Detroit, MI Climate


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Detroit, MI has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summers are typically hot and humid, with temperatures often reaching into the mid-80s (Fahrenheit) and high humidity levels. Winters are cold and snowy, with temperatures often dipping below freezing and an average of 40 inches of snow annually. Spring is mild and wet, while fall brings cooler temperatures with some rain and occasional snowfall. Detroit experiences frequent thunderstorms in the summer months, especially from June to August.

Detroit, Michigan gets 34 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Detroit averages 33 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 183 sunny days per year in Detroit. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Detroit gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 125 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 19
Rain: averages 34 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 33 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Detroit is 6.9 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Michigan.

9.2 Summer - 4.6 Winter
June, August and September are the most pleasant months in Detroit, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateDetroit, MichiganUnited States
  33.5 in.38.1 in.
  33.0 in.27.8 in.
  125.2 days106.2 days
  183 days205 days
  597 ft.2443 ft.

Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Detroit with an average high temperature of 83.5°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in Michigan. In Detroit, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Detroit are June, August and September.
In Detroit, there are 9.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Michigan.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Detroit with an average of 18.5°. This is one of the warmest places in Michigan.
In Detroit, there are 126.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Michigan.
In Detroit, there are 2.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in Michigan.
Humidity in Detroit is generally low and comfortable. But there some days when the humidity becomes unpleasant, especially in July and August. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are July, August and June.
June is the wettest month in Detroit with 3.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 1.8 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 18% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 33.5 inches in Detroit means that it is about average compared to other places in Michigan.
December is the rainiest month in Detroit with 12.1 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. There are 125.2 rainy days annually in Detroit, which is less rainy than most places in Michigan. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 26% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 33.0 inches in Detroit means that it is one of the least snowy places in Michigan. January is the snowiest month in Detroit with 10.2 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Have lived in the area for over a year (suburb of Grosse Pointe), but I work in downtown Detroit. I'm amazed at how cool this city is. So much to do and see, tat we  More

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Spent some time in the city but lived in multiple suburban areas in the metro area. I lived in Farmington Hills, Novi, Birmingham, and Rochester. Really, all were great.  More

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Cold, unfriendly, envious people within the city limits. The unfriendliness can turn into aggression and sometimes even bullying. Crabs in a barrel reside here and the  More

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