Monthly weather forecast and climate
Detroit, MI

The downtown city of Detroit, Michigan viewed from a bird
The downtown city of Detroit, Michigan viewed from a bird's eye angle
Detroit, the largest and most populated city in Michigan State, has a humid continental climate classified as Dfa under the Köppen climatic classification. Serving as the seat of Wayne County, Detroit lies on the Detroit River, and Lake Michigan primarily influences its climate. Cold winters with moderate snowfall and hot, sunny summers characterize Detroit's weather.

Summer in Detroit is mildly hot with moderately high humidity. The temperatures average the range of 50°F (10°C) and 82.4°F (28°C), and the peak of the season experiences sweltering temperatures up to 93.2°F (34°C). Most days remain sunny with an average of nine hours of sunshine per day, and the humidity soars to an average of 68% throughout the season. While precipitation is evenly distributed throughout the year, summer receives moderately higher precipitation compared to the other seasons. May remains the rainiest month with relatively high precipitation of 3.9" (99.1mm).

Winter in Detroit lasts from December to February and is characterized by freezing weather and high humidity of 75%. Temperatures remain low in the range of 19.4°F (-7°C), and 37.4°F (3°C) and snowfall are experienced for an average of nine days each month. The nights are cold, and the temperatures often drop below 10.4°F (-12°C). The drop in temperatures is caused by strong, cold winds that blow across the lake, making the temperatures at night feel freezing and bitingly cold. During the day, however, the lake warms up and causes the weather to feel warmer than registered.
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The best time to visit Detroit is during the spring and autumn seasons from mid-March to May and October to mid-November. The weather in these seasons is tolerable and pleasant with the absence of the winter chill and summer scorch.
Spring weather is lovely for outdoor activities and brings lovely surroundings to Detroit. The blossoming of flowers makes the parks beautiful and offers an excellent period to picnic and stroll in them. The sun is mildly hot, and the air crisp and fresh hence basking in spring feels great.
Autumn, albeit short, comes with mildly warm weather and sinks Detroit in magnificent beauty from the fall. Crowds frequent the parks and sight-seeing spots to witness the striking beauty that engulfs the entire Detroit.
Both seasons receive moderate rainfall, and consequently, these are the best periods to tour the historical monuments and partake of the cultural festivals of Detroit.

Winter is not the best period to visit Detroit. Not only are the temperatures extremely freezing, but the cold winter winds also make the evenings almost intolerable.
Daytime temperatures remain low in the range of 23°F (-5°C) and 37.4°F (3°C) and drop further at night to read below 10.4°F (-12°C) on the coldest days.
Snowfall is experienced on most of the days during the season, making the weather even colder. Snowstorms are not rare and are accompanied by rainfall making driving in Detroit almost impossible.
With wet, snowy, and chilly days, most activities in Detroit revert to indoors. Warm winter coats, gloves, and boots are essential for anytime outside. However, skiing and snow skating in Michigan ski resorts remain an excellent option for the lovers of cold.

Detroit remains the safest city from any weather-related hazards. Though, its placement near the water bodies makes it susceptible to foggy weather. Early mornings experience reduced visibility that clears up as the days progress.

January is the peak of winter in Detroit and has a moderately high humidity of 75%. The weather is characterized by extremely low temperatures in the range of 17.6°F (-8°C) and 33.8°F (1°C). Weather in January »

There is a very slight rise in temperatures in February to the range of 19.4°F (-7°C) and 37.4°F (3°C). Detroit remains cold and icy with approximately nine days of a snowfall. Weather in February »

Gradually, the weather changes to become mildly cold and tolerable with a humidity of 70.3%, and temperatures in the range of 28.4°F (-2°C) and 46.4°F (8°C). Weather in March »

April weather is lovely and more tolerable with temperatures in the range of 39.2°F (4°C) and 55.4°F (13°C). The nights remain cold, but temperatures rarely drop below the freezing point. Weather in April »

May experiences one of the most enjoyable weather of the year with temperatures in the pleasant range of 51.8°F (11°C) and 68°F (20°C). Weather in May »

June in Detroit is a lovely month with great weather and warm, pleasant temperatures in the range of 59°F (15°C) and 77°F (25°C). Weather in June »

July is the peak of summer with the warmest weather recorded during the year. The average temperatures lie in the range of 68°F (20°C) and 82.4°F (28°C), with occasional hotter days recording up to 93.2°F (34°C). Weather in July »

August temperatures drop slightly to the warm range of 62.6°F (17°C) and 80.6°F (27°C), making most days quite warm and pleasant. Weather in August »

September is a transitional month into autumn, and its first few days remain summer warm and pleasant. Weather in September »

October in Detroit is characterized by a drop in temperatures to the range of 42.8°F (6°C) and 59°F (15°C), with nights turning mildly colder. Towards the end of October, a snowfall is experienced to the tune of 0.1" (2.5mm) of accumulation. Weather in October »

November becomes mildly cold as the temperatures drop further to a low range of 33.8°F (1°C) and 46.4°F (8°C). At night, the temperatures drop below the freezing point, causing frost and snowfall. Weather in November »

December brings winter to Detroit with extremely low temperatures in the range of 23°F (-5°C) and 35.6°F (2°C). The nights are extremely cold, with temperatures dropping to 17.6°F (-8°C) and below. Weather in December »

What is the coldest month in Detroit?

January is the coldest month, with an average high-temperature of 32°F (0°C) and an average low-temperature of 19°F (-7.2°C).

How many days does it rain in Detroit?

Throughout the year, there are 134.5 rainfall days, and 33.5" (850.3mm) of precipitation is accumulated.

What is the driest month in Detroit?

January is the month with the least rainfall in Detroit, Michigan. Rain falls for 13.1 days and accumulates 2" (49.8mm) of precipitation.

When does it snow in Detroit?

January through April, October through December are months with snowfall in Detroit, Michigan.

How much does it snow in Detroit?

Throughout the year, in Detroit, Michigan, there are 36.7 snowfall days, and 42.5" (1079.5mm) of snow is accumulated.

What is the snowiest month in Detroit?

January is the month with the most snowfall in Detroit, Michigan. Snow falls for 10.4 days and accumulates 12.5" (317.5mm) of snow.

What is the wettest month in Detroit?

The month with the most rainfall is June when the rain falls for 10.2 days and typically aggregates up to 3.5" (89.4mm) of precipitation.

What is the warmest month in Detroit?

With an average high-temperature of 83.5°F (28.6°C) and an average low-temperature of 63.9°F (17.7°C), July is the warmest month.
Average humidity - Detroit, MI
Average rainfall - Detroit, MI

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is June (89.4mm).
The driest month (with the lowest rainfall) is January (49.8mm).

Average rainfall days - Detroit, MI

The month with the highest number of rainy days is December (13.7 days).
The month with the lowest number of rainy days is September (9.5 days).

Average snowfall - Detroit, MI

The month with the highest snowfall is January (317.5mm).
Months with the lowest snowfall are May, June, July, August and September (0mm).

Average snowfall days - Detroit, MI

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is January (10.4 days).
Months with the lowest number of snowfall days are May, June, July, August and September (0 days).

Average sea temperature - Detroit, MI

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (24.1°C).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (0.4°C).

Average daylight / Average sunshine - Detroit, MI