South Lake Tahoe, California 

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Climate in South Lake Tahoe, California

The climate in South Lake Tahoe, CA is generally mild, with warm summers and cold winter months. During the summer months, average temperatures range from highs of 70 degrees Fahrenheit to lows of 50 degrees. During the winter months, temperatures can drop as low as 20 and reach highs around 40. The area also receives a good amount of snowfall during the colder months which can lead to great skiing opportunities in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains. In general, South Lake Tahoe is an excellent place to visit year round for its temperate climate and fun outdoor activities.

South Lake Tahoe, California gets 23 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

South Lake Tahoe averages 142 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 249 sunny days per year in South Lake Tahoe. The US average is 205 sunny days.

South Lake Tahoe gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 61 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 80 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 21
Rain: averages 23 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 142 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for South Lake Tahoe is 6.7 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in California.

9.1 / 4.7

Summer   /   Winter
August, July and September are the most pleasant months in South Lake Tahoe, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  South Lake Tahoe, CaliforniaUnited States
  23.3 in.38.1 in.
  142.4 in.27.8 in.
  60.6 days106.2 days
  249 days205 days
  6237 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for South Lake Tahoe with an average high temperature of 79.5°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in California. In South Lake Tahoe, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for South Lake Tahoe are August, July and September.

In South Lake Tahoe, there are 1.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in California.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for South Lake Tahoe with an average of 21.1°. This is one of the coldest places in California.

In South Lake Tahoe, there are 182.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the coldest places in California.

In South Lake Tahoe, there are 2.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is one of the coldest places in California.

Humidity is very low in South Lake Tahoe, so low that the dry air may be uncomfortable for some people. There are few days during the year when the humidity is even noticable. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

December is the wettest month in South Lake Tahoe with 3.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.3 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 46% of yearly precipitation and 6% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 23.3 inches in South Lake Tahoe means that it is wetter than most places in California.

January is the rainiest month in South Lake Tahoe with 8.2 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 1.3 rainy days. There are 60.6 rainy days annually in South Lake Tahoe, which is about average compared to other places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 39% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 10% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 142.4 inches in South Lake Tahoe means that it is one of the snowiest places in California. February is the snowiest month in South Lake Tahoe with 31.3 inches of snow, and 8 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for South Lake Tahoe    10 Reviews
    Meh. Pretty boring - 7/1/2020
    Pretty boring town. Very run down and seedy too. Lake is nothing special either. I much prefer the Pacific coast or even the Atlantic coast or great... Read More

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    Overpriced overhyped overrated dump - 5/18/2020
    Seriously I don't get what the big deal about this dump is everything is grossly overpriced scenery is boring and not at all interesting very boring nothing to do very... Read More

    Beautiful place - 1/25/2020
    Beautiful place to live. This site has most of the details wrong, has somehow lumped it together with Sacramento. Elevation is 6250 feet at the lake. Weather is cold in... Read More

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