What Is Michigan's Climate?

The climate of Michigan is humid continental, though the state has two distinct regions. The southern and central portions of Michigan's Lower Peninsula are typically warmer, while the Lower Peninsula's northern portion and the entire Upper Peninsula are typically colder.

Michigan's Lower Peninsula is characterized by hot, humid summers and short, cold winters. The Upper Peninsula has warm, short summers and long, cold winters. The state receives a generous amount of precipitation, averaging between 30 to 40 inches per year. The period from July through September is generally wetter, while the period from December through March is generally drier. The state commonly experiences heavy lake-effect snow from late fall to the middle of February.