Detroit, Michigan, United States of America: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Detroit, Michigan, United States of America? If you're planning to go to Detroit, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Based on the climate and weather in Detroit, the best time to go is September. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Detroit, Michigan, United States of America by month

January

Traveling to Detroit in January, you will notice that it is frosty, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time and snow 5-10 days this month.

Daytime temperatures are in the low 30s F (single digits below 0 C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Insulated boots
  • Sweaters
  • Pajamas, such as sweats
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Waterproof coat
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleeces
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Very heavy socks
  • Gloves
  • Scarf

February

Traveling to Detroit in February, you will notice that it is very cold, snowy and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain 5-10 days this month and snow about a third of the time.

Daytime temperatures are in the 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy jacket
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens

March

March here is cold, snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof boots
  • Sweaters
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy socks
  • Waterproof coat
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Heavy jacket
  • Cold weather footwear

April

If you go to Detroit in April, you will notice that it is relatively cool and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain about half of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Jacket or coat
  • Umbrella
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Fleeces
  • Socks

May

If you visit Detroit during May, you are likely to find that it is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Dresses
  • Umbrella
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Rain coat
  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks

June

June in Detroit is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the high 70s F (mid 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Sandals
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants

July

If you vacation in Detroit during July, you are likely to find that it is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 60s F (high 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Skirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunglasses

August

August in Detroit is hot and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion

September

September for Detroit is a perfect temperature and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day. It rains regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Rain coat
  • Skirts
  • If you're going to the beach, bathing suits, swimwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear

October

October in Detroit is crisp and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters.

During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (low 10s C) to low 60s F (high 10s C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Pants or jeans
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses
  • Standard footwear
  • Socks
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

November

In November, Detroit can be brisk and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 40s F (single digits C) and about half of the time jump into the low 50s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 30s F (single digits C).

During your visit, you can expect a couple of inches of snowfall. This is also a rainy time for Detroit, with several of the days of the month having rain. In November, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof luggage
  • Jacket or coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Standard footwear
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Socks
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Fleeces
  • Rain coat

December

December here is very cold, snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 30s F (single digits C) during the day. It rains about half of the time and snows a bit less than half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof coat
  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Sweaters
  • Cold weather footwear
  • Waterproof boots
  • Heavy jacket
  • Umbrella
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • Heavy socks
  • Gloves or mittens

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Detroit, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types A and B
  • A SIM card that works in Detroit
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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