The best times to visit Rochester 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.

 

 


Other Rochester Travel Info

Weather in Rochester

Temperature

Average temperatures in Rochester 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 45th 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 Rochester, 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 85°F (29.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 64.7°F (18.2°C) at night.

Rochester Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Rochester 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.

Rochester Perceived Temperature (F)

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Rochester Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Rochester 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 28 18.4 9.9
Feb 27 17.3 9.4
Mar 44 33.8 25.2
Apr 56.5 45.1 36.4
May 71 58.9 48.9
Jun 79.7 68.6 59.2
Jul 82.9 72.3 62.3
Aug 80.8 70 60.3
Sep 76 63.5 52.9
Oct 60.2 49 39.6
Nov 44.3 34.5 26.1
Dec 33 25.5 18.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -2.2 -7.6 -12.3
Feb -2.8 -8.2 -12.6
Mar 6.7 1 -3.8
Apr 13.6 7.3 2.4
May 21.7 14.9 9.4
Jun 26.5 20.3 15.1
Jul 28.3 22.4 16.8
Aug 27.1 21.1 15.7
Sep 24.4 17.5 11.6
Oct 15.7 9.4 4.2
Nov 6.8 1.4 -3.3
Dec 0.6 -3.6 -7.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Rochester are January, 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 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 May with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of April 30th.

When can you find snow in Rochester? 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 Rochester.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Rochester (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 2% 0 0.2
Feb 4% 0 0.6
Mar 10% 0 0.9
Apr 25% 0 2.7
May 31% 0 5
Jun 27% 0 5.2
Jul 21% 0 2.7
Aug 16% 0 3.1
Sep 11% 0 1.4
Oct 12% 0 1.8
Nov 8% 0 0.8
Dec 10% 0 0.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 2 0 0.5
Feb 4 0 1.5
Mar 10 0 2.3
Apr 25 0 6.9
May 31 0 12.7
Jun 27 0 13.2
Jul 21 0 6.9
Aug 16 0 7.9
Sep 11 0 3.6
Oct 12 0 4.6
Nov 8 0 2
Dec 10 0 1.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Rochester has some very humid months, with other moderately humid months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is April (49.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (72.2%).

Wind in Rochester is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by November and April. January’s average wind speed of around 9.2 knots (10.6 MPH or 17 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 mid January where average top sustained speeds reach 19.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 17.8 Strong breeze
Feb 8.2 Gentle breeze 15.8 Significant breeze
Mar 8.5 Gentle breeze 16.6 Strong breeze
Apr 8.8 Gentle breeze 17.4 Strong breeze
May 7.7 Gentle breeze 15.9 Strong breeze
Jun 6.4 Light breeze 14.6 Significant breeze
Jul 6.3 Light breeze 13.8 Strong breeze
Aug 5.6 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Sep 6.5 Light breeze 13.8 Strong breeze
Oct 7.8 Gentle breeze 16 Significant breeze
Nov 9 Gentle breeze 16.6 Strong breeze
Dec 7.4 Gentle breeze 14.6 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 63%
Feb 58.8%
Mar 53.4%
Apr 49.2%
May 51.2%
Jun 53.9%
Jul 53.9%
Aug 59.6%
Sep 55.7%
Oct 55.4%
Nov 60.2%
Dec 72.2%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Rochester?

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 Rochester, MN, US 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 Rochester 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

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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 extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 54.2 in November means 54.2% of the tourists vs. April.

 

 

Overall Rochester Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 74.4°F (23.6°C) and 26.1°F (-3.3°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 3 to 10 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 moderate precipitation with 5 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Rochester, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 81.4°F (27.4°C) and 36.1°F (2.3°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 Rochester to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 35.3°F (1.8°C) and 25°F (-3.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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