The best times to visit Montana for ideal weather are
June 18th to September 16th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Montana Travel Guide
Weather in Montana
Average temperatures in Montana vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for most of the year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 41st 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 Montana, 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 86.5°F (30.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 52.6°F (11.4°C) at night.
Montana Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Montana Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Montana Perceived Temperature (F)
Montana Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Montana 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Montana are February, January, 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 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 late May to early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in Montana? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around June, especially close to early to mid June. The best time to ski (if at all) in Montana is often around around June 11th 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Montana.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Montana (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Montana has some humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is August (35.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (60.3%).
Wind in Montana is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by April and March. January’s average wind speed of around 9.8 knots (11.2 MPH or 18.1 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 March where average top sustained speeds reach 19.8 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Montana.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||9.8||Gentle breeze||18.5||Strong breeze|
|Feb||8.8||Gentle breeze||17.1||Strong breeze|
|Mar||9.3||Gentle breeze||18.5||Strong breeze|
|Apr||9.3||Gentle breeze||18.5||Strong breeze|
|May||8.1||Gentle breeze||16.7||Strong breeze|
|Jun||7.6||Gentle breeze||16.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.3||Gentle breeze||16.3||Strong breeze|
|Aug||7.1||Gentle breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7.2||Gentle breeze||15.4||Strong breeze|
|Oct||8.3||Gentle breeze||16.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||9.2||Gentle breeze||17.8||Strong breeze|
|Dec||8.8||Gentle breeze||17.1||Strong breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Montana?
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 Montana, United States is July, followed by June and August. 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 Montana 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
Overall Montana Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 68.5°F (20.3°C) and 33.5°F (0.8°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 6 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 3 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Montana, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 74.6°F (23.7°C) and 38°F (3.3°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 3 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 Montana to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.2°F (4.6°C) and 28.8°F (-1.8°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.