Nevada has the unpleasant title as America’s driest state. The desert climate is bone dry every season, reeking havoc on your skin and lungs. It also suffers from extreme swings in temperature between summer to winter. There are a few months in between when the dry sunny weather conspires to create very pleasant conditions, but most of the year Nevada can be a tough place to be which is why most people choose to stay inside the pleasantly air-conditioned casinos who are all too happy to oblige.
Summers are extremely hot and dry. Daytime highs haven been known to top 120°F and frequently stay above the 100°F mark from June through September. The sun beats down day after day, but nights are extremely comfortable. Average annual rainfall is just seven inches, the lowest in the US. Most of it hits the northern part of the state around Reno, which also enjoys lower average temperatures than Las Vegas in the south.
Winters are surprisingly cold and dry. The average daytime high in Las Vegas is 57°F in December and January, but at night it dips down into the 30s°F. Most days in winter are pleasant enough to wear a light sweater, but always bring a warm jacket when you head outside after dark.
Best Time to Visit Nevada
The shoulder seasons between summer and winter are the best time to visit Nevada, especially Las Vegas. March and April are very pleasant, with daytime highs in the 70s°F and plenty of sun. October and November are also comfortable, with the same kind of weather as spring. These are the peak tourist seasons in Las Vegas so don’t expect any hotel deals.
If you are looking for cheap room rates in Vegas, Reno or other towns in Nevada come in the middle of summer. The heat drives away most visitors and Vegas resorts try to lure guests with pool parties and daytime entertainment. Winter can also bring some good deals on hotels if you visit before or after the New Year/Christmas holidays.