Sunshine, CO Climate


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Sunshine, CO has an arid climate that is characterized by hot summers, cold winters and low annual precipitation. The average high temperatures in the summer months hover around the mid-80s Fahrenheit, while winter lows can dip below freezing. Sunshine experiences a relatively dry climate with an average of 11 inches of rain and 24 inches of snow annually. Despite the low precipitation levels, Sunshine's desert climate usually offers plenty of sunshine throughout the year, helping to make it a popular tourist destination for outdoor recreation activities like hiking, biking, skiing and camping.

Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Sunshine is 7.0 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Colorado.

8.8 Summer - 5.4 Winter
August, June and September are the most pleasant months in Sunshine, while December and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateSunshine, ColoradoUnited States
  19.4 in.38.1 in.
  78.5 in.27.8 in.
  90.1 days106.2 days
  245 days205 days
  84.7°85.8°
  18.4°21.7°
  77
  5.84.3
  7116 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 Sunshine with an average high temperature of 84.7°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Colorado. In Sunshine, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Sunshine are June, September and August.
In Sunshine, there are 15.3 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 Sunshine with an average of 18.0°. This is warmer than most places in Colorado.
In Sunshine, there are 160.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.
In Sunshine, there are 6.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Colorado.
Humidity is low in Sunshine, 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 Sunshine with 2.6 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.6 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 37% of yearly precipitation and 11% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 19.4 inches in Sunshine means that it is wetter than most places in Colorado.
August is the rainiest month in Sunshine with 10.9 days of rain, and January is the driest month with only 4.6 rainy days. There are 90.1 rainy days annually in Sunshine, which is rainier 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 78.5 inches in Sunshine means that it is snowier than most places in Colorado. March is the snowiest month in Sunshine with 17.2 inches of snow, and 9 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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