The best times to visit Northwest Minnesota for ideal weather are

May 21st 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.

 

 


Other Northwest Minnesota Travel Info

Weather in Northwest Minnesota

Temperature

Average temperatures in Northwest Minnesota vary an incredible amount. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 42nd 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 Northwest Minnesota, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early July where highs are regularly around 80°F (26.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.5°F (14.7°C) at night.

Northwest Minnesota Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Northwest Minnesota Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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.

Northwest Minnesota Perceived Temperature (F)

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Northwest Minnesota Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Northwest 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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 15.4 6.3 -2.4
Feb 17.3 7.7 -0.8
Mar 34.8 24.9 16.8
Apr 51.5 40.3 31.1
May 65.5 53.4 43.2
Jun 74.3 63.5 54
Jul 79.4 68.3 58
Aug 78.2 66.2 55.8
Sep 70.2 57.9 47.8
Oct 54.7 44.7 36.8
Nov 36.9 28.4 21.3
Dec 18.9 11.4 4

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -9.2 -14.3 -19.1
Feb -8.2 -13.5 -18.2
Mar 1.6 -3.9 -8.4
Apr 10.8 4.6 -0.5
May 18.6 11.9 6.2
Jun 23.5 17.5 12.2
Jul 26.3 20.2 14.4
Aug 25.7 19 13.2
Sep 21.2 14.4 8.8
Oct 12.6 7.1 2.7
Nov 2.7 -2 -5.9
Dec -7.3 -11.4 -15.6

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Northwest Minnesota are January, November, and then February. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late January and early February. For example, on the week of January 29th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid May with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 7th.

When can you find snow in Northwest 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 Northwest Minnesota.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Northwest Minnesota (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 7% 0 0.6
Feb 7% 0 0.6
Mar 10% 0 1.1
Apr 12% 0 1.6
May 22% 0 3
Jun 22% 0 4.2
Jul 17% 0 3.6
Aug 14% 0 2.2
Sep 15% 0 2.6
Oct 14% 0 2.2
Nov 7% 0 0.8
Dec 8% 0 0.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 7 0 1.5
Feb 7 0 1.5
Mar 10 0 2.8
Apr 12 0 4.1
May 22 0 7.6
Jun 22 0 10.7
Jul 17 0 9.1
Aug 14 0 5.6
Sep 15 0 6.6
Oct 14 0 5.6
Nov 7 0 2
Dec 8 0 2.3

 

Humidity and Wind

Northwest Minnesota has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (50.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (71.7%).

Wind in Northwest Minnesota is usually moderate. The windiest month is May, followed by April and November. May’s average wind speed of around 9.7 knots (11.1 MPH or 17.9 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 May where average top sustained speeds reach 18.2 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Northwest Minnesota.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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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 9.2 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Feb 8.4 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Mar 9.1 Gentle breeze 16.3 Significant breeze
Apr 9.3 Gentle breeze 16.9 Significant breeze
May 9.7 Gentle breeze 17.8 Significant breeze
Jun 8 Gentle breeze 16.2 Significant breeze
Jul 7.2 Gentle breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Aug 6.9 Light breeze 14.5 Significant breeze
Sep 8.2 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
Oct 9 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Nov 9.2 Gentle breeze 16.2 Significant breeze
Dec 8.6 Gentle breeze 14.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 70%
Feb 68.5%
Mar 67.2%
Apr 50.4%
May 51.5%
Jun 60.8%
Jul 62.5%
Aug 62.8%
Sep 59.4%
Oct 59.7%
Nov 67.5%
Dec 71.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Northwest 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 Northwest Minnesota, the 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 Northwest Minnesota 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

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 55.6 in June means 55.6% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall Northwest Minnesota Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 71.6°F (22°C) and 20.5°F (-6.4°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 7 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 4 to 7 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Northwest Minnesota, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 73.3°F (22.9°C) and 25.9°F (-3.4°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 2 to 4 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 Northwest Minnesota to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 20.5°F (-6.4°C) and 12.4°F (-10.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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