Reno, NV 

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Climate in Reno, NV

Reno, NV is located in a semi-arid desert climate with hot, dry summers and cool winters. The average temperature range is quite wide, ranging from a high of 95 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer months to a low of 25 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter months. During the summer months, temperatures often rise above 100°F, so it is important to take precautionary steps to protect yourself from heat-related illnesses and dehydration. In the winter, temperatures can drop below freezing at night and snowfall occasionally occurs in the mountains surrounding Reno. Overall, Reno enjoys sunny and warm days most of the year with many days of clear skies perfect for outdoor activities or simply enjoying time outdoors.

Reno, Nevada gets 9 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Reno averages 22 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 252 sunny days per year in Reno. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Reno gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 51 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 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 24
Rain: averages 9 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 22 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Reno is 7.5 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Nevada.

8.6 / 5.8

Summer   /   Winter
June, September and May are the most pleasant months in Reno, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Reno, NevadaUnited States
  8.9 in.38.1 in.
  21.9 in.27.8 in.
  51.2 days106.2 days
  252 days205 days
  4505 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 Reno with an average high temperature of 90.6°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Nevada. In Reno, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Reno are September, June and May.

In Reno, there are 41.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Nevada.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Reno with an average of 23.6°. This is warmer than most places in Nevada.

In Reno, there are 130.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Nevada.

In Reno, there are 0.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in Nevada.

Humidity is very low in Reno, 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 Reno with 1.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.2 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 42% of yearly precipitation and 11% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 8.9 inches in Reno means that it is about average compared to other places in Nevada.

February is the rainiest month in Reno with 6.9 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 1.8 rainy days. There are 51.2 rainy days annually in Reno, which is rainier than most places in Nevada. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 39% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 13% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 21.9 inches in Reno means that it is snowier than most places in Nevada. December is the snowiest month in Reno with 6.0 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Reno    91 Reviews
    Great if you can handle the smoke - 5/5/2022
    Pros: Absolutely beautiful. Lots to do outdoors. Lots of community events, live music, performing arts entertainment, street festivals, etc. Many areas are very... Read More

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    Love Reno - 12/3/2020
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