The best times to visit Death Valley for ideal weather are
March 5th to June 3rd
September 17th to November 11th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Death Valley Travel Guide
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Weather in Death Valley
Average temperatures in Death Valley vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 49th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Death Valley, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late July where highs are regularly around 105.8°F (41°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 71.6°F (22°C) at night.
Death Valley Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Death Valley Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Death Valley Perceived Temperature (F)
Death Valley Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Death Valley Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Death Valley are June, September, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early July with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of July 2nd.
When can you find snow in Death Valley? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Death Valley.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Death Valley (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Death Valley has some months with regular humidity, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is June (9.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (36.3%).
Wind in Death Valley is usually calm. The windiest month is April, followed by May and June. April’s average wind speed of around 8.4 knots (9.6 MPH or 15.5 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early May where average top sustained speeds reach 19.6 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Death Valley.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||4.2||Light breeze||10.7||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.1||Light breeze||14.2||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.3||Gentle breeze||16||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||8.4||Gentle breeze||17.8||Strong breeze|
|May||8.3||Gentle breeze||18.4||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||7.4||Gentle breeze||17.7||Strong breeze|
|Jul||7||Gentle breeze||16.5||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||6.9||Light breeze||15.9||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.1||Light breeze||14.5||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.9||Light breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||4.9||Light breeze||11.8||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.1||Light breeze||12.4||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Death Valley?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Death Valley, CA, US is January, followed by July and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Death Valley in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Death Valley Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 94.3°F (34.6°C) and 66.6°F (19.2°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are extremely hot. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Death Valley, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 101°F (38.3°C) and 64.8°F (18.2°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is too cold this time of year in Death Valley to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 68.5°F (20.3°C) and 56°F (13.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.