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Temperatures and rainfall in Nevada


Nevada has an arid climate and receives less precipitation than any other state. Skies are clear, sunshine is abundant, and relative humidity is low. There are wide ranges of temperature between day and night throughout Nevada because the clear dry air permits both the rapid gain of heat in the day and its rapid loss after dark. The climate pattern, however, is complicated by differences in elevation. Mountainous areas are far damper and cooler than low-lying areas.

Mean annual temperatures vary greatly within Nevada because of the comparatively long distance from north to south within the state.

Climatic map of Nevada


Climate of Nevada
Climate of Nevada

Summers in the south


In the south, summers are extremely hot and winters are short and mild. The average July temperature at Las Vegas is 32°C (90°F), and the highest temperature ever recorded there was 48°C (118°F). Las Vegas’ January average high temperature is in the lower 10°s C (lower 50°s F), and average lows are near freezing. The growing season, the period from the last killing frost in spring to the first in fall, in this area averages more than 230 days per year.

In the northeast, winters are long and cold and summers short and hot. San Jacinto’s average temperature in January is -4°C (24°F), but it has recorded readings as low as -46°C (-50°F) in the winter. The July average at San Jacinto is 19°C (66°F), and the average growing season is about 80 days per year. Reno, in the west-central part of the state, has mean temperatures that fall between the averages at San Jacinto and Las Vegas. The growing season is about 155 days. Night-to-day temperature changes are sharp throughout Nevada because the clear dry air permits both the rapid gain of heat in the day and its rapid loss after dark. © "United States" © Emmanuel Buchot and Encarta

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