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Climate in Utah

Utah State has a dry, semi-arid climate, with warm temperatures in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter. Summers are generally hot with temperatures reaching the mid-90s Fahrenheit (36-40°C), while winters are cold and snowy with temperatures averaging between 23-35°F (-5 to 2°C). Precipitation in Utah State is quite low on average compared to other states, so it is important to conserve water resources. Snowfall occurs throughout the state during the winter months, bringing much needed moisture to help sustain vegetation. Despite its low precipitation levels, Utah State has some of the most spectacular scenery in North America with its soaring mountain ranges and high desert plains.

Utah, Utah gets 15 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Utah averages 43 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 238 sunny days per year in Utah. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Utah gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 75 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 90 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 17
Rain: averages 15 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 43 inches of snow a year


Utah's annual BestPlaces Comfort Index of 7.1 (10=best) indicates it is about average compared to other states in the United States.

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September, June and May are the most pleasant months in the state of Utah, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Utah, UtahUnited States
  14.8 in.38.1 in.
  43.4 in.27.8 in.
  75.4 days106.2 days
  238 days205 days
  6348 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 Utah with an average high temperature of 90.0°, which ranks it as warmer than most states. In Utah, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Utah are September, June and May.

Utah has 38.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most states in the U.S.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Utah with an average of 16.9°. This is colder than most of the U.S. states.

Utah has 150.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

Utah averages 6.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most states in the U.S.

Humidity is very low in the state of Utah, 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.

October is the wettest month in Utah with 1.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.8 inches. The wettest season is Summer with 30% of yearly precipitation and 18% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. Utah's average annual rainfall of 14.8 inches indicates that it is one of the driest states in the United States.

March is the rainiest month in Utah with 7.5 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 4.4 rainy days. Utah's annual average of 75.4 days with measurable rain is less rainy than most states in the United States. The rainiest season is Summer when it rains 29% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 20% chance of a rainy day.

Utah's average annual snowfall of 43.4 inches indicates that it is about average compared to other states in the United States. January is the snowiest month in Utah with 10.1 inches of snow, and 7 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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