Some say you shouldn’t visit Las Vegas in the summer. The reason is the extreme heat present in Nevada’s desert city during the day.
Its extremely hot climate is due to its location in the Mojave Desert, the driest one in North America. The absence of precipitation combined with the desert’s scorching heat results in a climate rarely cooling off. On most days, temperatures exceed 100 degrees in June, July, and August.
While many visitors and locals argue that the dry heat in Las Vegas is better than a humid heat, it’s still not a pleasant time for some people. However, it’s still a trendy destination during this period and actually enjoyable with preparation and thoughtful planning of your activities. In fact, the atmosphere and buzz are fantastic as the summer vibe fills Sin City.
With our complete Vegas summer guide, you can have lots of fun and enjoy the hottest time of the year. Just read on for helpful tips and tricks about
- The weather and temperatures
- 5 essential tips to survive the heat
- What to wear and what to pack
- Pool visiting tips
- How to plan your day and recommended activities
3 Summer Activities You’ll Love
The tours and activities above are our absolute favorites. Check them out for a memorable Vegas vacation in the summer. These are excellent for the summer month as you don’t spend have to spend a lot of time outside exposed to the sun.
Even with the possibility of monsoon rains, if you visit Vegas in the summer, there will never be a time of day when you aren’t warm. Although, the rains do sometimes bring temporary relief and can move temperatures out of the 100s and into the 90s.
During the summer, from June to August, average high temperatures in Las Vegas range from 94°F (34°C) to 105°F (40°C). The conditions are very hot and dry, with little humidity. It rarely rains, with an average between 0.1 and 0.4 inches.
Progression of average high temperatures in the summer months:
- Early June: 94°F (34°C)
- Mid-June: 98°F (37°C)
- Late June: 103°F (39°C)
- Early July: 104°F (40°C)
- Mid-July: 105°F (40°C)
- Late July: 104°F (40°C)
- Early August: 104°F (40°C)
- Mid-August: 102°F (39°C)
- Late August: 99°F (37°C)
Typical temperature progression in the middle of the summer:
- Very Early (5:30 AM): 78°F
- Early (8:00 AM): 85°F
- Afternoon (4:00 PM): 104°F
- Evening (9:00 PM): 95°F
Mornings in the summer start between 78°F (26°C) and 85°F (29°C), depending on the month, and get hotter as the day progresses. The afternoon is the hottest time of day during this period.
The average rainfall during summer in Las Vegas can be expected to be between 0.1 and 0.4 inches. It rarely exceeds 0.5 inches. However, July and August fall into the monsoon season, when summer thunderstorms can happen. They typically come in quickly and leave just as quickly. You can easily wait them out anywhere inside. If you are in a restaurant or casino when a storm starts, you may not even realize there was one until you leave and see the wet ground.
Good to know: It hardly rains for more than 10 or 20 minutes during a storm. After 20-25 minutes, you don’t even know it has rained. There is no need to bring an umbrella or a raincoat for your trip in the summer.
Is the Summer Too Hot in Vegas?
Summer in Las Vegas can be too hot for some travelers. However, it’s a dry heat, which is more tolerable for most people. Additionally, every restaurant, casino, and hotel is air-conditioned, making it easy to relax inside during the hot afternoons.
💡 It can feel as if someone is pointing a huge hair dryer at you in the summer. A few people can’t take it, most tolerate it, and some even love it!
It’s better not to stay outside for a long time, from late morning/midday until around 4 PM. However, if you plan anything on the Strip, you can cool off every 10 minutes in air-conditioned casinos, restaurants, and shops. Everything is so close together that it’s easy to duck into a building when it starts feeling unbearable.
Which Is the Best Summer Month?
The first two weeks of June are typically slightly more pleasant, with temperatures below 100°F (38°C) compared to the extreme heat in late June and during July and August. Additionally, it’s less busy as most school holidays haven’t started yet.
For more details and insider tips for each month, check out our full guides:
A heatwave can even happen in early June. Be prepared for scorching weather conditions throughout the summer months.
5 Essential Vegas Summer Tips
1. Drink lots of water
Because Las Vegas is so hot on most summer days, you’ll need to drink more water than you might think. The Nevada Health District advises that adults should drink one glass of water every hour to keep from getting dehydrated.
Additionally, eat fruits and vegetables as they also contain water. Especially those with high water content, like oranges, tomatoes, and melons. In addition to drinking enough water, these fruits and vegetables help you stay hydrated during the hot summer days.
Stay away from drinking alcohol and sugary drinks during the day if possible, and wait until Happy Hour. Also, drink at least one glass of water for each alcoholic beverage to keep yourself hydrated.
Tip: Bring a water bottle and keep it wherever you go. Fill it up in your hotel room and at the buffets. It’s a lifesaver and less expensive if you have to keep buying it every time.
2. Wear Shoes or Sandals
Regardless of where you are in the extreme heat, never walk barefoot in Vegas. Walking on the pavement without shoes can damage your feet with severe burns, which require medical treatment or even hospitalization. Sidewalk and pavement temperatures easily exceed 160°F during the hottest time of day, from noon to late afternoon.
Walking barefoot on the scorching pavement is as dangerous as running to the water without sandals while trying to beat the heat at the pool. Check this video on YouTube: Hot Pavement in Vegas
Make sure you wear shoes all the time and don’t forget sandals when relaxing a the poolside.
3. Wear sunscreen
Besides hydration, one of the keys to surviving Vegas during the hottest time of year is to have sunscreen with SPF 30 on, depending on your skin type. Apply it every time you will be out and about for more than 10-15 minutes. Additionally, bring aloe vera with you in case you do get a sunburn.
Tip: Bring your own sunscreen. It might sound crazy to buy it before heading to Vegas, but it will save you money. If you purchase sunscreen at the resorts, it will be super expensive. If you forgot to pack it, don’t buy pricey sunscreen at the pools; instead, go off-Strip to a store like Wal-Mart to get a better price.
4. Bring a Hat, Loose Clothing, and a Sweater
When walking outside in the afternoon heat for more than 10 minutes, wear a hat to protect your face and neck. Additionally, loose clothing is essential as it’s easier for your body to cool down without a tight dress.
Check out more detailed outfit tips below from our Vegas resident.
Tip: You’ll want to wear a light sweater to stay comfortable in the casinos, hotels, and restaurants with their arctic air conditioning. It feels frigid inside most buildings as they set the AC on full blast in Vegas.
Extra tip: Surfaces can be extremely hot! Carry a small towel which can be helpful when opening a car door handle, touching a steering wheel, or handling any other overheated object.
5. Planning and Timing Is Critical
During the summer months, it is hot from sunrise to sunset. With dawn temps still above 85°F (30°C), it’s a bit cooler but already warm. Plan any outdoor activities for the mornings and the late afternoons. Keep in mind that this doesn’t just involve longer outdoor explorations like tours but also walking The Strip for a longer period of time or ample pool time.
Check out our detailed activity tips below for the mornings, afternoons, and evenings.
What to Wear / What to Pack
Leave your pants and long-sleeves at home. You won’t need them. You’re going to want to wear as little clothing as possible in the summer or keep your clothing loose-fitting for breathability.
During the summer in Las Vegas, you wear loose-fitting clothes for breathability. Shorts and tank tops are your go-to outfit when being outside. For sun protection, wear cotton and linen cover-ups. Pack swimwear for your pool visits.
💡 Every casino, hotel, and shop is air-conditioned. Thus it can get freezing if you are not used to it. Bring a light sweater for indoors if you get cold easily.
Pools/Swimwear: there are a lot of pool parties, including clubbing pool parties, that you can go to. Bring your best swimwear, because it might end up being your evening wear.
Casino outtift: When going to shows or casinos, there is no formal dress code, and some people go in casual clothes. But it’s a good idea to wear formal jeans or dress pants and button-down shirts, as many visitors do. Ladies should choose an evening dress that looks nice.
Women’s clothing suggestions
- Tank tops or short sleeve T-shirts/blouses
- Breathable leggings or loose-fitting trousers (think linen)
- Shorts or skirts
- Flat shoes or sandals
- Tank tops or short sleeve T-shirts/blouses
- Shorts or skirts
- Your favorite swimsuit, sandals, and a hat
- A dress or jumpsuit with flats or heels
- Bold jewelry to add a touch of glamour
Men’s clothing suggestions
- Short sleeve T-shirts
- Jeans or shorts
- Athletic shoes
- Muscle Tee or short sleeve T-shirts
- Athletic shoes or sandals
- Your favorite swim trunks and flip flops
- Sunglasses, and a hat.
- Dark jeans/slacks and a button-down shirt
- Fitted suit (optional)
- Dress shoes or minimalist sneakers
As always, when visiting a desert in the summer, don’t forget your sunglasses and a reusable water bottle!
Pool Visiting Tips
The best time to be at the pool in Las Vegas during the summer months is in the morning before it gets crowded and too hot. Many visitors don’t spend longer than between one and three hours at the pool between mid-June and mid-August.
Depending on the pool location, you might also want to wait until the buildings provide more shade or choose a pool that offers enough shaded areas in general. For example, you can always find shade at the MGM pools.
You might also want to choose a pool/hotel in the summer that has umbrellas and/or plenty of shade. Some of the pools with umbrellas are:
- Oasis Pool (The Mirage) + enough shaded areas
- Cypress Pool (Belagio)
- Four Seasons
- Mandarin Oriental
- Vdara at Aria (almost as many umbrellas as pool guests)
Alternative: You can rent a cabana where you will have guaranteed shade or even a cabana room with a fridge, TV, bottled water, a safe, and a personal server in addition to seating and definitely enough shade. While expensive, all that will even make an extremely hot summer afternoon enjoyable at the pool.
Find a selection of the best hotel deals below (tip: bookmark the link if you found a good deal!):
Due to the extremely hot weather, hotel rates can be lower than during the month of July. August is still a popular time to visit Las Vegas, however, the cheaper times to book are from Sunday to Thursday, and as the month progresses the crowds get quieter and hotel prices begin to drop.
Planning Your Day
Tour Tip if you want to explore the region: The Mojave, Red Rock Sign, 7 Magic Mountains Tour (see the stunning photo) is just perfect for the summer months as it starts early and takes only 5 hours. If you plan to take other trips during the intense summer heat, pick half-day tours and choose those that start early in the morning (7 AM to 8 AM).
Also, ensure that you are prepared for the intense desert heat. Bring light coverups, plenty of sun lotion, a sunhat, and enough water for your entire trip. The hot desert sunshine is manageable for some time as long as you prepare.
If you’re planning anything outdoors during the daytime, mornings before 9AM are your best bet for somewhat comfortable weather (think 80s-90s). You will want to make sure to be drinking plenty of water and wearing sunscreen if you’re spending any extended amount of time outside during the day. Heat exhaustion and dehydration are not fun additions to your vacation.
Red Rock Canyon is always a gorgeous drive in the comfort of air-conditioning, but it’s not worth risking the heat to hike in the summer midday sun. Consider Mt Charleston instead, as it’s only a 45 minute drive from the strip and is always about 20 degrees cooler. This “sky island” full of aspen trees and bristlecone pines(the world’s oldest organism), will feel like a whole different world from the bustling, burning streets of Vegas.
You can plan to spend most of your time indoors during the summer afternoons unless you are taking a refreshing dip in the pool. Luckily, there are a ton of afternoon shows to keep you entertained while beating the heat. These shows are generally not as pricey as their evening counterparts either!
If you want a unique, air-conditioned entertainment experience, consider checking out Area 15, an off-the-strip building with activities for everyone in your group.
Even when the sun goes down, temperatures are pretty high. If you don’t mind staying up really late, once temperatures start to become more bearable, you can walk the strip and take a ride on the Highroller to see the strip from above(before midnight).
Clubbing in Vegas in the summer is unique because there are night swims, basically nighttime pool parties, and you can wear whatever you like! (No you don’t have to swim, but you might want to after a few drinks!) This can be really nice for guys because the usual dress code doesn’t apply. Maybe clubbing isn’t your thing, but you can always get dressed up for a fancy dinner and a show and stay cool inside. There are more options than you could dream of.
The High Roller at The LINQ | Mornings or Evenings
There’s no better way in the summer season to see Las Vegas than from the top of the High Roller at the LINQ in the morning or later in the evening. It stands over 550 feet (around 168 meters) tall and provides an excellent vantage point for viewing everything going on along the Strip. Reserve your tickets: High Roller at The LINQ
- From 550 feet, take in incredible views of the Las Vegas Valley and The Strip.
- While on your 30-minute ride, enjoy a party with an open bar cabin for those over the age of 21.
- Skip the long wait and get right to the front of the line.
Shin Lim Magic Show
Shin Lim and his up-close magic at the Mirage Hotel and Casino is intriguing. This show is a family-friendly event full of fun intriguing magic tricks. Find more information and tickets here: Shin Lim Magic Show.
Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon
If you book an early morning trip, then the summertime is great to visit Seven Magic Mountains and Red Rock Canyon as you’ll avoid the extreme summer afternoon temperatures that Las Vegas is known for. But still, bring a hat, and water, and apply sunscreen!
Jabbawockeez at MGM Grand
This hip-hop dance group offers a terrific show! You’ll be able to watch exciting, choreographed dances that will certainly impress you. Jabbawockeez is the perfect activity when wondering what to do in Las Vegas in the summer.
Additional details and ticket reservations: Jabbawockeez At MGM.
Area15 (Near Las Vegas Strip) | Afternoon
Area15, an indoor attraction just minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, provides larger-than-life art installations, virtual reality experiences, unusual and intriguing experiences, and events. It’s similar to a shopping mall, except instead of the usual stores, you’ll find artists and unique things to interact with. This is a must-visit in summer as everything is air-conditioned and a great opportunity to cool off.