Cleveland Travel Guide

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Best Times to Visit Cleveland

The best time to visit Cleveland is from September through October or from April to May when the temperatures aren't freezing cold like in the winter or hot and humid as in the summer. During these months, you're likely to see pleasant weather with temps between the 60s and 70s that taper off in the evenings. That being said, there really is no bad time to visit Cleveland. The city is always buzzing and there are plenty of activities and festivals offered year-round, so it just depends on what type of trip you prefer. And thanks to its Midwest location, Cleveland has all four seasons — fall, winter, spring and summer — catering to visitors of all interests. 

Weather in Cleveland

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Average Temperature (°F)
35.1
23.4
38
26.1
46.2
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57.4
42.3
67.7
53.5
78
62.5
82.1
67.8
79.7
67.2
73.4
59.6
62.5
48.8
51.4
39.6
39.4
29.2
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Average Precipitation (in)
1.73
1.79
2.2
3.25
3.79
3.59
3.88
3.88
3.53
2.77
3.3
2.64
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

April–May 

This is a great time to visit Cleveland, when it's neither too hot nor too cold. The majority of the snow should be melted by the time April hits with highs hovering in the 60s and lows dropping to the 40s and 50s. The weather is particularly finicky during this time, so make sure to check the forecast before planning your trip and be prepared for anything, especially rain, in May. Keep in mind that at the start of Cleveland's peak tourist season in mid-May, the crowds start pouring in and hotel prices begin to rise.

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June–August 

This is the most popular time to visit Cleveland, so expect higher room rates and be sure to book reservations well in advance to secure a decent rate. The temperature is warm, with highs in the upper 70s lower 80s, and lows in the mid-60s. Summer days are stretched as the sun shines the longest in June and July. But if you're visiting during this time, make sure to always carry an umbrella as Cleveland can see substantial rainfall in summer.

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September–October

Fall in Cleveland is pretty spectacular, with orange and red leaves falling to the ground and the crisp autumn air on your face. September and October see highs in the 60s and mid-70s. This is the best time to enjoy the plethora of outdoor activities, such as the thousands of acres of parks, or catch a baseball or football game. Be prepared for rain, though, because September tends to be one of Cleveland's wettest months. If you're visiting during this time, make sure to dress in layers as the weather can be unpredictable.

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December–March

The temperature drops in November, with averages hovering around the low 50s, and the rain can turn to snow toward the end of the month. If you don't mind the snow (the city sees around 60 inches annually) and frigid wind chill coming off the lake, you'll be able to score some pretty sweet hotel deals and avoid the crowds during these months. Daytime highs range from the mid-30s to mid-40s with lows dropping into the 20s. Make sure to bundle up at night when the temperature is at its coldest. And the closer to the lake you get, the colder it will be. However, the chilly weather shouldn't deter you from visiting Cleveland during this time as there are a variety of winter festivals, and the city is especially beautiful with the snow and Christmas lights. And toward the end of March the snow should begin to melt, ushering in longer, sunshine-filled days.

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Popular Times to Visit Cleveland

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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.

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