Madison - Lowest Temperature for Each Year





Here's where you'll find answers to your questions about the lowest temperatures and coldest days in Madison, Wisconsin. For instance: When was the last time Madison got colder than -20 °F? How cold did Madison get in 2018 or a century ago?

This page gives the lowest temperature for each year in Madison and the date that it happened. A date with a plus sign beside it means the lowest temperature also occurred on at least one other day earlier that year.

These records go back to 1869, with just a few years missing data. The lowest temperature measured during that time was -37 degrees Fahrenheit (-38 Celsius) on January 30, 1951.

Since 1940 the temperature extremes were observed at Dane County Regional Airport. Before then, the weather station was in downtown Madison.

Lowest Madison temperatures in recent years
Min °F Date Min °C
-26 January 31, 2019 + -32
-13 January 01, 2018 -25
-9 December 31, 2017 -23
-9 January 18, 2016 -23
-12 February 23, 2015 -24
-18 January 06, 2014 -28
-14 December 30, 2013 -26
-8 January 21, 2012 + -22
-15 January 23, 2011 -26
-11 January 09, 2010 -24
Lowest temperature recorded at Madison each year
Min °F Date Min °C
-19 January 16, 2009 -28
-15 February 21, 2008 -26
-16 February 05, 2007 -27
-17 February 18, 2006 -27
-10 January 23, 2005 -23
-13 January 30, 2004 -25
-9 January 27, 2003 + -23
-8 March 04, 2002 -22
-8 January 02, 2001 -22
-21 December 25, 2000 -29
-20 January 05, 1999 -29
-7 January 13, 1998 -22
-11 January 17, 1997 -24
-29 February 03, 1996 -34
-7 December 09, 1995 + -22
-27 January 20, 1994 + -33
-10 February 25, 1993 + -23
-7 January 16, 1992 + -22
-16 January 30, 1991 -27
-11 December 26, 1990 + -24
-18 December 21, 1989 -28
-21 January 07, 1988 -29
-12 January 24, 1987 -24
-21 January 08, 1986 -29
-28 February 01, 1985 -33
-19 January 21, 1984 -28
-25 December 19, 1983 -32
-26 January 17, 1982 -32
-10 February 11, 1981 -23
-12 February 04, 1980 -24
-28 January 16, 1979 + -33
-12 January 30, 1978 -24
-22 January 09, 1977 -30
-20 February 02, 1976 -29
-14 February 09, 1975 -26
-19 January 12, 1974 -28
-16 February 17, 1973 -27
-24 January 15, 1972 -31
-26 January 18, 1971 -32
-21 January 21, 1970 + -29
-14 January 12, 1969 -26
-18 January 07, 1968 -28
-21 January 18, 1967 -29
-23 January 29, 1966 -31
-25 January 29, 1965 -32
-9 December 17, 1964 -23
-30 January 15, 1963 -34
-29 March 01, 1962 -34
-15 December 15, 1961 -26
-14 March 06, 1960 -26
-28 February 02, 1959 -33
-14 December 10, 1958 -26
-12 January 14, 1957 -24
-11 December 13, 1956 + -24
-14 January 27, 1955 -26
-14 January 17, 1954 -26
-9 January 06, 1953 -23
-13 January 24, 1952 -25
-37 January 30, 1951 -38
-21 December 27, 1950 -29
-19 January 20, 1949 -28
-17 February 09, 1948 + -27
-8 February 04, 1947 -22
-9 January 26, 1946 -23
-12 December 18, 1945 -24
-8 December 26, 1944 + -22
-18 January 20, 1943 -28
-23 January 08, 1942 -31
-10 February 19, 1941 -23
-23 January 18, 1940 -31
-6 February 11, 1939 -21
-10 January 31, 1938 -23
-9 February 10, 1937 -23
-26 January 22, 1936 -32
-22 January 23, 1935 -30
-14 January 29, 1934 -26
-26 February 09, 1933 -32
-12 December 16, 1932 -24
-3 January 21, 1931 -19
-24 January 18, 1930 -31
-21 February 20, 1929 + -29
-11 January 02, 1928 -24
-15 January 26, 1927 -26
-17 January 28, 1926 -27
-14 December 27, 1925 -26
-25 January 05, 1924 -32
-18 February 03, 1923 -28
-12 January 24, 1922 + -24
-4 December 25, 1921 + -20
-14 February 15, 1920 + -26
-23 January 04, 1919 -31
-20 February 01, 1918 -29
-21 February 02, 1917 -29
-22 January 13, 1916 -30
-23 January 28, 1915 -31
-16 December 26, 1914 -27
-13 March 02, 1913 -25
-25 January 12, 1912 -32
-11 January 04, 1911 + -24
-18 January 07, 1910 -28
-22 January 06, 1909 -30
-10 February 02, 1908 + -23
-13 February 03, 1907 -25
-8 February 15, 1906 + -22
1905
-26 January 25, 1904 -32
-17 December 13, 1903 -27
-15 January 28, 1902 -26
-17 December 14, 1901 -27
-14 January 31, 1900 -26
-28 February 09, 1899 -33
-12 December 31, 1898 -24
-23 January 25, 1897 -31
-13 January 04, 1896 -25
-21 February 05, 1895 -29
-18 January 25, 1894 -28
-21 February 04, 1893 -29
-11 January 15, 1892 -24
-14 February 04, 1891 -26
-12 March 05, 1890 -24
-20 February 23, 1889 -29
-29 January 21, 1888 -34
-29 January 07, 1887 -34
-26 December 27, 1886 -32
-25 January 22, 1885 -32
-27 January 05, 1884 -33
1883
-13 December 07, 1882 -25
-20 January 14, 1881 -29
1880
-22 January 02, 1879 -30
-9 January 07, 1878 -23
-16 January 13, 1877 + -27
-22 December 09, 1876 -30
-25 January 09, 1875 -32
-15 December 29, 1874 -26
-21 January 29, 1873 -29
-28 December 24, 1872 -33
-15 December 05, 1871 -26
-15 February 20, 1870 -26
-8 March 06, 1869 + -22
Reference

Jay Lawrimore. 2016. Global Summary of the Year, Version 1.0. NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. 

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