8 3.3
Jun 10 0 4.1
Jul 6 0 2.8
Aug 6 0 2.8
Sep 5 0 2.3
Oct 6 3.3 2
Nov 3 7.9 0.8
Dec 3 13.7 0.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Minnesota has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (51.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.2%).

Wind in Minnesota is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and November. April’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.5 MPH or 15.3 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 May where average top sustained speeds reach 16.8 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 7.5 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Feb 7.2 Gentle breeze 14.1 Significant breeze
Mar 7.5 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Apr 8.2 Gentle breeze 15.9 Significant breeze
May 7.9 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
Jun 6.4 Light breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Jul 5.6 Light breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Aug 5.2 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Sep 6.1 Light breeze 13.2 Significant breeze
Oct 7 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Nov 7.6 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze
Dec 6.8 Light breeze 13.4 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.9%
Feb 63.7%
Mar 62.1%
Apr 51.8%
May 52.9%
Jun 60.4%
Jul 62.3%
Aug 65.7%
Sep 62.8%
Oct 61.8%
Nov 65%
Dec 72.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Minnesota?

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 Minnesota, United States is July, followed by August and June. 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 Minnesota 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 52.3 in November means 52.3% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall Minnesota Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 73.6°F (23.1°C) and 25.6°F (-3.6°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 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 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Minnesota, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 75.2°F (24°C) and 32°F (0°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 Minnesota to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 26°F (-3.3°C) and 20.1°F (-6.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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