Average Weather in Central City Colorado, United States
In Central City, the summers are comfortable; the winters are freezing, snowy, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 15°F to 74°F and is rarely below 1°F or above 81°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Central City for warm-weather activities is from late June to early August.
The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from June 6 to September 15, with an average daily high temperature above 65°F. The hottest day of the year is July 9, with an average high of 74°F and low of 49°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 21 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 39°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 15°F and high of 30°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
In Central City, 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 Central City begins around June 4 and lasts for 5.0 months, ending around November 3. On September 16, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 74% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 26% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 3 and lasts for 7.0 months, ending around June 4. On May 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 47% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 53% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Central City varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 5.1 months, from March 31 to September 4, with a greater than 20% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 31% on July 22.
The drier season lasts 6.9 months, from September 4 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 8% 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 in Central City changes throughout the year.
Rain alone is the most common for 6.8 months, from April 8 to October 31. The highest chance of a day with rain alone is 31% on July 22.
Snow alone is the most common for 5.2 months, from October 31 to April 8. The highest chance of a day with snow alone is 9% on April 2.
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 of the year. Central City experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from April 9 to October 15, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around July 29, with an average total accumulation of 1.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from October 15 to April 9. The least rain falls around December 24, with an 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 of the year. Central City experiences some seasonal variation in monthly liquid-equivalent snowfall.
The snowy period of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from September 22 to May 31, with a sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall of at least 0.1 inches. The most snow falls during the 31 days centered around April 13, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.8 inches.
The snowless period of the year lasts for 3.8 months, from May 31 to September 22. The least snow falls around July 25, with an average total liquid-equivalent accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall
The length of the day in Central City varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 60 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:33 AM on June 14, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 60 minutes later at 7:33 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:37 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 57 minutes later at 8:34 PM on June 27.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Central City during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in Central City, 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
The average hourly wind speed in Central City experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.6 months, from November 4 to April 22, with average wind speeds of more than 7.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is January 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.2 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 6.4 months, from April 22 to November 4. The calmest day of the year is August 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Central City is from the west throughout the year.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Central City throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Central City for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to early August, with a peak score in the second week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Central City for hot-weather activities is from late June to late July, with a peak score in the second week of July.
The growing season in Central City typically lasts for 3.7 months (115 days), from around May 30 to around September 22, rarely starting before May 9 or after June 22, and rarely ending before September 4 or after October 10.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Central City should appear around May 26, only rarely appearing before May 11 or after June 7.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from May 10 to July 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.9 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 8.0 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 3 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 2.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Central City are 39.802 deg latitude, -105.514 deg longitude, and 8,960 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Central City contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,801 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 8,812 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,624 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (9,521 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Central City is covered by trees (53%) and shrubs (47%), within 10 miles by trees (85%) and shrubs (12%), and within 50 miles by trees (46%) and shrubs (20%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Central City, 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 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Central City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Central City 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 Central City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Central City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (20%, 36 kilometers, east); Boulder Municipal Airport (17%, 36 kilometers, northeast); Copper Mountain, Red Cliff Pass (18%, 66 kilometers, southwest); Kremmling, Mc Elroy Airfield (26%, 78 kilometers, west); and Wilkerson Pass (19%, 84 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .