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Best time to visit Detroit, MI, USA

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The best time to visit Detroit is March-April

Are you looking to travel to Detroit and want to find out when’s the best time to visit? You’re in the right place! The perfect time to visit Detroit is March-April due to the excellent weather conditions, and you might even find that the cost of flights and accommodation are lower than if you travel during the peak holiday seasons.

The very hottest temperatures in Detroit get to around 29℃ (84℉) in the height of summer. The weather in the winter, especially around January, can reach a minimum of -12℃ (11℉).

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Detroit, you’re most likely get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around July. To stay dry, avoid travelling to Detroit in May – It’s the wettest month of the year.

Learn everything you need to know (and none of the stuff you don’t) about when to go to Detroit below. Be sure to check out the handy tools we’ve included to help you search for flights and transport, accommodation, and everything else you need to plan and book your trip.

Warmest month

July

Least rainfall

February

Most daylight

July

Detroit seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Detroit as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Detroit is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Detroit

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Detroit for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Detroit climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Detroit for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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DEC

Detroit in January

  • Average temperature: -4℃ (25℉)
  • Average high temperature: -2℃ (29℉)
  • Average low temperature: -7℃ (19℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 34mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 15 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in January, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Detroit in February

  • Average temperature: -3℃ (26℉)
  • Average high temperature: -0℃ (32℉)
  • Average low temperature: -6℃ (21℉)
  • Average humidity: 84%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 31mm (1") over 7 days
  • Average snow days: 13 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in February, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Detroit in March

  • Average temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average high temperature: 6℃ (42℉)
  • Average low temperature: -1℃ (30℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 39mm (2") over 11 days
  • Average snow days: 7 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
11 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in March, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Detroit in April

  • Average temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average high temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average low temperature: 4℃ (39℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 11 days
  • Average rainfall: 67mm (3") over 16 days
  • Average snow days: 2 days
11 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in April, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Detroit in May

  • Average temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average high temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 73mm (3") over 17 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
17 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Detroit in June

  • Average temperature: 19℃ (66℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (74℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 69mm (3") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in June, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Detroit in July

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (79℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 12 days
  • Average rainfall: 55mm (2") over 16 days
12 days
of pure sunshine
16 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in July, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Detroit in August

  • Average temperature: 22℃ (71℉)
  • Average high temperature: 26℃ (78℉)
  • Average low temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 58mm (2") over 15 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in August, make sure you pack t-shirts for the daytime and maybe a light jumper for the evenings as it cools down a bit.


Detroit in September

  • Average temperature: 18℃ (65℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 44mm (2") over 13 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in September, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Detroit in October

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (48℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 14 days
  • Average rainfall: 49mm (2") over 15 days
14 days
of pure sunshine
15 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in October, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Detroit in November

  • Average temperature: 5℃ (41℉)
  • Average high temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average low temperature: 2℃ (36℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 15 days
  • Average rainfall: 35mm (1") over 10 days
  • Average snow days: 5 days
15 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in November, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Detroit in December

  • Average temperature: -0℃ (32℉)
  • Average high temperature: 2℃ (35℉)
  • Average low temperature: -3℃ (28℉)
  • Average humidity: 81%
  • Average sunny days: 13 days
  • Average rainfall: 32mm (1") over 8 days
  • Average snow days: 12 days
13 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Detroit in December, make sure you pack a thick snow/winter jacket, thermals and some extra layers as it's always very cold.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Detroit is usually July, where temperatures tend to rise to around 26℃ (79℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Detroit is generally around February. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in February first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Detroit is generally around May, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of May too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Detroit, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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