Chicago Weather in November

Winter weather usually arrives at Chicago, Illinois during November. This time of year the city often experiences the first snowfall and cold temperatures of the season. November is also Chicago's cloudiest month.

This page gives detailed information on the typical November weather for Chicago.

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The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport, located in the northwestern part of Chicago.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

48 °F November average high 9 °C
32 °F November average low 0 °C

In most years, Chicago averages a daily maximum temperature for November that's between 44 and 53 degrees Fahrenheit (7 to 11 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 29 and 36 °F (-2 to 2 °C).

The days at Chicago cool down most rapidly during November. By the end of the month, the temperature has dropped around 15 °F (9 °C) below what it was at the start.

13 days 50 °F max. or more (10 °C)
14 days 32 °F min. or less (0 °C)

Chicago averages 5 days in November when the thermometer reaches into the 60s °F (over 16 °C). Some years have a day that's as warm as 70 °F (21 °C). Typically on 2 days the temperature remains below freezing for the entire day.

This month the thermometer dips to 20 °F (-8 °C) or below on an average of 3 nights. About once a decade Chicago gets as cold as 10 °F (-12 °C) in November.

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

3.2 in total precipitation 80 mm
11 days of rain or snowfall

Half the time, Chicago receives 1.5 to 4 inches (38 to 109 mm) of precipitation in November. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter.

Snowy Weather iconSnow

1.2 in total snowfall 3.0 cm
2 days with new snow

Every few years, Chicago receives no fresh snow in November. The snowiest Novembers get at least 1.6 inches (4 cm).

Sunny Weather iconSun

38 % sunshine
5 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Chicago during 38 percent of daylight hours on average in November, for a total of 112 hours in the month. Typically on 5 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in November at Chicago lasts for 9 hours and 49 minutes a day on average. The longest day of the month is the 1st with 10 hours and 21 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have shortened to 9:23 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

73 % November average humidity

The relative humidity in Chicago during November usually peaks at 80 percent in the morning then drops to 61 percent by early afternoon.

Local Time12 am3 am6 am9 am12 pm3 pm6 pm9 pm
Humidity % 77 79 80 75 64 61 70 74

Windy Weather iconWind

11.1 mph November wind speed average 17.9 kph

November is windier than most other months in Chicago.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

2 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
1 day with thunderstorms in November

November storms over Chicago are more likely to produce rain rather than snow.


These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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