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.
Traverse City Travel Guide
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Weather in Traverse City
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)
Traverse City 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.
Traverse City Perceived Temperature (F)
Traverse City Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|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 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.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Traverse City (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
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.
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||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|
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
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.