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

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

When to go to Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America

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

What to wear/what to pack for Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America by month

January

January in Rochester can be dangerously cold and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the single digits F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain 5-10 days this month.

It also snows a bit less than half of the time. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 70% to 80% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Coveralls
  • Thick pajamas
  • Goggles for eye protection
  • Neck gaiter
  • Multiple layer jacket shell
  • Thermal undergarments
  • Insulated boots
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof coat
  • Waterproof boots
  • Fleece for under jacket
  • Extreme cold weather gear
  • If you plan to ski, ski equipment
  • High performance gloves

February

February in Rochester is frosty and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 10s F (10+ below zero C), with a few days below 0 F (10+ below zero C). It tends to rain regularly.

It also snows 5-10 days this month. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

March

In March, Rochester is cold, snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 40s F (single digits C) and about half of the time jump into the low 40s F (single digits C) range. At night, lows are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C).

During your visit, you can expect extremely heavy snowfall. This is also a rainy time for Rochester, with several of the days of the month having rain. In March, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

April

April in this region can be chilly and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day. It rains 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

May

In May, Rochester is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the high 60s F (low 20s C) and about half of the time jump into the low 70s F (low 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

This is also a rainy time for Rochester, with several of the days of the month having rain. In May, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

June

If you vacation in Rochester during June, you are likely to find that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

July

In July, Rochester is extremely warm and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Rochester, with several of the days of the month having rain. In July, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

August

If you go to Rochester in August, you will notice that it is warm and somewhat rainy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

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

September

In September, Rochester is balmy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) and once in a while jump into the low 80s F (high 20s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

This is also a rainy time for Rochester, with several of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 60%.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

October

If you vacation in Rochester during October, you are likely to find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C).

Humidity is generally between 50 and 60% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

November

November in Rochester is pretty cool and snowy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 20s F (single digits below 0 C). It tends to rain a bit less than half of the time.

It also snows occasionally. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 60% to 70% range on average.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

December

December is beyond freezing, somewhat snowy and somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the high 20s F (single digits below 0 C) during the day. It rains regularly and snows regularly.

What to wear/what to pack:

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

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Rochester, Minnesota, United States of America

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Rochester, 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 Rochester
  • Appropriate museum wear

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