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The Best Time to Visit Las Vegas: Monthly Average Temperatures and Events

Want to know what is the best time to visit Las Vegas? Here’s everything you need to know from a local!

Las Vegas is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, aka adult Disneyland, and for those of you who have visited during the summer, you will never forget the scorching heat. As a local, we always tell our friends to avoid summer, late spring, and early fall at all costs (unless you never leave the casinos or are here for the pool parties).

Note: Everyone has different tolerances to cold and heat. I’m always surprised how quickly we acclimated to the cold winters in NY. Now that we moved to Las Vegas, we find 105° F to be a perfectly acceptable temperature.

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Last Updated: June 17, 2024

Heads Up: Stay Safe from the Las Vegas Heat

If you visit Las Vegas in the summer, stay hydrated, wear sun protection, and stay out of the sun when possible. Heat stroke is no joke. From June through August, temperatures frequently exceed 100°F (38°C), so we don’t recommend hiking in Red Rock or Valley of Fire (go to Mt Charleston instead).

Heat Stroke happens when your body overheats and can’t cool back down. Signs to look for include:

  • High body temp (over 103°F or 39.4°C)
  • Confusion or acting weird
  • Red, hot, and dry skin or lots of sweating
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fast breathing and heartbeat
  • Headaches
  • Possible seizures or passing out

If you suspect someone is having a heat stroke, call 911 right away. Cool them in the shade with cold water or ice packs until help arrives.

Tips on Beating the Heat

  1. Stay Hydrated: Drink lots of water, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine if you’re going to be outside.
  2. Wear light-colored, loose clothes. Fabrics that wick away sweat are your best bet.
  3. Wear sunglasses: Our friend’s optometrist strongly recommended sunglasses since the sun’s intensity can damage your vision.
  4. Slather on Sunscreen: Use sunscreen with at least SPF 30. Reapply every two hours or more if you’re swimming or sweating a lot
  5. Take breaks in the shade or indoors, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Use hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas for extra protection.

See More: 25 Fun Indoor Activities in Las Vegas for Scorching Hot Summers

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Las Vegas Average Temperatures Monthly

While Las Vegas sees an average of 294 days of sunshine a year, temperatures can vary widely. The average annual temperature is 70.2°F (21.2°C), but it gets sweltering June through August and cold December through February (not as cold as our northern and midwestern states, but our soft SoCal friends will find it too cold). In this post, I’ll break down the weather and events by month to help you plan your trip

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VEGAS IN Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

Best Time to Visit Las Vegas by Month

January in Las Vegas →

January is one of the coldest months in Las Vegas, but visitors from colder climates will find it pleasantly mild. It’s prime rock climbing temperatures in Red Rock, so these climbing areas are typically more crowded (although it’s rained so much the past two years we haven’t gotten much climbing in).

  • Temperature: Low of 28° to high of 59°
  • Rain: About 3 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 210 hours
  • Events: New Year’s Eve, CES

See More: January Events in Las Vegas You Can’t Miss

Las Vegas in February →

February is chilly but not as cold as January. It’s a quieter month after the holiday festivities, except for the Superbowl or Valentine’s Day.

See More: Best Things to Do in Vegas in February

March in Las Vegas →

March marks the beginning of spring, bringing more moderate temperatures. Avoiding crowds is challenging with staggered Spring Breaks, St. Patrick’s Day, and March Madness fans. If you’re heading off-strip, it’s a great time to explore the outdoors.

  • Temperature: Low of 39° to high of 72°
  • Rain: About 3 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 265 hours
  • Events: March Madness, St. Patrick’s Day, Spring Break

See More: Things to Do in Las Vegas in March

April in Las Vegas →

April starts getting days that hit the 90s. We still spend time outside but start transitioning to explore the “great indoors” on the hotter days.

  • Temperature: Low of 45° to high of 81°
  • Rain: About 2 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 310 hours
  • Events: The Academy of Country Music Awards, NAB

See More: April Las Vegas Shows & Events You Can’t Miss

May in Las Vegas →

EDC and Memorial Day Weekend are two busy times in Las Vegas in May, which you should avoid if you don’t like crowds and higher hotel rates. May is now the start of the summer tourist season! The nights are still cool, so if you want to spend time outdoors, go for early mornings and late evenings.

  • Temperature: Low of 53° to high of 90°
  • Rain: About 1 day of rain
  • Sunshine: 350 hours
  • Events: Cinco de Mayo, EDC, Memorial Day

See More: Las Vegas Events in May and Shows You Can’t Miss

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June in Las Vegas →

June is hot, and the start of the peak pool party season. We spend much less time outdoors unless it’s in a pool. It’s officially the time of year to explore indoors!

  • Temperature: Low of 61° to high of 102°
  • Rain: Less than 1 day of rain
  • Sunshine: 375 hours
  • Events: The World Series of Poker begins in June, Pool Parties

See More: The Best Las Vegas Events in June

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Las Vegas in July →

July is the hottest month of the year, but the city is buzzing with activity. There are tons of pool parties and concerts, plus you can see the Strip light up with fireworks on the 4th of July. If you’re a basketball fan, the NBA Summer League happens in Vegas.

  • Temperature: Low of 67° to high of 107°
  • Rain: Less than 1 day of rain
  • Sunshine: 370 hours
  • Events: Fourth of July, NBA Summer

See More: Las Vegas Events and Shows in July

August in Las Vegas →

If you like the heat but want to avoid crowds, August is a great month to visit. Pool parties and day clubs are still fully running, but the summer crowds are starting to die down. Hotels are typically cheaper in August than the rest of the summer.

  • Temperature: Low of 66° to high of 104°
  • Rain: About 2 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 365 hours
  • Events: Def Con (hacker convention)

See More: Things to Do in Las Vegas in August

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September in Las Vegas →

September sees a drop in temperatures and crowds. It also brings Life is Beautiful to downtown Las Vegas, which combines music, art, and food.

  • Temperature: Low of 57° to high of 96°
  • Rain: About 2 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 330 hours
  • Events: Labor Day Weekend, Life is Beautiful

See More: September Events in Las Vegas

October in Las Vegas →

The weather starts to cool in October (although for fall, it’s still warm). Celebrate Oktoberfest or head out to the desert for RiSE Fest, the largest sky lantern festival in the world. Locals love going to Gilcrease Orchard to pick pumpkins and enjoy apple cider donuts.

  • Temperature: Low of 46° to high of 83°
  • Rain: About 2 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 295 hours
  • Events: Halloween, Las Vegas Pride Festival, RiSE Festival

See More: October Las Vegas Shows and Events

November in Las Vegas →

Come November, you’ll find us spending more time outside hiking and climbing during the day. In the evening, we’re soaking in a hot tub or cozying up inside. We don’t see much fall foliage in Las Vegas, but you can find some pockets in North Vegas.

  • Temperature: Low of 35° to high of 70°
  • Rain: About 2 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 230 hours
  • Events: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon, Thanksgiving

See More: November Las Vegas Shows and Events

December in Las Vegas →

We love Las Vegas in December. The weather is cold, and the city dresses up for holiday events, making it extra magical. There are also all the NYE celebrations happening.

  • Temperature: Low of 27° to high of 60°
  • Rain: About 2 days of rain
  • Sunshine: 200 hours
  • Events: The National Finals Rodeo, Holiday Events, NYE

See More: The Best Things to Do in December in Las Vegas

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Essential Tips for Visiting Las Vegas

  • Want to avoid crowds? Weekdays and early mornings, in general, are quieter than nights and weekends.
  • Pack layers. In the winter it’s cold at night. I’ve seen people show up in tshirts who have to buy sweaters when they arrive. In the summer, the AC is always pumping indoors. I keep a light jacket in the car year-round.
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for outdoor activities.
  • Visiting on a budget? These are the top free things to do in Las Vegas.
  • Buy tickets early to popular shows and events. They sell out quickly!
  • Save money on last-minute tickets at Tix4Vegas booths at Bally’s Grand Bazaar Shops, Showcase Mall, and Casino Royale if you’re flexible with shows (most likely not the popular ones). Tickets on Demand has permanently closed.
  • Read all the fine print before you go. Some shows limit what you can bring in (ie, no large bags).
  • Stay on the Strip if you want a quintessential touristy Vegas experience. Here are the top things to do on the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Stay in Downtown Vegas if you want to hang out with locals in East Fremont. Here are the top things to do in Downtown Las Vegas (DTLV)
  • Bring comfortable shoes. You end up walking a lot in Vegas.

VEGAS IN Jan | Feb | Mar | Apr | May | Jun | Jul | Aug | Sep | Oct | Nov | Dec

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What months have you visited Las Vegas? Which is your favorite month to visit?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.

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