The best times to visit Southeast Michigan for ideal weather are
May 14th to July 15th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Southeast Michigan Travel Guide
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Weather in Southeast Michigan
Average temperatures in Southeast Michigan vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a fair chance of precipitation about half of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 34th 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 Southeast Michigan, 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 84.4°F (29.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.8°F (17.7°C) at night.
Southeast Michigan Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Southeast Michigan 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.
Southeast Michigan Perceived Temperature (F)
Southeast Michigan Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Southeast Michigan 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 Southeast Michigan are February, January, and then December. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid January. For example, on the week of January 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late May to early June with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of May 28th.
When can you find snow in Southeast Michigan? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Southeast Michigan is often around around December 17th 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 Southeast Michigan.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Southeast Michigan (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
Southeast Michigan 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 (70.7%).
Wind in Southeast Michigan is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by February and January. April’s average wind speed of around 8.4 knots (9.7 MPH or 15.6 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 to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 16.1 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Southeast Michigan.
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||7.8||Gentle breeze||14.5||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.8||Gentle breeze||14.4||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.7||Gentle breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|Apr||8.4||Gentle breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|May||6.7||Light breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Jun||6.2||Light breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Jul||5.7||Light breeze||12.5||Significant breeze|
|Aug||5.4||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||5.4||Light breeze||11.7||Significant breeze|
|Oct||6.9||Light breeze||13.4||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.4||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.6||Gentle breeze||13.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Southeast Michigan?
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 Southeast Michigan is July, followed by August and June. 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 Southeast Michigan in December. 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 Southeast Michigan Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 77.4°F (25.2°C) and 32.1°F (0.1°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 6 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Southeast Michigan, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 78°F (25.6°C) and 40.8°F (4.9°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 5 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 Southeast Michigan to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 36.8°F (2.7°C) and 27.2°F (-2.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.
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