Milwaukee, WI Climate


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Milwaukee, WI has a humid continental climate characterized by warm summers and cold winters. The average high in the summer months reach into the low 80s, while winter temperatures usually remain between 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit. Precipitation is fairly common throughout the year, with most of it falling between May and October. Snowfall is relatively light compared to other cities in the US, with an average of 34 inches each year. Humidity levels can be quite high during the summer months, making temperatures feel much higher than they actually are.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin gets 35 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Milwaukee averages 45 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 191 sunny days per year in Milwaukee. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Milwaukee gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 123 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 83 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 14
Rain: averages 35 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 45 inches of snow a year

Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Milwaukee is 6.8 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Wisconsin.

9.3 Summer - 4.3 Winter
August, June and July are the most pleasant months in Milwaukee, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateMilwaukee, WisconsinUnited States
  34.8 in.38.1 in.
  44.6 in.27.8 in.
  123.3 days106.2 days
  191 days205 days
  614 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 Milwaukee with an average high temperature of 82.7°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Wisconsin. In Milwaukee, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Milwaukee are June, August and September.
In Milwaukee, there are 11.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in Wisconsin.
January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Milwaukee with an average of 13.8°. This is one of the warmest places in Wisconsin.
In Milwaukee, there are 135.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in Wisconsin.
In Milwaukee, there are 9.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the warmest places in Wisconsin.
Humidity in Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee with 4.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 1.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 34% of yearly precipitation and 15% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 34.8 inches in Milwaukee means that it is wetter than most places in Wisconsin.
May is the rainiest month in Milwaukee with 12.0 days of rain, and February is the driest month with only 9.0 rainy days. There are 123.3 rainy days annually in Milwaukee, which is one of the rainiest places in Wisconsin. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 24% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 44.6 inches in Milwaukee means that it is snowier than most places in Wisconsin. January is the snowiest month in Milwaukee with 13.2 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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I have lived in Milwaukee for about 5 years. I really like the area, but I also plan on moving away soon. It is a unique city that has its charm though. Here is my  More

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Over 2 years ago

I've gone to Milwaukee many times for vacation, and it is a beautiful city with great lakeside views and beaches, stunning river walks, and of course the delicous cheese  More

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Over 3 years ago

Pretty decent city with some things to offer although crime is on the rise and segregation is out of control by race and income  More

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