The topic of this blog post may seem odd to some, but I think it really is a useful topic and I’ll explain why in a moment. We’re going to talk about what clothes visitors to our state, Wisconsin, should consider packing to wear. Certainly the type of clothing you need to pack will differ with the purpose of the trip, but we’re talking about dressing for the weather.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I can just look at a weather report if I want to find out what the weather will be like.” While that’s not a terrible idea, planning for the weather here can be a bit more nuanced than that—just ask anyone who’s lived here for any extended period of time.
The reason this topic is useful is because, as someone who’s traveled extensively throughout the country, I’ve been very surprised at how many misconceptions people from other parts of the country have about Wisconsin and the northern part of the Midwest in general. I’ve had people ask me if it snows in July, and I’ve had people who really didn’t understand how cold it can get in winter.
Spring (mid-March through mid-June)
If you’re visiting Wisconsin in the spring, a lot will depend on which part of spring it is. It’s not uncommon for us to still get a decent-sized snowstorm or two in the end of March and even into the earliest parts of April. Though cold enough to snow, the temperature has usually warmed up compared to the bitter cold of winter. The middle part of spring is usually very pleasant with temperatures generally ranging between 50 degrees Fahrenheit and 75 degrees. By mid-May and into June, we start getting warmer temperatures as summer approaches. Temperature is often pleasantly warmish—65-85 degrees.
Summer (mid-June through mid-September)
Many people that aren’t from the Midwest know only one thing about the upper states like Wisconsin—that it’s cold. While that’s true for a sizeable portion of the year, it’s simply not the case during the summer. During the summer months, and peaking in August, Wisconsin weather can be surprisingly hot. It’s not uncommon to have several days that are in the 90s and humid during our summers, and the temperature even occasionally tops 100 degrees with a heat index of 120 degrees when you factor in the humidity.
Fall (mid-September through mid-December)
Many would argue that fall is the most pleasant season in Wisconsin. Not only are the fall colors absolutely beautiful, the weather is quite nice too. In the beginning of the fall, we still can have a few very warm days; however, the weather soon starts to cool and the majority of the season requires a light jacket or sweatshirt. As winter approaches, snow does start to fall, but even in December, there are rarely the bitter cold days that we’ll see in the middle of Winter.
Winter (mid-December through mid-March)
Winter is cold in Wisconsin. Period. For people who aren’t from the area, they may be surprised at how cold it can get and they often don’t come prepared. December, while a snowy month, usually has temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to 35 degrees, though it can get colder or warmer. January and February bring the most extreme temperatures. Regularly, temperatures during these months will be in the single digits, and it’s not at all uncommon to have several days below 0 degrees. When the wind chill is factored in, it can feel like -10 or even -20 degrees. As March approaches, the temperature starts to mellow, but it’s still not uncommon to get a big snowstorm or two in the beginning of March.
Finally, the biggest thing many people don’t realize is how much the weather can change from day to day around the change of seasons. It is not uncommon for the temperature to swing by 40 or 50 degrees overnight around these periods. If you’re visiting us during the change of a season, make sure to keep this in mind as you pack.
At Baymont Inn & Suites in Mequon, we’re glad you’re coming to visit. Pack for the weather and you’re sure to have a great time visiting us in Wisconsin.