The best times to visit Traverse City for ideal weather are

May 21st 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 Traverse City

Temperature

Average temperatures in Traverse City 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 Traverse City, 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 82.9°F (28.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.8°F (16°C) at night.

Traverse City Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Traverse City 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.

Traverse City Perceived Temperature (F)

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Traverse City Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Traverse City 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 29.1 22.5 15.9
Feb 29.2 21.6 14.1
Mar 42.6 32.3 23.1
Apr 54.8 43.1 33.2
May 69 55.9 44.3
Jun 77.1 65.1 54.3
Jul 81.8 70.3 59.3
Aug 80.3 69.3 59.2
Sep 72.9 61.7 52
Oct 59.9 50.3 42
Nov 46.9 39 32.3
Dec 34.7 28.9 23.2

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan -1.6 -5.3 -8.9
Feb -1.6 -5.8 -9.9
Mar 5.9 0.2 -4.9
Apr 12.7 6.2 0.7
May 20.6 13.3 6.8
Jun 25.1 18.4 12.4
Jul 27.7 21.3 15.2
Aug 26.8 20.7 15.1
Sep 22.7 16.5 11.1
Oct 15.5 10.2 5.6
Nov 8.3 3.9 0.2
Dec 1.5 -1.7 -4.9

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Traverse City are February, March, and then January. 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. For example, on the week of January 22nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late October with an average of 3 days of significant precipitation the week of October 22nd.

When can you find snow in Traverse City? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid February. The best time to ski (if at all) in Traverse City is often around around February 12th 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 Traverse City.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Traverse City (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 13% 7 1.3
Feb 8% 8.9 0.8
Mar 11% 5.9 1.4
Apr 22% 2.9 3.2
May 20% 0 2.8
Jun 21% 0 3.3
Jul 17% 0 2.2
Aug 20% 0 2.7
Sep 23% 0 3.4
Oct 27% 0 3.5
Nov 20% 4.6 2.5
Dec 18% 6.3 1.9

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 13 17.8 3.3
Feb 8 22.6 2
Mar 11 15 3.6
Apr 22 7.4 8.1
May 20 0 7.1
Jun 21 0 8.4
Jul 17 0 5.6
Aug 20 0 6.9
Sep 23 0 8.6
Oct 27 0 8.9
Nov 20 11.7 6.4
Dec 18 16 4.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Traverse City has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (52.2% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (69.1%).

Wind in Traverse City is usually calm. The windiest month is February, followed by January and April. February’s average wind speed of around 6.3 knots (7.3 MPH or 11.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early April where average top sustained speeds reach 13.6 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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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 6.3 Light breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Feb 6.3 Light breeze 12.9 Significant breeze
Mar 5.7 Light breeze 12.1 Significant breeze
Apr 6.2 Light breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
May 5.2 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Jun 4.5 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Jul 4.5 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Aug 4.4 Light breeze 11 Significant breeze
Sep 4.4 Light breeze 10.6 Significant breeze
Oct 5.2 Light breeze 11.5 Significant breeze
Nov 5.9 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Dec 5.9 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 66.2%
Feb 62.6%
Mar 54.2%
Apr 52.2%
May 52.4%
Jun 58.9%
Jul 57.3%
Aug 59.6%
Sep 63%
Oct 63.9%
Nov 62.7%
Dec 69.1%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Traverse City?

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 Traverse City, MI, US is February, followed by August 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 Traverse City 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

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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 57.8 in December means 57.8% of the tourists vs. February.

 

 

Overall Traverse City Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 74.8°F (23.8°C) and 29.6°F (-1.3°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 moderate precipitation with 5 to 6 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Traverse City, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 76.3°F (24.6°C) and 38.3°F (3.5°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 fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Traverse City to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 35.8°F (2.1°C) and 26.5°F (-3.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 5 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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