Denver, Colorado 

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Climate in Denver, Colorado

Denver, CO is located in a semi-arid continental climate zone which generally sees long periods of sunshine throughout summer days and cooler days during winter season along with some snowfall here or there. Temperature ranges between 20°F (-7°C) at night to 88°F (31°C) at noon during hottest months of summertime while rainfall remains minimal but thunderstorms hit certain locations occasionally especially during late spring/early summer periods here or there..

Denver, Colorado gets 17 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Denver averages 60 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 245 sunny days per year in Denver. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Denver gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 83 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 89 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 18
Rain: averages 17 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 60 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Denver is 7.3 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Colorado.

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June, September and August are the most pleasant months in Denver, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Denver, ColoradoUnited States
  16.7 in.38.1 in.
  60.2 in.27.8 in.
  83.1 days106.2 days
  245 days205 days
  5279 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 Denver with an average high temperature of 88.9°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Colorado. In Denver, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Denver are September, June and May.

In Denver, there are 33.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Colorado.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Denver with an average of 16.9°. This is warmer than most places in Colorado.

In Denver, there are 155.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.

In Denver, there are 5.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.

Humidity is low in Denver, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

May is the wettest month in Denver with 2.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 36% of yearly precipitation and 10% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 16.7 inches in Denver means that it is about average compared to other places in Colorado.

May is the rainiest month in Denver with 10.1 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 4.7 rainy days. There are 83.1 rainy days annually in Denver, which is rainier than most places in Colorado. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 18% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 60.2 inches in Denver means that it is about average compared to other places in Colorado. March is the snowiest month in Denver with 11.7 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Overpriced and extremely overrated. - 10/10/2022
    I've lived in the Denver area for about eight years now. Moved here for college planning to get out as soon as I was done with college, and predictably got stuck... Read More

    Overrated and getting worse every year. - 6/21/2022
    I've lived in the city since I was born (1998) and I just was ready to get out. I'm a Denver native and I am ashamed of my city. I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... Read More

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