Southeast Wisconsin is characterized by a humid continental climate with distinct seasons, bringing a wide range of weather conditions throughout the year. Situated in the Midwest, this region experiences cold winters and warm, sometimes hot, summers. Precipitation, including rain and snow, is spread fairly evenly throughout the year, with some variation based on seasonal factors. Here is a breakdown of what to expect during the different times of the year in Southeast Wisconsin:
Winter (December – February):
Winters in Southeast Wisconsin are known for their cold temperatures and snowfall. Average temperatures in this season range from lows in the teens (Fahrenheit) to highs around the low 30s. Snow is common, with an annual average snowfall of around 45-50 inches, most of which occurs during these winter months. Snowstorms and occasional blizzards can be expected, with January typically being the snowiest month. Wind chill can make temperatures feel even colder, so it’s essential to dress appropriately and be prepared for winter driving conditions.
Spring (March – May):
Spring is a time of transition in Southeast Wisconsin, with temperatures and weather conditions gradually improving. March can still see snow, but as the season progresses, snow gives way to rain, and temperatures increase. Average highs range from the mid-40s in March to the upper 60s by May, with lows ranging from the upper 20s to the mid-40s. Spring can be quite rainy, with April and May being the wettest months, so it’s a good idea to carry an umbrella and be prepared for occasional storms.
Summer (June – August):
Summers in Southeast Wisconsin are generally warm to hot and humid, with temperatures reaching the 70s and 80s on average. Occasionally, temperatures can reach the 90s or even higher during heatwaves. Overnight lows range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s. Although rain is less frequent during the summer months, thunderstorms can develop, and rainfall can be heavy at times. Summer is an excellent time to enjoy outdoor activities, but it’s essential to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun.
Fall (September – November):
Fall in Southeast Wisconsin is marked by cooler temperatures and colorful foliage as trees begin to change colors. September can still be quite warm, but temperatures gradually decrease throughout the season, with average highs in the 60s and 50s and lows in the 40s and 30s. Rainfall is less frequent than in spring, but precipitation can still occur. Early snow is possible in late November, signaling the approach of winter.
In summary, Southeast Wisconsin offers a diverse climate with four distinct seasons. Visitors and residents should be prepared for a wide range of temperatures and weather conditions, from cold, snowy winters to warm, humid summers, and everything in between.
Want an idea of what the weather will be like when you are looking to visit Southeast Wisconsin? Here is a chart showing the average temperature, rainfall amounts, humidity and the hours of sunshine you can expect. Once you have found the time of year that works best for you, give Elite Lake Rentals a call, or drop us an email so we can assist you in finding the perfect Wisconsin Vacation Rental!.