Metro Detroit average rainfall and average temperature Michigan

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Here is some information if you have never lived in Michigan and have a Michigan relocation in your future.  This is just a general guide to the area.


Month                            Average Low       Average High         Average temp 
January 17.8°  31.1°    22.9
February 20.0° 34.4° 25.4
March 28.5° 45.2° 35.7
April 38.4° 57.8° 47.3
May 49.4° 70.2° 58.4
June 58.9° 79.0° 67.6
July 63.6° 83.4° 72.3
August 62.2° 81.4° 70.5
September 54.1° 73.7° 63.2
October 42.5° 61.2° 51.2
November 33.5° 47.8° 40.2
December 23.4° 35.9° 28.0

     All of the above temperatures is in Fahrenheit.  We have a saying in Michigan wait a minute the weather will change.  We have dramatic weather changes in Michigan.  We can be 6 degrees on January 15th and then 40 degrees the next day.  Same thing happens all year round.  We can be in the nineties for a week and then 70 degrees the next day.  We can be rainy at 10 am and then bright sunshine at 11 am.

The lowest ever recorded temperature in Detroit has been -27 degrees centigrade in January 1994.  The warmest month of the year is July with an average maximum temperature of 84.50 degrees Fahrenheit, while the coldest month of the year is January with an average minimum temperature of 19.80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

     Most of our weather comes from the west.  Both Northwest and Southwest.  We do get tornadoes here but not like down south.  We have had a few tornado touchdowns but they are usually isolated small areas.  A couple of houses, or a building or two.  No total destruction of a town.  And even then it probably only happens on an average of once a year in the Metro Detroit area.


    We get snow storms but very seldom over 10 inches.  In fact this year it seems we have had the most snow since the 1970 and 1980's.  Most of our snows are 1 to 5 inches at a time.  Throughout the winter we get thaws and rains.  We can have 6 inches snow one week and it can all be gone.  After a few days of rain, 30 to 40 degrees it disappears.  White Christmas' are hit and miss.  I would bet that we get as much rain as we get snow in December. 

The heaviest snowfall is usually in Detroit's northern suburbs. Annual average snowfall in Detroit is around 41 inches, sometimes varying greatly from year to the next.  Average snowfall amounts are Oct .2 inches, Nov 3 inches, Dec 10.2 inches, Jan 10.2 inches, Feb 9.1 inches, March 7 inches, April 1.7 inches 

 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec 

Our rainy season is in April and early may and then again in late fall.  In July and August we get our high temperatures.  90's are usually the highs but we do sometimes get into the low one hundreds.  Maybe a couple days at most.  In January and February we do get down to zero now and then.  (sometimes as low as -5) With wind chills we sometimes see as low as -10.  Again not very often.  I think last year or the year before we got into the 50's in January.  Rainfall in is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. The wettest month of the year is June with an average rainfall of 3.60 Inches.

We usually get an Indian summer in late September or early October where temps will get into the 70's.  A nice warm streak for up to a week.  Fall is beautiful here in Michigan with the changing fall colors and the cool breezes.   In November we do get some gale force winds.  I believe mother nature knows all the leaves are gone and the trees won't be damaged as much.  Sometimes when there are hurricanes down in Florida and the gulf coast we will get the rains even up here.

I hope this helps you understand a little about Michigan's weather.  If you are moving to Michigan in the future give me a call.  I will help you with any questions you should have.  Whether you are relocating to Michigan from Florida or California. ... Michigan is a great place to live.  There are lots of great cities around Metro Detroit.  I am sure you will find one Metro Detroit suburb that you will love and grow to call home.

I hope this helps with your Michigan relocation.  For more Metro Detroit real estate information feel free to visit my websites. Or just email me

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Debbie Hutchins
Birmingham, AL

BRRRRR  I am in for June, July and August but NOOOOO more.  I need warmth!!!

Very informative post!


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Mike Forman
Thanks for the info :0)
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