Average Weather in Las Vegas Nevada, United States
In Las Vegas, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 105°F over the course of the year, and is rarely below 30°F or above 111°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 2 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 95°F. The hottest day of the year is July 13, with an average high of 105°F and low of 80°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 18 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is December 26, with an average low of 38°F and high of 56°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 in Las Vegas varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 42 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 37 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:22 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 44 minutes later at 7:06 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:25 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 36 minutes later at 8:01 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Las Vegas 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
In Las Vegas, 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 in Las Vegas begins around May 12 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around November 2. On June 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 88% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 12% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 2 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around May 12. On February 23, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% 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 in Las Vegas varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.3 months, from July 11 to March 21, with a greater than 7% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 13% on February 22.
The drier season lasts 3.7 months, from March 21 to July 11. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 13.
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 throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 13% on February 22.
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. Las Vegas experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 3.0 months, from December 14 to March 15, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 21, with an average total accumulation of 0.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 9.0 months, from March 15 to December 14. The least rain falls around June 7, with and average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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 in Las Vegas, 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, staying within 2% of 2% 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 in Las Vegas experiences mildly seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from March 12 to July 11, with average wind speeds of more than 4.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.0 months, from July 11 to March 12. The calmest day of the year is August 28, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Las Vegas varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 2.4 months, from April 3 to June 16, with a peak percentage of 41% on May 23. The wind is most often from the south for 3.3 months, from June 16 to September 25, with a peak percentage of 57% on August 5. The wind is most often from the north for 6.3 months, from September 25 to April 3, with a peak percentage of 68% on January 5.
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 3.3 months, from April 26 to August 3, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 8.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 3 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Las Vegas are 36.175 deg latitude, -115.137 deg longitude, and 1,985 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Las Vegas contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 272 feet, and an average elevation above sea level of 1,954 feet. Within 10 miles contains large variations in elevation (2,415 feet). Within 50 miles contains extreme variations in elevation (11,234 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Las Vegas is covered by artificial surfaces (53%) and shrubs (47%), within 10 miles by shrubs (59%) and artificial surfaces (32%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (91%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Las Vegas, 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
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Las Vegas.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Las Vegas according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Las Vegas is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Las Vegas and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: North Las Vegas Air Terminal (45%, 7 kilometers, northwest), McCarran International Airport (27%, 12 kilometers, south), and Nellis Air Force Base (28%, 13 kilometers, northeast).
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 .