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Climate in Michigan

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

Michigan averages 64 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 170 sunny days per year in Michigan. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Michigan gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 131 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 14
Rain: averages 34 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 64 inches of snow a year


Michigan's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 6.5 (10=best) indicates it is less comfortable than most states in the United States.

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August, July and June are the most pleasant months in the state of Michigan, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Michigan, MichiganUnited States
  33.8 in.38.1 in.
  63.7 in.27.8 in.
  130.5 days106.2 days
  170 days205 days
  882 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 Michigan with an average high temperature of 81.2°, which ranks it as cooler than most states. In Michigan, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Michigan are June, August and July.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Michigan with an average of 14.1°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.

Michigan has 5.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most states in the U.S.

Michigan has 149.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

Michigan averages 9.8 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

September is the wettest month in Michigan with 3.6 inches of rain, and the driest month is February with 1.7 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 30% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. Michigan's average annual rainfall of 33.8 inches indicates that it is drier than most states in the United States.

December is the rainiest month in Michigan with 13.0 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 9.6 rainy days. Michigan's annual average of 130.5 days with measurable rain is rainier than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 27% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 23% chance of a rainy day.

With an average annual snowfall of 63.7 inches, Michigan is one of the snowiest states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Michigan with 18.4 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Michigan    107 Reviews
    Can’t wait to leave - 9/3/2020
    Michigan is so overrated; Michiganders are in love with this state, and I don’t get it. You can sit and have a two hour conversation about how crappy things are here and... Read More

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    Belleville MI is a small town, they have a couple good fast food places and a few small diners and such, but the cost of living is kind of ridiculous. i have a one... Read More

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