Center for International Studies

Climate in Macomb

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Summer begins in June and lasts through August. Temperatures can range 21º Celsius (70º F) to 35º Celsius (95º F). July and August have days when temperatures can be very high and there is high humidity, which often makes for an uncomfortable condition. Otherwise, summer days are generally pleasant and students enjoy being outside and can dress casually in shorts and sandals.

 

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Fall (Autumn) usually lasts from mid-September through early December with temperatures that are cool. You may need to wear a light jacket until mid-October when temperatures stay around 0º Celsius,(32º F). During the fall season, it is particularly important to take care of your health since the temperature often changes from days when some students will wear shorts to days when hats, coats and gloves are required. Autumn brings changes in the color of leaves to yellows, oranges and reds before they fall to the ground.

 

Winter weather begins in early December with temperatures often below 0º Celsius (32º F). January is the coldest wintermonth with some days having of temperatures around -17.8º Celsius (0º F). Snow often covers the ground for long periods from December through mid-March but can start as early as November and last until April. During winter it is important to wear heavy coats, gloves, scarves, boots and hats to protect from the cold and wind.

Blizzards are a combination of heavy snow and strong winds.  If at all possible, remain indoors and do not drive your car as you may not be able to see the roads. Several inches can accumulate in a very short period of time causing streets or buildings to become blocked and closed temporarily.

 

Spring usually begins in mid-March and lasts through the end of May. The weather often changes between rainy, warm tulipsand sunny days but can also be as cool as 50º F.

Tornadoes can occur during the months of April, May and June due to the rapid changes in the weather. A tornado is a storm with very high winds that form a funnel cloud. A tornado watch means weather conditions are favorable for a tornado and a tornado warning means one has been sighted in your area. Take cover immediately and listen to the local radio station to find out when the warning has expired.