Seasons in Michigan

The state has continental climate with high humidity. 11 000 lakes of Michigan state (over 40% of territory of the state) are influencing its weather. Southern regions are warmer with annual range of temperatures between 18-82 °F (-8 and 28 °C). Northern part is colder with 3-75 °F (-16 to 24 °C) of annual temperatures. Northern summer is shorter.

The state has frequent snow at winter, thunderstorms and even tornados at respective seasons. However there are lots of entertainments year round. At autumn opens hunting season, winter is time for ice fishing and skating or skiing while spring and summer are perfect for rafting, boating, hiking and similar activities.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Michigan

March starts with moderately cold weather due to high humidity. This parameter impacts weather year round. At first month of spring temperature may drop slightly below zero to about 27 °F (-3 °C) however at later month things are getting better. By May average high temperature reaches 68 °F (20 °C). Rains are rare and considerable amount of precipitation falls only at one or two days per month.

As for activities weather of early and mid-spring promotes indoor activities for actual warmth haven’t come and winter entertainments aren’t available. Late at May hiking and boating season opens thus there are more things to do.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: 42 °F (+6 °C)
Min average t°: 24 °F (-4 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 2.3" (58 mm)
April
Max average t°: 56 °F (+13.5 °C)
Min average t°: 35 °F (+2 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 3.0" (75 mm)
May
Max average t°: 69 °F (+20 °C)
Min average t°: 45 °F (+7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 2.8" (72 mm)

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Spring Holidays

3rd Monday in April – Patriot’s Day.

2nd Sunday in May – Mother’s Day.

Last Monday in May – Memorial Day.

Summer in Michigan

Summer in the state is the heist of tourist’s season. Weather is comfortable and any kind of precipitation is rare. At July average high temperature rises to 82 °F (28 °C). Abundance of slowly warming bodies of water soothes temperature thus exhausting heat almost never comes to the state. Precipitation frequency and levels are bit higher than they were at spring yet each month has 3 rainy days.

Summer is the time for numerous local festivities and lakeside recreation. Cool water of Lakes Huron, Superior and Michigan offers great conditions to spend time in coastal theme parks. Unless you have no prejudice to crowded places.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: 78 °F (+26 °C)
Min average t°: 55 °F (+13 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 3.5" (89 mm)
July
Max average t°: 82 °F (+28 °C)
Min average t°: 59 °F (+15 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 2.8" (71 mm)
August
Max average t°: 80 °F (+27 °C)
Min average t°: 57 °F (+14 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 3.3" (84 mm)

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Summer Holidays

3rd Sunday in June – Father’s Day.

July 4 – Independence Day.

Autumn in Michigan

September is rather warm. This is good time to visit the state with average highs at 72 °F (22 °C). Exceptional beauty of local nature unfolds in most wonderful ways. At October temperature drops to about 59 °F (15 °C) and November is even cooler with about 46 °F (8 °C). Given temperatures may feel chilly due to mentioned humidity and significant winds.

Mid-fall is kind of transitional period when summertime activities aren’t available and weather conditions aren’t suitable for winter kinds of entertainment. On the other hand autumn is hunting season so having interest and needed permissions one may have great time in Michigan.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: 73 °F (+22.5 °C)
Min average t°: 50 °F (+10 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 3.4" (87 mm)
October
Max average t°: 60 °F (+16 °C)
Min average t°: 39 °F (+4 °C)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Rainy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 2.3" (59 mm)
November
Max average t°: 46 °F (+8 °C)
Min average t°: 30 °F (-1 °C)
Sundial in the day: 3 hours
Rainy days: 12 days
Precipitation: 2.6" (66 mm)

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Autumn Holidays

1st Monday in September – Labor Day.

November 10 – Veterans Day.

4th Thursday in November – Thanksgiving.

Winter in Michigan

Winter weather isn’t enjoyable for those preferring warm journeys. Average temperatures drop to about 27 °F (-3 °C). Humid air often feels colder than it may seem judging by thermometer. However lovers of winter types of recreation find lots of activities. Skiing and skating on frozen lakes, ice fishing and other winter sports are available in Michigan.

In general winter is mild due to impact of slow cooling lakes. However this circumstance doesn’t prevent significant snowfalls. Anyway there are always things to do in Michigan. Travelers only should pick most suitable time for desirable activities.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: 33 °F (+1 °C)
Min average t°: 19 °F (-7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 2.5 hours
Snowy days: 11 days
Precipitation: 2.2" (55 mm)
January
Max average t°: 29 °F (-2 °C)
Min average t°: 13 °F (-10 °C)
Sundial in the day: 4 hours
Snowy days: 12.5 days
Precipitation: 1.5" (38 mm)
February
Max average t°: 32 °F ( 0 °C)
Min average t°: 14 °F (-10 °C)
Sundial in the day: 5 hours
Snowy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 1.4" (35 mm)

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Winter Holidays

December 25 – Christmas.

January 2 – New Year’s Holiday.

3rd Monday in January – Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

3rd Monday in February – President’s Day.


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