Highlands Ranch, CO Climate


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Highlands Ranch, CO has a semi-arid climate with long, warm summers and short, cold winters. Average summer temperatures range from the mid seventies to the mid eighties while winter temperatures range from the twenties to the thirties. The area receives 14–15 inches of precipitation per year, mainly in spring and autumn. Snowfall is extremely variable and usually totals around fifty inches per year. Highlands Ranch enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine annually, making it an ideal place for outdoor activities such as biking and hiking.

Highlands Ranch, Colorado gets 19 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Highlands Ranch averages 78 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 246 sunny days per year in Highlands Ranch. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Highlands Ranch gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 76 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 87 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 18
Rain: averages 19 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 78 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Highlands Ranch is 7.2 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Colorado.

8.9 Summer - 5.5 Winter
September, August and June are the most pleasant months in Highlands Ranch, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateHighlands Ranch, ColoradoUnited States
  18.7 in.38.1 in.
  78.0 in.27.8 in.
  76.2 days106.2 days
  246 days205 days
  87.0°85.8°
  17.7°21.7°
  7.27
  4.84.3
  5695 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

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 Highlands Ranch with an average high temperature of 87.0°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Colorado. In Highlands Ranch, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Highlands Ranch are September, June and August.
In Highlands Ranch, there are 24.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Colorado.
December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Highlands Ranch with an average of 16.8°. This is warmer than most places in Colorado.
In Highlands Ranch, there are 157.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.
In Highlands Ranch, there are 5.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.
Humidity is low in Highlands Ranch, 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 Highlands Ranch with 2.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 35% of yearly precipitation and 11% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 18.7 inches in Highlands Ranch means that it is wetter than most places in Colorado.
August is the rainiest month in Highlands Ranch with 9.8 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 3.9 rainy days. There are 76.2 rainy days annually in Highlands Ranch, which is less rainy than most places in Colorado. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 34% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 16% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 78.0 inches in Highlands Ranch means that it is snowier than most places in Colorado. March is the snowiest month in Highlands Ranch with 15.6 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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Over 3 years ago

I was born and raised in Highlands Ranch and I know what you’re thinking. “This is a rich girl.” I am not. My parents moved here before it became rich and boujie and the  More

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Worked in the DTC and HR was an easy commute. The people are yuppy- scum-snobs, who do not thank you for holding the door open for their 3+ children, noses held high in  More

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Over 10 years ago

When we moved here from Denver, about 2.5 yrs ago, I did note the affluence, lack of diversity (compared to Denver) and seeming Stepford Wives phenomenon. It is all  More

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