Las Vegas weather
Famous in the films, Las Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the World boasting plenty of sunshine, little rain and high summer temperatures.
Las Vegas weather averages and climate
With the exception of the milder winter months, those visiting Las Vegas should be prepared for very high temperatures, particularly during the summer months of June, July and August. Visitors are unlikely to be affected by rain as the area experiences very little rain at any time of the year, due to it's location within the Nevada Desert. Late autumn is an ideal time to visit Las Vegas, as the temperatures are not as hot, but still comfortably warm.
When is the best time to visit Las Vegas?
Spring is a warm season with average daily highs in March reaching a pleasant 21.6°C, rising steadily to 31.4°C in May. Rainfall remains low at an average of 23mm for the entire season, so as a result there is plenty of sunshine with an average of 10 hours in March, rising to 12 hours by May.
Summer sees exceptionally high temperatures, with July seeing average daily highs of 40.3°C, and August closely following with an average of 39.4°C. Seasonal rainfall remains low, but June is the driest month of the entire year with an average of just 3mm. The desert location makes the summer months hot and dry with average relative humidity of around 20%. Sightseers should be prepared for these exceptionally hot conditions.
September is an extension of summer in Las Vegas as it remains hot with an average daily high of 35.0°C. This drops steadily through the season with October seeing an average of 27.2°C and November 19.5°C. Average rainfall is the same as in the spring so it remains low across all three months and there are still 11 hours of sunshine to be enjoyed in September, falling to 8 hours by November.
The coolest temperatures are in the winter months with December having an average daily high of 13.8°C. Average daily highs remain around the mid-teens in January and February, but there is still around 8 hours of sunshine per day. Winter is the wettest season is Las Vegas, although by British standards it is still dry with an average of 34mm for the entire season.
Las Vegas Tourist Information
Originally a part of Mexico, the land was seized by United States forces following prolonged battles in the 1840s, and was first properly used as a place for military personnel to stock up on their way out West, before becoming a wagon stop for trade routes along the railroad.
The original population of Vegas boomed when construction work began on what would eventually be named the Hoover Dam. Work commenced in the late 1920s the project drew thousands of men from all around the country to help build it. Vegas then began its mission to be the place to go for those workers to get some entertainment in their downtime, as in 1931 it obtained its first casino licence.
Although the city itself receives the brunt of its reputation as the self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World, it is actually the Las Vegas Strip which provides the lion's share of worldwide tourism and entertainment facilities. The Strip itself is actually south of Vegas city limits, and is mostly located in two nearby towns known as Paradise and Winchester. Here you will find a wide selection of casino-hotels that are celebrated around the world for their gaming facilities; as well as the famous musicians and entertainers who have regularly performed there for decades.
Chinese New Year is always celebrated in Vegas' own unique style due to its high amount of visits, with parades through downtown areas, and even on casino floors and in the hotel lobbies. These parades are often brilliant displays of colour and sound, and are definitely worth a look if you are staying in Vegas during the first three months of the year.