The best times to visit Northern Kentucky for ideal weather are
April 23rd to June 17th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northern Kentucky Travel Guide
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Weather in Northern Kentucky
Average temperatures in Northern Kentucky 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 17th 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 Northern Kentucky, 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 88.5°F (31.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 65.7°F (18.7°C) at night.
Northern Kentucky Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northern Kentucky 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.
Northern Kentucky Perceived Temperature (F)
Northern Kentucky Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northern Kentucky 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 Northern Kentucky are September, August, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid August. For example, on the week of August 13th there is 1 day of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late April with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of April 23rd.
When can you find snow in Northern Kentucky? Weather stations report a good amount of seasonal snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Northern Kentucky 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 Northern Kentucky.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern Kentucky (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
Northern Kentucky has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (51.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (67.6%).
Wind in Northern Kentucky is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by March and April. January’s average wind speed of around 8.1 knots (9.3 MPH or 15 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 16.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northern Kentucky.
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||8.1||Gentle breeze||14.3||Significant breeze|
|Feb||8||Gentle breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Mar||8.1||Gentle breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Apr||8.1||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|May||6.2||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.8||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5||Light breeze||11.6||Significant breeze|
|Aug||4.7||Light breeze||10.6||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||5.3||Light breeze||10.8||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.4||Light breeze||12.3||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7||Gentle breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.7||Gentle breeze||13.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Kentucky?
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 Northern Kentucky, the United States is June, followed by February and July. 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 Northern Kentucky in October. 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 Northern Kentucky Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 84.2°F (29°C) and 49.3°F (9.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 8 to 9 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 quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Northern Kentucky, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 85.9°F (29.9°C) and 53°F (11.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 7 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 Northern Kentucky to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 49.3°F (9.6°C) and 40.8°F (4.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 7 to 10 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.