Average Weather at Denver International Airport Colorado, United States
At Denver International Airport, the temperature typically varies from 20°F to 88°F over the course of the year, and is rarely below 3°F or above 97°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 8 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 79°F. The hottest day of the year is July 13, with an average high of 88°F and low of 61°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 20 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 51°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 20°F and high of 42°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
The length of the day at Denver International Airport varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 15 hours, 0 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:29 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 2 minutes later at 7:31 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:33 PM on December 7, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 57 minutes later at 8:31 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Denver International Airport during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
At Denver International Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Denver International Airport begins around June 3 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around November 2. On September 13, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 75% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 25% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 2 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around June 3. On March 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 46% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 54% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Denver International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.0 months, from April 2 to September 3, with a greater than 17% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 29% on July 22.
The drier season lasts 7.0 months, from September 3 to April 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on December 19.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation at Denver International Airport changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 8.4 months, from February 27 to November 11. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 29% on July 22.
Snow alone is the most common for 3.4 months, from November 14 to February 27. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 4% on February 9.
Mixed snow and rain is the most common for 3.0 days, from November 11 to November 14. The highest chance of a day with mixed snow and rain is 6% on April 11.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day in the year. Denver International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from March 23 to October 25, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around May 17, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.9 months, from October 25 to March 23. The least rain falls around December 29, with and average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. Colder, drier snow tends to be on the higher end of that range and warmer, wetter snow on the lower end.
As with rainfall, we consider the snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day in the year. Denver International Airport experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 6.8 months, from October 9 to May 3, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around March 19, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.3 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 5.2 months, from May 3 to October 9. The least snow falls around August 2, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The perceived humidity level at Denver International Airport, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed at Denver International Airport experiences mildly seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.4 months, from November 28 to May 10, with average wind speeds of more than 4.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 1, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.6 months, from May 10 to November 28. The calmest day of the year is August 19, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Denver International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 3.9 weeks, from July 9 to August 5, with a peak percentage of 28% on July 28. The wind is most often from the west for 11 months, from August 5 to July 9, with a peak percentage of 59% on January 10.
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences very significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from May 7 to August 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.8 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 2 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.5 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Denver International Airport are 39.859 deg latitude, -104.673 deg longitude, and 5,335 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Denver International Airport contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 210 feet, and an average elevation above sea level of 5,342 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (682 feet). Within 50 miles contains extreme variations in elevation (7,356 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Denver International Airport is covered by shrubs (92%), within 10 miles by shrubs (37%) and grassland (34%), and within 50 miles by grassland (45%) and cropland (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Denver International Airport, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Denver International Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Buckley Air Force Base, Denver / Stapleton International, Co., Arapahoe County Airport, Erie Municipal, Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport, Boulder Municipal Airport, Greeley-Weld County Airport, and Vance Brand Airport.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .