The best times to visit Northern Plains for ideal weather are
November 26th to April 29th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Northern Plains Travel Guide
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Weather in Northern Plains
Average temperatures in Northern Plains vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 15th 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 Plains, the hottest months are April, March, and then February. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid April where highs are regularly around 97.1°F (36.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.8°F (22.1°C) at night.
Northern Plains Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Northern Plains 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 Plains Perceived Temperature (F)
Northern Plains Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Northern Plains 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 Plains 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 mid to late September with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of September 17th.
When can you find snow in Northern Plains? 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 Northern Plains.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northern Plains (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 Plains has some very humid months, and slightly dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is March (36.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is October (75.3%).
Wind in Northern Plains is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by March and February. January’s average wind speed of around 12.7 knots (14.6 MPH or 23.5 KPH) is considered “a moderate breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early March where average top sustained speeds reach 19.9 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northern Plains.
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||12.7||Significant breeze||18.6||Strong breeze|
|Feb||12.3||Significant breeze||18.6||Strong breeze|
|Mar||12.6||Significant breeze||19||Strong breeze|
|Apr||9.4||Gentle breeze||15.6||Significant breeze|
|May||7.1||Gentle breeze||13.7||Strong breeze|
|Jun||5.8||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Jul||7.3||Gentle breeze||13.3||Strong breeze|
|Aug||5.9||Light breeze||12||Significant breeze|
|Sep||4.7||Light breeze||10.5||Strong breeze|
|Oct||4.6||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||5.9||Light breeze||11.4||Strong breeze|
|Dec||8.8||Gentle breeze||15||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Northern Plains?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings for Costa Rica; exercise a high degree of caution. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Aug 22, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Northern Plains, Costa Rica is January, followed by February and March. 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 Plains in September. 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 Plains Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 97.1°F (36.2°C) and 89.6°F (32°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 0 to 8 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 9 to 11 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Northern Plains, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 90.2°F (32.3°C) and 86.3°F (30.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a good amount: 5 to 15 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 perfect this time of year in Northern Plains to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 94.6°F (34.8°C) and 90.5°F (32.5°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.