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Lake Tahoe


California

Weather and Climate

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Best time to travel
Year-round. A lot of summer as well as winter activities can be found here.

Climate and Temperatures
Average daily high temperatures in December, January and February are 40, 37, and 39 degrees respectively. However, according to meteorologists, these figure are somewhat misleading as they are taken in the shade, when in fact, direct sunlight readings often approach 100 degrees on western exposed snow fields. The summer season, like the Tahoe winter, is quite extraordinary. Though easily as dry and sunny as anywhere in the arid desert Southwest, daytime highs rarely exceed 80 degrees. Because of the abundance of heavy pine forests and the moderating influence of the 193 square miles of Lake surface, the evenings do not turn cold. June, July and August average just one day of precipitation each and that can be as little as 0.10 of an inch. Spring and fall temperatures are very similar, as are both seasons' rainfall figures, though the March/April/May period averages somewhat cooler temperatures and more precipitation than the fall. Rainfall is usually recorded 14 days out of Spring's 90-day period and on 13 days in Autumn. Spring's average high daytime temperature is 56 degrees, with May's record high 88 degrees and record low 12 degrees. In the fall, the daytime high average is 57 degrees, with September's record high 87 degrees and low 12 degrees.

 

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Source: South Lake Tahoe CVB
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