Las Vegas Weather Guide

Rail, hail or shine, Las Vegas is always a good time. But some months can be better for certain things than others in the desert city. From sunny pool days to cooler hike-friendly temperatures, read on to find out what's instore for Sin City during the various seasons and what to pack.

Season and Clothing

Summer: June to August

As a desert city, summer in Las Vegas can be brutally hot. Like high-30s hot on average. Luckily, most of the casino fun lies inside in air-conditioned bliss. Plus, there is always the resort pool scene to cool off in. Just don't bother going hiking or heading to the desert - the heat will get the better of you. Like most of the US party cities, Las Vegas is packed out during the summer break so if you don't mind a crowd then summer is a great time to enjoy Las Vegas. The more the merrier! One thing you won't want to miss are the poker faces at the World Series of Poker in June or July.

Average temperatures: 21 - 39 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Swimsuits, casual clothes and sandals.
Don't forget: Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

Autumn: September to November

If you plan on venturing off the Strip to explore the city's surrounds and other attractions, like the Neon Museum, then fall is the time to do it. Following the 40-degree heat of summer and before the chilly temperatures of winter set in, autumn is an ideal time to travel to Las Vegas. The crowds are also smaller, although the weekends are still quite busy with local travellers. Dressing up is not just confined to Halloween in Sin City. Check out the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Fair for ye olde costumed knights and fair maidens and the Rockabilly Rod Reunion for hot cars and even hotter burlesque in mid-October, and then go all out on October 31 with every club, bar and lounge celebrating Halloween.

Average temperatures: 19 - 28 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Casual clothes, sandals and hiking boots.
Don't forget: A Halloween costume and your camera.

Winter: December to February

While Las Vegas still experiences a chilly winter, it manages to avoid a blanket of snow unlike many other US cities. As a result, Las Vegas is a hotspot during the Christmas and New Year period with party goers looking to let off some silly season steam, so be aware of price hikes. The city is even brighter over the holiday season with plenty of twinkling lights, giant candy canes and magical elf forests for even more festive cheer, while Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard are practically blocked off for the New Year's Eve revelry.The cooler temperatures also make this season a great time to explore the city's outdoors with hikes around Red Rock Canyon and nearby national parks.

Average temperatures: 1 - 17 degrees Celsius
Appropriate clothing: Warm layers and walking shoes.
Don't forget: A backpack for day trips.

Spring: March to May

Spring in Las Vegas is when spring breakers from around the country head to the city to party hard after exams are over. This can be a crazy time to visit and well worth it if you're up for some mischief. The downside is, however, that accommodation can book out quite quickly so it's best to book well in advance. One of the big tickets for spring is the NASCAR Nextel Cup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in early March for petrolheads and car fanciers alike. St Patrick's Day also goes off in Sin City with a decidedly Las Vegas slant as does the Mexican fiesta of Cinco de Mayo on May 5. Take advantage of the still cool temps to arrange a day trip to Grand Canyon National Parkor see the sights from up high with a helicopter ride.

Average temperatures: 16 - 21 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Clothes for layering - jeans, t-shirts and a jumper.
Don't forget: Hiking boots, a backpack and sunnies.