The best times to visit South Bend for ideal weather are

April 30th 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.

 

 


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Weather in South Bend

Temperature

Average temperatures in South Bend 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 21st 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 South Bend, 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 86.6°F (30.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.7°F (17.6°C) at night.

South Bend Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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South Bend 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.

South Bend Perceived Temperature (F)

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South Bend Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average South Bend 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 32.8 24 15.7
Feb 33.3 24.5 15.8
Mar 50.4 38.2 27.8
Apr 63.4 49.5 37.5
May 75.1 61.9 49
Jun 82.8 70.4 58.9
Jul 85.2 73.3 61.5
Aug 83.5 71.4 60
Sep 77.5 64.6 53.1
Oct 65.4 52.9 42.4
Nov 51.2 40.8 31
Dec 39.1 31.1 23.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 0.4 -4.4 -9.1
Feb 0.7 -4.2 -9
Mar 10.2 3.4 -2.3
Apr 17.4 9.7 3.1
May 23.9 16.6 9.4
Jun 28.2 21.3 14.9
Jul 29.6 22.9 16.4
Aug 28.6 21.9 15.6
Sep 25.3 18.1 11.7
Oct 18.6 11.6 5.8
Nov 10.7 4.9 -0.6
Dec 3.9 -0.5 -4.7

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in South Bend are March, September, 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 early to mid March. For example, on the week of March 12th 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 South Bend? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around January, especially close to early to mid January. The best time to ski (if at all) in South Bend is often around around November 19th 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 South Bend.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in South Bend (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 24% 5.3 3
Feb 22% 5 2.5
Mar 18% 3.7 2.1
Apr 26% 1.7 3.9
May 26% 0 4.3
Jun 30% 0 4.8
Jul 22% 0 4
Aug 24% 0 4
Sep 19% 0 4.1
Oct 27% 1.2 3.9
Nov 23% 2.9 2.4
Dec 25% 2.1 2.8

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 24 13.5 7.6
Feb 22 12.7 6.4
Mar 18 9.4 5.3
Apr 26 4.3 9.9
May 26 0 10.9
Jun 30 0 12.2
Jul 22 0 10.2
Aug 24 0 10.2
Sep 19 0 10.4
Oct 27 3 9.9
Nov 23 7.4 6.1
Dec 25 5.3 7.1

 

Humidity and Wind

South Bend has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (50.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (69.4%).

Wind in South Bend is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by January and December. April’s average wind speed of around 9.2 knots (10.5 MPH or 16.9 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 late April where average top sustained speeds reach 17.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Feb 8.6 Gentle breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
Mar 8.4 Gentle breeze 15.5 Significant breeze
Apr 9.2 Gentle breeze 17.1 Strong breeze
May 7.5 Gentle breeze 15 Significant breeze
Jun 6.7 Light breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Jul 5.8 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Aug 5.4 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Sep 5.9 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Oct 7.5 Gentle breeze 14.3 Significant breeze
Nov 8.3 Gentle breeze 15 Significant breeze
Dec 8.6 Gentle breeze 15 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.3%
Feb 64%
Mar 54.9%
Apr 50.2%
May 53.2%
Jun 58.7%
Jul 58.9%
Aug 62.8%
Sep 61.8%
Oct 60%
Nov 60.9%
Dec 69.4%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to South Bend?

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 South Bend, IN, US is July, 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 South Bend 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 47.4 in November means 47.4% of the tourists vs. July.

 

 

Overall South Bend Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 80.1°F (26.7°C) and 36.7°F (2.6°C) with far warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 5 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 comfortable. These months see the most precipitation with 7 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in South Bend, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 81.1°F (27.3°C) and 43.9°F (6.6°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 6 to 8 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 South Bend to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 39.7°F (4.3°C) and 30.3°F (-0.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

 

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