Climate

What's the weather like?

Lake Michigan, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, moderates temperatures in the Milwaukee area, taking the sizzle out of the summer sun and warming winter winds. According to the National Weather Service, temperatures range from an average high of 54 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the spring and 79 degrees in the summer to 59 degrees in the fall and 31 degrees in the winter. More than one-half of our days are sunny, which includes 90 days where there are no clouds in the sky. That puts us on par with Indianapolis and Houston.

On average, we get 35 inches of rain, which is slightly below the national average, but plenty enough so that we don’t have to worry about water. More importantly, we have fewer rainy days than most cities, including Miami and, of course, Seattle. We do get snow – about 53 inches per year, but that is actually less than you would expect for the Upper Midwest. Our location on the western side of Lake Michigan keeps snowfall totals well below northwestern Indiana and western Michigan.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures range from an average high of:

  • 54 degrees (Fahrenheit) in the spring
  • 79 degrees in the summer
  • 59 degrees in the fall
  • 31 degrees in the winter.

 

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