A Guide to the Month-By-Month Temperatures in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee is a four-season city, with six-month averages of 65 degrees

People kayaking down the Milwaukee River

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One great thing about Milwaukee is that the city truly experiences all four seasons. From the average January low to the average July high, the temperature averages out to 65 degrees for the first half of the year, and that includes all the lows of winter and the highs of summer.

If you look at the numbers, Milwaukee temperatures are actually pretty mild, except perhaps in January, when temperature dip into the teens.

The folks who live in Milwaukee accept that they have to be prepared for all types of weather. The great thing about that, though, is that when you have a bad-weather day, you can count on better weather being around the corner.

Here, thanks to data compiled by the Wisconsin State Climatology Office are the average temperatures for every month of every season in the beautiful, verdant Milwaukee area, along with some options for how to take advantage of each season.

Average Winter Temperatures in Milwaukee

December: High 33.1, Low 19.4
January: High 28, Low 13.4
February: High 32.5, Low 18.3

Milwaukee winters are cold. But for the people of this Midwestern outpost, it's time to get outdoors and enjoy winter sports like cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, dog sledding, downhill skiing, and snowboarding, ice fishing, snow tubing and snowmobiling. Don't forget to warm up with hot chocolate afterward. Or explore some of the city's great James Beard-awarded restaurants.

Average Spring Temperatures in Milwaukee

March: High 42.6, Low 27.3
April: High 53.9, Low 36.4
May: High 66, Low 46.2

Spring is also a great time to get outdoors. The is the best time of year for watching the birds as they migrate and fishing in the area's plentiful lakes. Or how about just shaking off the cabin fever of winter with good walks in the rain, either on the city's streets or in a park.

Average Summer Temperatures in Milwaukee

June: High 76.3, Low 56.3
July: High 81.1, Low 62.9
August: High 79.1, Low 62.1

Summer is a time for outdoor theater in the moonlight, long bike rides, an afternoon at a couple of the city's renowned beer gardens, an exploration of Wisconsin's fantastic cheeses, a trip to the cabin in the woods or even the U.S Open, which comes to Wisconsin for the first time in 2017. 

Average Fall Temperatures in Milwaukee

September: High 71.9, Low 54.1
October: High 60.2, Low 42.6
November: High 45.7, Low 31

Fall is time for a tour of the city's legendary breweries ​after all Milwaukee is Brew City, the town that beer built. Fall is also great for scenic walks or drives through local parks when the leaves turn and for tours of local fairs and festivals.