What Is The Las Vegas Climate Like?

Las Vegas  photoWhat is the Las Vegas climate like? If you’re wondering this, then two things are safe assumptions. For starters, you’ve never been there. Secondly, you’re considering going there or maybe you already have a trip lined up. In any event, you want to know what the climate of Sin City has in store for you.

It’s good to know what the Las Vegas climate is like because it determines what activities you might do and what you should pack. If you’re going as a tourist at all, then you want to leave extra room in your bags for the clothes you might buy while there, be it t-shirts or nice threads at the upscale shopping the Strip can sometimes offer you. Still, the clothes you travel with have to meet your needs for being there as well as what kind of weather to expect.

Las Vegas strip photoFor starters, don’t expect a lot of humidity or precipitation. It does rain there, but not much. Snow is infrequent and light. Las Vegas really is a city in the desert, so the air is often very dry. It can also get really hot, particularly in the summer months, but even the winter air can be very dry. Still, a good jacket is a good idea. Even if you look up the winter temperatures and consider them warm compared to where you’re coming from, air that is dry and cold might be more cutting and bracing then you expect, so dress appropriately.

Las Vegas hotel photoFor that matter, you might want to cover up with light clothing even in the summer. The desert sun can beat down on you, dehydrating you and even burning you faster than you might ever imagine. As posh and comfortable as many Las Vegas hotel rooms might be, you don’t want to spend your time here recovering from a sunburn when you could be out doing whatever it is that draws you here. For some, that’s gambling. For others, it’s conventions and family reunions. Most everyone finds time to sneak in one of those famous shows though.

If you’re looking for a time of year that isn’t too hot or crowded, yet not freezing either, late winter and early spring aren’t bad, even if the city is as open for business as its summer peak. For that matter, if you want some time in the pool or just lounging by it, aim more for September than August. Most American schools are back in session by then, so there won’t be as many kids around.

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How Is Las Vegas Weather In December?

Las Vegas Weather photoHow is Las Vegas Weather in December? It’s one of the city’s coldest months in any year. Winter season happens in this month to a full extent. Average temperatures in this month float around 47 degrees Fahrenheit, with highs of 58 and lows near 34. January is actually a few degrees warmer on average.

Temperatures do fall below freezing in Las Vegas in December, but usually only three times a month. It’s great weather if you want to dine in, do some casino gambling, or enjoy the theater shows. It’s not ideal for getting a tan. If you want to spend time in or by an outdoor pool, then go in September or August.

rio las vegas photoThe chances of rain are higher in December than other months, as the odds go up starting in November. Having said that, it is an arid desert climate. At no point in December is there often more than an average 12 percent chance of rain on any given calendar day. Las Vegas precipitation is often light to moderate rain or even light snow, but it’s usually only over three or four days per month every December.

December gets about seven hours of sunlight each day in December. As it sits in the Northern Hemisphere, the nights are longest in December with the shortest days, particularly around the winter solstice, a few days before Christmas. Still, the median cloud coverage is typically 0 percent, so while it might not warm you up that much, you can expect a lot of sunlight and clear blue skies while visiting here.

strip las vegas photoHumidity is not much of an issue for a desert city. Relative humidity here in December fluctuates between a dry 23 percent and a mildly humid 65 percent. It rarely falls under the really dry marker point of 13 percent or above the very humid point of 91 percent. The air is usually driest around the start of the month when most days are rated dry. It’s more humid around the solstice or Christmas when more days are humid, but still only mildly so. Depending on where you visit from, it might always seem dry.

Wind is another consideration about Las Vegas weather in December. It’s usually calm or a gentle breeze, rarely proving to be more than a fresh breeze. The highest average speeds of wind tend to be at the start of the month, with the lowest speeds happening more around the 10th.

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