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Milwaukee Climate & Weather

Milwaukee Climate and Weather


Milwaukee has a humid continental climate, characterised by precipitation throughout the year, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Summers (June to mid-September) are warm and pleasant, with temperatures generally between 52°F (11°C) and 81°F (27°C). Summer receives frequent rain with an increased chance of thunderstorms, resulting in muggy conditions. Winters (December to early March) are quite cold, and snow is common and plentiful throughout the season. Average temperatures drop to 16°F (-9°C) in January, and maximum temperatures generally stay below 39°F (4°C). Due to its proximity to Lake Michigan, Milwaukee experiences 'lake-effect' conditions. In the summer, areas along the lakeshore are often comparatively cooler than inland, and in the winter, they are slightly warmer. Tornado season is from March to June, and the wettest month of the year is August.


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