The best times to visit Northeast Minnesota for ideal weather are
May 28th to September 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northeast Minnesota Travel Guide
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Weather in Northeast Minnesota
Average temperatures in Northeast 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 51st 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 Northeast 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 80.1°F (26.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 55.3°F (12.9°C) at night.
Northeast Minnesota Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northeast Minnesota 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.
Northeast Minnesota Perceived Temperature (F)
Northeast Minnesota Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northeast 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.
|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 Northeast Minnesota are January, February, and then March. 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 early April with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of April 2nd.
When can you find snow in Northeast Minnesota? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Northeast Minnesota.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northeast Minnesota (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
Northeast Minnesota has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (48.5% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (71.1%).
Wind in Northeast Minnesota is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and November. April’s average wind speed of around 6 knots (7 MPH or 11.2 KPH) is considered “a light 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 14.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northeast Minnesota.
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||5.4||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||5.3||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.6||Light breeze||12.7||Significant breeze|
|Apr||6||Light breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|May||5.8||Light breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Jun||4.9||Light breeze||12.8||Significant breeze|
|Jul||4.8||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.5||Light breeze||12.2||Significant breeze|
|Sep||4.9||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Oct||5.5||Light breeze||12.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||5.7||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Dec||4.9||Light breeze||10.8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northeast 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 Northeast Minnesota, the United States is April, 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 Northeast 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
Overall Northeast Minnesota Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 70.8°F (21.6°C) and 25.9°F (-3.4°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 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 comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Northeast Minnesota, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 71.5°F (21.9°C) and 28°F (-2.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 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 Northeast Minnesota to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 25.9°F (-3.4°C) and 18.3°F (-7.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.