Las Vegas remains one of the most popular tourist destinations for people all around the world, and Sin City shows no sign of slowing down. Expect this legendary locale to have a subtropical desert climate, with warm to hot weather throughout the year, minimal rainfall, and low humidity. The summer heat can be extreme, so be prepared, but there is something special about Sin City in the summer that keeps people coming back for more.
The Las Vegas summer is scorching, so plan on staying close to a pool or a source of air conditioning during your summertime visits to the city. As an example, there are an average of 70 days per year where the temperature climbs above 38C.
The average mean temperature during the Sin City summer is an overnight low of 25C up to the smoking hot high of 38.5C.
If you decide to brave the heat and visit Las Vegas in the summer, there are plenty of things to keep you busy, and help you stay cool. For those looking to slap on some suntan lotion and lay out by the pool, summer is the ideal time to visit, and most of the hotels and resorts in Las Vegas have extensive and extravagant pools to enjoy. For visitors who want more activities and less baking in the sun, put your money on the table and join in the exciting World Series of Poker, held every June. The summer is one of the best times to explore all of the different casinos and hotels of Las Vegas, and you can easily walk up and down the strip, playing some slots and enjoying the air conditioned comfort of each hotel like pit stops along the long, sun-cooked Strip. If gambling isn’t your thing, enjoy CineVegas, an international film festival that draws cinema fans from all over the world, or even play a round of golf at one of the many fine courses in the Las Vegas area (June is probably the best time for this, before the weather gets too unbearable). July and August are the peak times for the heat, but outdoor events are still everywhere, including outdoor concerts and festivals like the Damboree, which is held on 4th of July weekend in Boulder City, just to the southwest of Las Vegas. Also, the Newport Pacific Jazz Festival is a favorite for many locals, and can be enjoyed in the nearby town of Henderson every August.
The autumnal months bring some relief from the blazing weather of summer, but still prepare to slather on sunscreen and shed any unnecessary clothing. Autumn is also the driest season of the year, so don’t expect any rain to cool down the city.
The average mean temperature in autumn is an overnight low of 15C and a somewhat tolerable 27C for the daytime high. Don’t worry about an umbrella, since you should only expect only 1-2 days of rain per month in autumn.
Although Las Vegas is another city that doesn’t sleep, the short span of time between the searing heat of summer and the chilly bite of winter is definitely a slower season. With work and school back in session, the massive crowds of the summer months are gone, and visiting at this time of year can be much more relaxing and low-stress. This is a great time of year for festivals and outdoor events, so if you are into classic cars or motorcycles, don’t miss the Super Run Car Show held in Henderson during late September and the huge Las Vegas Bike Fest for a weekend of revving and reveling in top motorcycle brands and vendors. For art fans, autumn in Las Vegas is full of great events, including October’s annual “Art in the Park” held in nearby Boulder City, and on the first Friday of each month, check out the “First Friday” art exhibition of local talent in the downtown area Arts District. If sports are more your thing, catch a UNLV Rebels football game in the autumn, or the Invensys Classic, a five-day PGA Tournament held in the Summerlin area of west Las Vegas. Halloween is always a massive holiday on the wild and crazy Las Vegas Strip, but it is definitely directed at an adult crowd, so plan carefully if you’re traveling with your children. In November, book lovers descend on Las Vegas for the Vegas Valley Book Festival, so you can spice up your wild Vegas trip with a bit of education and culture!
Despite being in a subtropical climate, Las Vegas is still in the desert, and winter can be surprisingly chilly to some visitors expecting Sin City to be a yearlong oven. It is still considered a mild winter, with the temperature rarely dipping to the freezing point, and barely any snowfall.
The average mean temperature for the Las Vegas winter months is an overnight low of 4.5C up to the daytime high of 15 C.
The winter months in Las Vegas are slightly slower than other seasons, partly because of the milder weather, as well as the fact that many of the prestigious theatres are dark for parts of the holiday season to let the performers have time off. However, visiting Vegas in the winter can be a bargain, with discounts on restaurants, hotels, shows, and other events throughout the area. For nature lovers, the milder temperatures are great for longer days out without the need for constant air conditioning, so hikers love the winter months and often explore Red Rock Canyon or Death Vallery National Park, both of which are located very close to the city. The Las Vegas Zoo is also a popular attraction in the winter for animal lovers, because once again, the weather does not force visitors to always search for the next air-conditioned building. Christmas is always a magical time in Las Vegas, and all of the hotels decorate with elaborate holiday decorations, and hold special events, like Santa Claus appearances for the kids. The off-season is a great time to enjoy a cultural experience at the Smith Center for Performing Arts, where they host touring Broadway shows as well as orchestral and dance performances throughout the year.
Many tourists favor spring over any other time in Las Vegas because the weather is warm and sunny enough to catch a good tan at one of the many pool clubs that re-open in March and April, but it is not the extreme heat that begins to creep in during late spring and summer. The temperature is warm to hot, with 2-3 days of rain throughout the spring months.
The average mean temperature for spring in Las Vegas bottoms out at an overnight low of 14C while the daytime high is a perfect 26C.
The beginning of spring signals the opening of the tourist season in Las Vegas, so expect all the venues, restaurants, theatres, hotels, and event centers to be in full swing. The comfortable weather makes spring the best time to take the long, scenic walk up and down The Strip, so be sure to check out which new shows are opening at all the big venues. Spring is also the hottest time for golf in Las Vegas, so if the fairway is your second home, take advantage of some of the world-class courses in the surrounding areas, including Shadow Creek in north Las Vegas, and the Wynn Golf Course, right on The Strip near the Wynn Hotel. April is a lively time for festivals if the raging Spring Break crowds are not your cup of tea, so be sure to check the dates for the Las Vegas City of Lights, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues Festival. Keep your cameras handy, as spring is a popular time for celebrities to take to the Las Vegas streets, or practice your photography skills at the beautiful Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, which is particularly spectacular in the spring. Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, so that three-day weekend is one of the busiest all year, but also one of the most fun! If you want to avoid the growing crowds as spring winds down to summer, take a day to enjoy the Cars, Stars, and Guitars Festival, a popular event featuring classic cars, motorcycles, racecars and anything else with an engine and a cool paint job!
Whatever season you choose to visit Vegas, it will be an experience you’ll never forget, so check the weather, pack your sunscreen, and have the vacation of a lifetime!
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