Las Vegas Weather: Guide & Advice

Las Vegas Weather.  General guide and specific, according to seasons/months.

From around June Las Vegas can get unbearably hot even if Vegas enjoys dry weather; dry weather means it won’t feel as hot or as cold as it would if the same temperature were to be felt in a humid place; so, don’t be too scared by the average monthly Vegas temperatures when you research it online.

However, as we said, from June to September it can be very hot: this means that walking along the Strip may become challenging if you are heat-sensitive or if you have a heart condition, for example. We’re very fit but felt slightly unwell after walking (admittedly, fast), up and down the Strip during the day in June (especially because 2 of the many unavoidable escalators to and from the various pedestrian bridges did not work); moreover, during our August trip walking outside was quite challenging and we occasionally felt out of breath.

For this reason winter season can be a great time to visit Vegas unless you want to make extensive use of pools; you’ll have to find Vegas resorts with open pools in winter and you’ll have to put up with the limited opening hours (and the limitations on the sections actually open).  But more on the summer:

Summer, Sunbathing & the Heat (Las Vegas Weather). If you don’t mind the heat as described above, and if sunbathing and pool activities are your priority, then coming to Vegas from mid March to October would be best (but be prepared to share the pools with huge crowds, especially during weekends); the mild exception is perhaps the use of outdoor jacuzzis and hot tubs: if they are heated, they’re not as enjoyable during the hot summer months!

April and the first part of May are still relatively milder in terms of heat; after that, you may be seeking the comfort of air-conditioned environments often. It’s not as bad as where the climate is humid, of course (nowhere near as bad), but you will need to walk with a cold bottle of water to keep yourself hydrated if you plan to do plenty of walking in the sun. Having said that, you can walk into any establishment in Vegas and cool down; Vegas modern buses, the Strip & Downtown Express in particular, are air-conditioned.

Fall (Autumn), Las Vegas Weather:  fall can be the perfect time to go to Las Vegas, enjoying all it has to offer without the scorching heat.  However, during our latest trip during this season, we witnessed that on some days it was like mild summer, whilst on other days it felt as if we were in the middle of winter.  The significant temperature changes between daylight and night time are noticeable and you need to bring clothes for all occasions.

Winter (Las Vegas Weather). Roughly in the 60s F (15 to 20 celsius) in the day (and chillier at night, of course) but dry (which makes it much more pleasant). We’ve been in Vegas many times in the heart of winter, often because of the tempting deals during ‘low seasons’. You won’t be able to sunbathe of course and pools will either be completely closed or open only for a few hours in the peak of the day (check our year-round pools page), depending on the temperature and the wind. We have found that although in the day a simple jacket will be all we need (with some exceptions, so always bring something heavier), sometimes at night it can get chilly, so a heavier jacket or a mid-range winter coat may be necessary. It’s a dry, desert-like climate so at night it can be quite chilly, albeit dry. However, I would describe Vegas as a place enjoying an overall pleasant climate (maybe except for those scorching summer days), mostly to do with how dry it is. During the ‘unusual temperatures’ of the period around Christmas, occasionally we felt we needed a ‘serious’ winter coat but, just a few days afterwards, spring temperatures spread; all we were wearing in the day was a relatively light jacket, which we kept open because it was warm.

Dryness & Wind (Las Vegas Weather). It can rain in Vegas, of course, especially during winter months, but never in a way that it’ll ruin your holiday. It’s mostly dry; you may need to apply a moisturizer to your skin (including your lips and your feet) if you are not used to dry weather. I only had this problem after a long holiday in very humid parts of Mexico, when my body was used to extreme humidity. I have never had a problem with the dry weather since. In fact, I love it. Occasionally, there will be ‘desert’ winds (in the winter periods); these can render the day chillier; on occasion you may find yourself in the middle of a sand storm (quite exciting for a visitor, but be prepared); however, our recent winter times in Vegas did not present any significant winds, unlike some previous years.

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