It’s always sunny in Las Vegas

You’ve booked your trip to Las Vegas. You’ve got your show tickets lined up and your clubbing strategy all plotted out. Now it’s time to pack. One of the biggest factors in prepping for any trip is the weather at your destination.

“What’s the weather like in Las Vegas?” is one of the most frequent questions people ask us. We get it. You need to know if it’s going to be warm enough to wear that tiny little black dress at night or if you’re going to need a cute hat to keep wind or rain from destroying your blowout.

For a large part of the year the answer to the Las Vegas weather question is simple: It’s warm and sunny. We have more than 300 days of sun each year so sunglasses and sunscreen should always be in your suitcase no matter what time of the year you’re visiting.

For that small part of the year when the weather actually varies you’ll need to know what to expect so we’ve broken it down for you by season. Here’s our guide to Las Vegas weather:

Spring

Ahh, spring. The birds are singing. The flowers are blooming. Chances are, in Vegas, the wind is blowing. Don’t get us wrong, March and April in Las Vegas are gorgeous with average temperatures in the 70s. However, it does tend to be windy. Ladies, you might want to bring a bottle of your extra strength hairspray with you.  You’ll also want to bring a jacket for the evenings, which can cool down into the 50s.

May is still technically spring in most parts of the country but for us it’s pretty much the beginning of summer. It can get hot, with temperatures in the high 80s to low 90s. The good news is that it’s still very comfortable at night with temps in the 60s.

You’ll want to pack your hottest bikini and take an extra Spin class before you come because May is when the pool clubs start to open and the daytime parties start to heat up.

Summer

There’s no way to put it delicately. Summer in Las Vegas can feel like you’re visiting the surface of the sun. This is the desert and the sun is very intense, not to mention the temperatures soar well into the 100s. If you’re visiting from someplace like Canada it’s possible you’ve never felt temperatures this high in your life. There’s not any real relief at night either – even after the sun goes down it can still be in the 90s for overnight “lows.”

Look at it this way, it’s easy to pack for Vegas in the summer. You’ll want to bring as little clothing as possible. Bring a sun hat, your swimsuit (for those aforementioned pool club parties) and an industrial size bottle of sunscreen and you should be all set.

July and August are the hottest months in Las Vegas but they are also the months when you have the best chance of seeing some rain. Believe it or not, Las Vegas actually has a monsoon season, which can bring torrential downpours and flash flooding. If you’re coming during those months, check the forecast before your trip and bring an umbrella if there’s a chance of rain.

A couple more tips for summer: Thankfully we do have plenty of A/C in Vegas and it can be very powerful inside hotels, casinos and showrooms. If you get chilled easily and you’re going to be spending a lot of time inside you might want to bring a light sweater.

If you’re going to be outside walking around the Strip or soaking up the sun at the pool be sure to stay hydrated. And by hydrated we don’t mean downing a six pack of Bud Light. You need to drink water and lots of it. When people tell you “it’s a dry heat” here in Vegas they aren’t kidding. It kind of feels like someone is blasting you with a hair dryer when you walk outside.

Fall

Fall in Las Vegas starts out as basically just an extension of summer. Temperatures in September can still reach the high 90s and even 100. Pool clubs are still popular during the day but they do start to close for the season toward the end of the month. The good news is that even though it’s still hot it does start to cool off at night in September, which means this is the ideal time of the year for things like outdoor dining. Lots of restaurants and bars have patios so be sure to take advantage of them.

October and November are just about as perfect as you can get in Las Vegas. While the rest of the country is trading shorts and sundresses for baggy sweatshirts and boots we are still basking in warm sunshine and moderate temperatures.

Winter

Winter in Las Vegas is pretty comfortable during the day. Temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s, but we have to warn you —  it can get very chilly at night. We’ve been known to have overnight lows that dip into the 30s, so be sure to bring a warm jacket. We’ve even had the occasional freak snowfall but it doesn’t happen very often. You’re more likely to see rain.

If palm trees and green grass are just too much for you in the winter you can still enjoy some snow if you must. Just head up to Mount Charleston, which is a 45-minute drive from Las Vegas. Believe it or not there’s a ski area and places to go sledding. You can play in the snow and then come back down into the warm sunshine afterwards. It’s the best of both worlds.

January is probably the chilliest month in Las Vegas. If you’re coming to town for New Year’s Eve and plan to partake in the party outside on the Strip be sure to bundle up. All of the alcohol you’re consuming might serve as a bit of an antifreeze but you’ll still need a jacket and maybe some gloves.

If you’re jonesing for that daytime partying that you enjoyed all summer at the pool clubs, don’t despair. Head over to Ghostbar Dayclub, which runs throughout the winter at the Palms. The weekly Saturday afternoon indoor party encourages revelers to don playful costumes and features things like spontaneous confetti explosions, gorgeous go-go dancers, top DJs, celebrity guests and more. That’ll brighten up any chilly day.

Comments

It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.