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Climate & Temperatures

Best time to travel / Season
Year Round

Climate & Temperatures Nothing about Denver is more misunderstood than the city’s climate. Located just east of a high mountain barrier and a long distance from any moisture source, Denver has a mild, dry and arid climate. The city receives only 8-15 inches (20.3 - 38 cm) of precipitation a year (about the same as Los Angeles), and records 300 days of sunshine a year -- more annual hours of sun than San Diego or Miami Beach.

Winters are mild with an average daily high of 45 degrees Fahrenheit, 7 degrees Celsius in February, warmer than New York, Boston, Chicago or St. Louis. Snow does fall, but it usually melts in a short time. Golf courses remain open all year and have been played on as many as 30 days in January. Chinook winds (a wind blowing down from a mountain that gains heat as it loses elevation) can bring 60 degree F (16 degrees C) weather to Denver at any time throughout the winter.

In summer, dry relative humidity makes Denver feel cool and comfortable, offering natural air conditioning. Fall is a particularly delightful time to visit the city and make day excursions to the mountains to view the colorful changing of the aspens, an event that takes place from mid-September until mid-October.

Jan 6,1 (43) -8,3 (17)
Feb 7,7 (46) -7,2 (19)
Mar 10,5 (51) -3,9 (25)
Apr 16,1 (61) 1,1 (34)
May 21,1 (70) 6,6 (44)
Jun 27,2 (81) 11,7 (53)
Jul 30,5 (87) 15 (59)
Aug 30 (86) 14,2 (57)
Sep 25,5 (78) 9,4 (49)
Oct 19,4 (67) 3,3 (38)
Nov 11,7 (53) -2,8 (27)
Dec 7,7 (46) -6,6 (20)



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