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Visiting Lake Michigan, Chicago, United States in October

October has average maximum temperatures of 17°C (63°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.9hrs. October has total rainfall of 8.3cm (3.3inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.7 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 13°C (55°F). October is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

Consider visiting Lake Michigan in the months of June, July, August, September, for the best beach weather.

October brings cooler weather to the Lake Michigan beach in Chicago, with fewer sunny days and a chill in the air. While the beach is still suitable for sunbathing on warmer days, swimming and water sports become less popular as the water temperature drops. It is a great time for beach walks and enjoying the fall scenery. Also consider one of our other suggestions for October.

Can you sunbathe in Lake Michigan in October?

No, October is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan.

October has average maximum temperatures of 17°C (63°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.9hrs. October has total rainfall of 8.3cm (3.3inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.7 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days.

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Can you swim in Lake Michigan in October?

No, October is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, with the sea water at 13°C (55°F), unless you have a wetsuit.

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Is October a good time to holiday in Lake Michigan?

Yes, October is a slightly cool time for a holiday in Lake Michigan.

October has average maximum temperatures of 17°C (63°F) which is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.9hrs. October has total rainfall of 8.3cm (3.3inches) making it mostly dry with only intermittent light showers. There are only 13.7 days with some rainfall so you can still enjoy the beach on the majority of days. It is not a good time for sunbathing in Lake Michigan. Sea temperatures are a cold 13°C (55°F). October is too cold for swimming in Lake Michigan for any length of time, unless you have a wetsuit.

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Is Lake Michigan warm in October?

No, Lake Michigan is not that warm but sunbathing may be possible on some clear days in October.

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in October is 17°C (63°F). The average maximum temperature is 24°C (76°) in the previous month and 10°C (49°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in October is 13°C (55°F). The average temperature is 20°C (67°F) in the previous month and 6°C (42°F) in the next month.

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How sunny is Lake Michigan in October?

The average day light hours per day in Lake Michigan in October are 11.1. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.9hrs.

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Crowds in Lake Michigan in October

October brings cooler temperatures and fewer people visiting the beach. There are no major public holidays or events during this month that would draw crowds to the beach. Most people visit the beach for a walk or run rather than swimming or sunbathing.

Temperature in Lake Michigan in October

The average maximum temperature in Lake Michigan in October is 17°C (63°F). The average maximum temperature is 24°C (76°F) in the previous month and 10°C (49°F) in the next month.

The average temperature in Lake Michigan in October is 13°C (55°F). The average temperature is 20°C (67°F) in the previous month and 6°C (42°F) in the next month.

The average minimum temperature in Lake Michigan in October is 8°C (47°F). The minimum temperature is 15°C (59°F) in the previous month and 2°C (35°F) in the next month.

Sunshine in Lake Michigan in October

During October the average day light hours are 11.1 per day in Lake Michigan. The sunshine percentage is 62% making it sunny but overcast at times. The hours of sunshine per day are 6.9hrs.

The ultraviolet index in Lake Michigan in October is typically 4 during October. An ultraviolet index reading of 3 to 5 indicates there is a moderate risk of harm from unprotected sun exposure. Keep out of the sun during the strongest hours around midday when unprotected skin risks burning in less than 30 minutes. For the sensitive wear protective clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses. Generously apply broad spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen every 2 hours, even on cloudy days, and after swimming or sweating. Tanning for hours is possible with the right application of sun cream. Watch out for relections from water that may increase ultraviolet exposure.

Sea Temperature in Lake Michigan in October

The average sea water temperature in Lake Michigan in October is 13°C (55.4°F) which is cold for swimming, a full wet suit is required to spend any length of time in the sea.

Rainfall in Lake Michigan in October

The average total rainfall in Lake Michigan in October is 8.3cm (3.3inches) and on average there are 13.7 rainy days in October making it a pretty wet time to visit the beach.

Humidity in Lake Michigan in October

The maximum dew point (an indicator of humidity) in Lake Michigan in October is 9°C (48°F) which is a bit dry for some. The dew point is 15°C (59°F) in the previous month and 3°C (3°F) in the next month.

The average maximum relative humidity in Lake Michigan in October is typically 83.4%. The maximum relative humidity is 84.1% in the previous month and 81.1% in the next month.

The average relative humidity in Lake Michigan in October is typically 65.2%. The average relative humidity is 64.8% in the previous month and 65.8% in the next month.

Wind Speed in Lake Michigan in October

The average maximum wind speed in Lake Michigan in October is typically 28KM/H (17MPH). The average maximum wind speed is 25KM/H (16MPH) in the previous month and 29KM/H (18MPH) in the next month.

The average wind speed in Lake Michigan in October is typically 15KM/H (9MPH). The average wind speed is 13KM/H (8MPH) in the previous month and 16KM/H (10MPH) in the next month.

The average wind direction in Lake Michigan in October is from the West-Southwest.

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