Las Vegas: August Weather Averages
|Sunshine Hours||13 hrs|
|Chance of Sunny Day||59 %|
|Rainfall days||5 days|
|Chance of Rain||12 %|
|Chance of Cloudy Day||7 %|
|Chance of Windy Day||20 %|
Averages for Las Vegas in August
After July, August is the hottest month of the year in Las Vegas, USA. The hottest time to visit is at the start of the month, when the average temperature is 33°C (made up of highs of 39°C and lows of 27°C). This average temperature falls to 32.5°C (highs of 39°C and lows of 26°C) by August 11th, 31.5°C (highs of 38°C and lows of 25°C) by August 21st and 30.5°C (highs of 37°C and lows of 24°C) by August 31st.
Even though it only happens once every ten days, temperatures have been known to fall below 21°C and rise above 42°C in Las Vegas in August. The highest temperature ever registered in the city in August is 46°C, whilst the coolest temperature ever registered in the city during this month is 19°C.
With hot average temperatures like these, August in Las Vegas should definitely be reserved for travellers who love the heat and the sunshine. If you’re planning on visiting the city during this month, it’s a good idea to visit toward the end of August, when the temperatures are at their lowest and avoiding the start of the month, when the temperatures are at their highest.
Whichever part of August you choose to visit Las Vegas, make sure you pack plenty of light and airy clothing, swimming gear and suntan cream to avoid heatstroke and sunburn. If you think these scorching temperatures might be too much for you to handle, you might be better off visiting during one of the cooler autumn months, such as October.
The likelihood of you experiencing some rainfall during your holiday in Las Vegas falls as the month progresses, making the end of the month the best time to visit if you want minimum chance of precipitation. On August 1st, the probability of rainfall making an appearance is 13%. This figure drops to 11% by August 21st and falls again to 9% by August 31st. The most common types of precipitation received during August in Las Vegas are thunderstorms, light rain and moderate rain. Throughout the month, the city is subject to an average of 9mm/0 inches of rainfall which is spread out between five rainy days.
Across August, Las Vegas boasts an average of 13 hours of sunshine each day, alongside median cloud coverage of 0%. This means that no matter which part of the month you visit the city, you’ll have plenty of sunny days and ample opportunity to work on your tan by your hotel’s swimming pool.
Because of its desert Location, Las Vegas stays very dry throughout the year. In August, the relative humidity for the city falls between 14% (very dry) and 33% (comfortable), rarely dropping below 6% (very dry) or rising above 64% (mildly humid). The air is usually at its driest around August 13th, when the relative humidity for the city falls below 19% three days out of every four, whilst it’s often at its most humid around August 19th, when it rises above 26% (dry) three days out of every four.
Throughout the month in Las Vegas, typical wind speeds range from 0 m/s (calm) to 7 m/s (moderate breeze), almost never rising above 10 m/s (fresh breeze). The highest average wind speed of 3 m/s (gentle breeze) happens around August 5th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s. At the other end of the scale, the lowest average wind speed of 3 m/s normally happens around August 19th, when the average daily maximum wind speed is 7 m/s.
View of the New York, New York hotel at night in Las Vegas, Nevada taken by Noel
Things to do
Adrenaline junkies won’t want to miss the chance to visit Exotics Racing for the ultimate driving experience. Located on Speedway Boulevard and open from 7am to 8pm Monday-Friday and from 8am until 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays, this racing school gives you the chance to drive a Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Audi, Aston Martin, Mercedes or Corvette around their specially-designed 1.2 mile racetrack. If you don’t want to get behind the wheel yourself, there are packages available which allow you to ride in the passenger seat whilst someone else does the driving.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the most popular natural attraction in Las Vegas. Found 17 miles west of the Las Vegas strip, this serene part of the city is full of things to see and do, with a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking and cycling trails, rock climbing, horse riding, mountain biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor centre with exhibitions and a book shop. The highlight of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the reason for its existence – the Red Rock which not only provides ample photo opportunities, but also creates loads of homes for local flora and fauna.
If you’re in the mood for a show, how about Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil? Performed at Mandalay Bay Theatre Thursday to Monday at 7pm and again at 9.30pm, this show combines music with dance and incredible visuals to bring the creativity of Michael Jackson to life in a way never seen before. The show isn’t just a music concert – it’s a plot which follows four friends on a good-versus-evil quest for solidarity and self-belief, packed full of motifs and messages. Of course, the show is full of classic Michael Jackson songs and many of his signature moves, performed by very talented dancers.
For the opportunity to shoot an authentic machine gun, spend a couple of hours at the Gun Store. Located on Tropicana Avenue and open seven days a week from 9am until 6.30pm, this shooting range offers 12 different packages, ranging from child-friendly experiences and first-time shooting to pricey VIP packages and WWII replica experiences. In addition to the shooting packages, the Gun Store also provides classes which teach you about safety, personal defence and how to take care of your gun.
Slot machines inside a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada taken by Prayitno
Eating and drinking out
Travellers with a sweet tooth should head to the Retro Bakery during their holiday in Las Vegas. Located on Durango Drive and open Monday-Friday 8am until 7pm and on Saturday from 10am until 6pm, this bakery serves a wide variety of homemade cupcakes, cakes and cookies. In addition to the traditional flavours, the Retro Bakery also serves seasonal variations which change throughout the year, weekly specials and even vegan treats. If you have a cake, cupcake or cookie in mind, you’re advised to place an order 24 hours in advance so you don’t miss out.
For something more substantial, consider dining at the Steakhouse. Situated inside the Circus Circus hotel and open every evening, this award-winning restaurant serves hot and cold appetisers, salads, mesquite-grilled steaks, crab legs, fish and lobster, all in a comfortable and traditional steakhouse setting. Early bird specials are available between 4pm and 6pm when you can also enjoy cheap wines and half price cocktails.
For a glimpse of old Vegas, pop into the Dispensary Lounge for a drink. Decorated in true traditional Vegas style with a waterwheel, shag carpeting, fake plants and leotard-wearing serving staff, this bar boasts live Jazz performances which happen on ad hoc evenings. You’ll find the bar on Tropicana Avenue and it’s open 24/7.
Inspired by the iconic James Bond Vesper cocktail, Vesper is a classy bar located within the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel. Compared to the other high-octane bars you’ll find in the city, Vesper is fairly quiet and laid-back, but that doesn’t mean it’s dull. Although there is an extensive drinks list, the focus is on the pricey cocktails which are specially prepared to order by talented cocktail mixers.
Night view of the fountains outside the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada taken by Dieter
Where to stay
For unashamed luxury in Las Vegas, choose the Signature at MGM Grand. This five-star hotel is located on East Harmon Avenue and provides accommodation in the form of four different suites, each of which includes WiFi access and whirlpool spa tub. There is one bar/lounge within the hotel’s grounds, plus a bakery, café, 11 speciality restaurants, seven casual eateries and six places to grab a quick bite. All guests staying at the Signature at MGM Grand also have access to the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon at MGM Grand, plus the Signature fitness centre which is open 24/7.
If you’re holidaying in Las Vegas on a budget, consider staying at Element by Westin Las Vegas Summerlin. Surrounded by first-class restaurants, shopping centres, and golf courses, this hotel is perfect for people who want to enjoy everything that Las Vegas has to offer away from the strip. Here guests can choose between studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom suites, each of which includes flat-screen TV and kitchenette. There is a 24-hour gourmet grab-and-go café provided onsite, as well as a breakfast bar.
The New York New York Las Vegas Hotel and Casino is ideal for families and couples searching for a mid-range hotel Las Vegas. This New York-themed hotel provides guests with eight different varieties of rooms and suites, each of which comes with NY-themed amenities and décor. There are 12 different international restaurants available onsite, ranging from all-you-can-eat buffets to New York diners, plus nine different bars, some of which are themed. The onsite casino offers more than 67 table games, 1,500 slots and sports betting, whilst the spa is the place to go for manicures, pedicures, facials and massages.
The Palms Casino Hotel is another top pick when it comes to mid-range hotels. There are many choices when it comes to accommodation here, with rooms and suites divided between the Towers, Guestrooms, Palms Signature, Luxe Collection and Palms Place, guaranteeing something for all budgets and group sizes. What makes the Palms Casino Hotel so outstanding is its 95,000-square-foot casino, which has all the latest slot machines, classic games, lounges, bars and restaurant that you’ll ever need. There is also a theatre, swimming pool, spa and cinema.
August events in Las Vegas
1st August 2015 to 31st August 2015
Described as "The Sexiest Show on Earth," X Burlesque at the Flamengo, located on the Las Vegas Boulevard, features six beautiful women showcasing their seductive, sexy dance moves. This excellent show is on most nights of the week in August and is open only to those over the age of 21.
Mystère by Cirque du Soleil
1st August 2015 to 31st August 2015
Cirque du Soleil presents Mystère, a vibrant show fusing together elements of performance art, music and culture from around the world. The show is on every night of the week at 7pm and 9:30pm at Treasure Island in the Mystère Theatre.
Def Con X Underground
1st August 2015 to 8th August 2015
The Alexis Park Hotel and Resort hosts a convention of the largest number of computer hackers in one place, where you can learn state of the art security techniques and how to defend yourself from those who know best, in the first week of August.