Denver Travel Guide


Denver has a semi-arid climate characterized by dry winters, wetter springs, low-humidity summers, and pleasant falls. While Denver is located on the Great Plains, the weather of the city and surrounding area is heavily influenced by the proximity of the Rocky Mountains to the west. In the winter, the storms that dump huge amounts of snow in the mountains get blocked by the towering Front Range mountains. So, Denver tends to have dry winters that receive less snow than one may expect. In the early spring and summer, the warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico influences the area and thunderstorms are prevalent, especially in the afternoon.

The climate, while considered mild compared to the mountains to the west and the plains further east, can often be very unpredictable. An often-repeated saying of Denverites is "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." Measurable amounts of snow have fallen in Denver as late as Memorial Day and as early as Labor Day, although trace amounts have been recorded in June.

Denver averages 15.4 inches (391 mm) of precipitation per year. The average annual snowfall is around 60 inches. Denver receives over 250 days of sunshine a year, more than the "sunny" cities of Honolulu, San Diego, and Miami. January's average daily high is 43° F with a daily low of 15°F. July's average high is 88°F with a low of 59°F.


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