The best times to visit North Dakota 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.
North Dakota Travel Guide
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Weather in North Dakota
Average temperatures in North Dakota 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 49th 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 North Dakota, 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 83.5°F (28.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.3°F (14.6°C) at night.
North Dakota Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
North Dakota 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.
North Dakota Perceived Temperature (F)
North Dakota Perceived Temperature (C)
Average North Dakota 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 North Dakota are December, 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 November. For example, on the week of November 12th 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 1 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in North Dakota? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to late March. The best time to ski (if at all) in North Dakota is often around around March 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 North Dakota.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in North Dakota (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
North Dakota has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is May (55.1% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (75.5%).
Wind in North Dakota is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by April and May. January’s average wind speed of around 10.9 knots (12.6 MPH or 20.2 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 19.8 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in North Dakota.
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||10.9||Gentle breeze||19.2||Strong breeze|
|Feb||9.6||Gentle breeze||17.2||Strong breeze|
|Mar||9.9||Gentle breeze||17.7||Strong breeze|
|Apr||10.6||Gentle breeze||18.9||Strong breeze|
|May||10.4||Gentle breeze||18.8||Strong breeze|
|Jun||8.7||Gentle breeze||17.1||Strong breeze|
|Jul||7.7||Gentle breeze||15.6||Strong breeze|
|Aug||7.3||Gentle breeze||14.5||Significant breeze|
|Sep||8.5||Gentle breeze||16.3||Strong breeze|
|Oct||9.7||Gentle breeze||17.5||Strong breeze|
|Nov||9.9||Gentle breeze||17.5||Strong breeze|
|Dec||9||Gentle breeze||16||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to North Dakota?
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 North Dakota, United States is August, followed by March 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 North Dakota in June. 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 North Dakota Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 71.1°F (21.7°C) and 20.9°F (-6.2°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the 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 second busiest season for tourism in North Dakota, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.2°F (25.1°C) and 28.9°F (-1.7°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 North Dakota to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 27.9°F (-2.3°C) and 19.3°F (-7.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: consistently 1 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.