October weather forecast
Detroit, MI

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The downtown city of Detroit, Michigan viewed from a bird
The downtown city of Detroit, Michigan viewed from a bird's eye angle

Weather in October

October is characterized by more noticeable shifts in weather as autumn deepens in Detroit. Average temperatures drop further to 58.8°F (14.9°C), creating a substantial difference from the warmth of September. While the days become visually vibrant due to the changing leaves, they also become shorter. Outdoor outings often require warmer clothing, but the crisp air and colorful foliage make October walks uniquely satisfying. The first hints of winter start to be felt, particularly in the chilly breezes during early morning and late evening.

Temperature

The arrival of October signals a shift in temperature, down from a pleasant 72.3°F (22.4°C) in September to a mild 58.8°F (14.9°C). October is noted for a mean low-temperature of 47.5°F (8.6°C).

Humidity

In October, the average relative humidity is 74%.

Rainfall

In Detroit, in October, during 14.5 rainfall days, 1.93" (49mm) of precipitation is typically accumulated. Throughout the year, there are 152.1 rainfall days, and 23.43" (595mm) of precipitation is accumulated.

Snowfall

January through May, October through December are months with snowfall in Detroit. October is the first month it typically snows. Throughout October, in the average 0.2 snowfall days, it receives 0.04" (1mm) of snow. Throughout the year, in Detroit, Michigan, there are 54.3 snowfall days, and 14.84" (377mm) of snow is accumulated.

Ocean temperature

In October, the average ocean temperature in Detroit is 60.4°F (15.8°C).
Note: Swimming is not an enjoyable activity for the majority when the water is at 60.4°F (15.8°C). The difficulty of controlling breathing increases as the temperature dips from 69.8°F (21°C) to 59°F (15°C).

Daylight

In October, the average length of the day in Detroit, Michigan, is 11h and 3min.
On the first day of October in Detroit, sunrise is at 7:30 am and sunset at 7:13 pm. On the last day of the month, sunrise is at 8:05 am and sunset at 6:26 pm EDT.

Sunshine

In Detroit, the average sunshine in October is 5.7h.

UV index

The average daily maximum UV index in October in Detroit, Michigan, is 2. A UV Index value of 2, and less, symbolizes a low threat to health from unprotected exposure to Sun's UV rays for ordinary individuals.
Note: The daily high UV index of 2 in October translates into this advice:
Most people face no serious problems with extended sun exposure, but those with fair skin, infants, and children always need protection. The mid-day Sun emits the most powerful UV radiation, so seek shade and minimize exposure. On sunny days, it's ideal to wear sunglasses that filter out UVA and UVB rays. Be aware! The reflective nature of snow can magnify the Sun's UV radiation almost twofold.
Updated: Feb 12, 2024 | Published by: Weather U.S. | Resources

Frequently asked questions

What is the average October temperature in Detroit?

Detroit in October has an average high-temperature of 58.8°F (14.9°C) and an average low-temperature of 47.5°F (8.6°C).

What is the average humidity in October in Detroit?

In Detroit, the average relative humidity in October is 74%.

How many days does it rain in October in Detroit?

In Detroit, Michigan, in October, during 14.5 rainfall days, 1.93" (49mm) of precipitation is typically accumulated.

When does it start snowing in Detroit?

October is the first month it typically snows in Detroit. Throughout October, in the average 0.2 snowfall days, it receives 0.04" (1mm) of snow.

How cold is the water in October in Detroit?

In October, the average ocean temperature in Detroit is 60.4°F (15.8°C). Swimming in 60.4°F (15.8°C) is not enjoyable for the majority. Controlling breathing becomes progressively more difficult as surface water temperature decreases below 69.8°F (21°C).

How many hours of daylight does Detroit have in October?

In October, the average day length in Detroit, Michigan, is 11h and 3min.

When is the sunrise / sunset in October in Detroit?

In October, on the first day of the month, sunrise is at 7:30 am and sunset at 7:13 pm. On the last day of the month, in Detroit, sunrise is at 8:05 am and sunset at 6:26 pm EDT.

How long on average sun shines in October in Detroit?

The average sunshine duration in October in Detroit is 5.7h.

What is the UV index intensity in October in Detroit?

In October, the average daily maximum UV index in Detroit is 2. A UV Index reading of 2, and below, represents a low health risk from exposure to Sun's UV rays.
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Average temperature in October
Detroit, MI

Average temperature in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average high temperature in October: 58.8°F

The warmest month (with the highest average high temperature) is July (79.9°F).
The month with the lowest average high temperature is January (29.3°F).

  • Average low temperature in October: 47.5°F

The month with the highest average low temperature is July (65.8°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average low temperature) is January (19.6°F).

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Average pressure in October
Detroit, MI

Average pressure in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average pressure in October: 30"Hg

The month with the highest atmospheric pressure is November (30.1"Hg).
The month with the lowest atmospheric pressure is June (29.93"Hg).

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Average wind speed in October
Detroit, MI

Average wind speed in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average wind speed in October: 9.9mph

The windiest month (with the highest average wind speed) is January (10.5mph).
The calmest month (with the lowest average wind speed) is July (6.8mph).

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Average humidity in October
Detroit, MI

Average humidity in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average humidity in October: 74%

The month with the highest relative humidity is February (85%).
The months with the lowest relative humidity are July and August (73%).

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Average rainfall in October
Detroit, MI

Average rainfall in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average rainfall in October: 1.93"

The wettest month (with the highest rainfall) is May (2.87").
The driest month (with the least rainfall) is February (1.22").

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Average rainfall days in October
Detroit, MI

Average rainfall days in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average rainfall days in October: 14.5 days

The month with the highest number of rainy days is May (16.8 days).
The month with the least rainy days is January (7.1 days).

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Average snowfall in October
Detroit, MI

Average snowfall in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average snowfall in October: 0.04"

The month with the highest snowfall is January (4.29").
The months with the least snowfall are June, July, August and September (0").

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Average snowfall days in October
Detroit, MI

Average snowfall days in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average snowfall days in October: 0.2 days

The month with the highest number of snowfall days is January (14.5 days).
The months with the least snowfall days are June, July, August and September (0 days).

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Average sea temperature in October
Detroit, MI

Average sea temperature in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average sea temperature in October: 60.3°F

The best month for swimming (with the highest average sea temperature) is August (75.4°F).
The coldest month (with the lowest average sea temperature) is February (32.7°F).

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Average daylight in October /
Average sunshine in October
Detroit, MI

Average daylight in October / Average sunshine in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average daylight in October: 11h and 0min

The month with the longest days is June (Average daylight: 15h and 12min).
The month with the shortest days is December (Average daylight: 9h and 6min).

  • Average sunshine in October: 5h and 4min

The month with the most sunshine is July (Average sunshine: 10h and 36min).
The month with the least sunshine is January (Average sunshine: 3h and 12min).

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Average sunshine days in October
Detroit, MI

Average sunshine days in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average sunshine days in October: 13.6 days

The month with the most sunshine days is November (15.2 days).
The month with the least sunshine days is February (10.7 days).

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Average UV index in October
Detroit, MI

Average UV index in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average UV index in October: 2

The months with the highest UV index are June, July and August (UV index 6).
The month with the lowest UV index is December (UV index 1).

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Average cloud cover in October
Detroit, MI

Average cloud cover in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average cloud cover in October: 43

The month with the most cloud cover is January (Cloud cover 67).
The month with the least cloud cover is July (Cloud cover 27).

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Average visibility in October
Detroit, MI

Average visibility in October - Detroit, MI
  • Average visibility in October: 6mi

The months with the highest visibility are February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December (6mi).
The month with the lowest visibility is January (5mi).

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