Las Vegas weather
Remember to pack these
Saline nasal spray
Don't forget that the city is located in the middle of the freakin' Mojave Desert. That means the air is dry. DRY. You might not think about humidity much, but your nasal passage pay close attention to it and just love to remind you in subtle ways like nosebleeds.
We know, you figure you won't need any because you plan on gambling in a casino and staying outdoors only long enough for the UV rays to burn off some of the cigarette smoke that's infested your clothes. Put on sunscreen anyway, especially from May through October. You'll be amazed at just how quickly the Las Vegas sun can burn.
(Irish visitors should read this advice twice... once between each coat of sunscreen.)
Heavy-duty moisturizer and hand lotion
Crocodile skin on vacation is a bummer.
Pretty much mandatory during most months of the year. Luckily if you forget them, you can buy a pair of cheap ones at any number of souvenir shops on the Strip or Downtown.
Extra underwear and some soothing powder
Ladies, this is good advice for you too, but you're not the target audience. Guys, this one is truly for you. Does the phrase "bat wings" mean anything to you? It's not a pleasant thing.
Comfortable shoes, even if they're ugly
Sure, girls, you may start the trip stepping out in your cute heels, but by Day 2 you'll be dreaming about a soft pair of Crocs. Sometimes the best fashion statement is being able to stand without wincing in pain.
What's the weather like in...
(NOTE: These are general guidelines only. Pay special attention to the short-range forecast as your trip draws near.)
Days are typically moderate -- temperatures somewhere around the mid-50s -- but dropping quite a bit once the sun goes down. A light jacket will be needed for sure, and more than likely a medium-weight coat and some extra layers, especially if you're the chilly sort or plan on being outside much at night.
February is Vegas' cloudiest, windiest and wettest month. That doesn't definitely mean rain, though. Even in this month Las Vegas is drier than most parts of the country. Days are usually a little warmer than January, but a chilly wind and the rapid cooling after sundown make bringing a light jacket a good idea.
March and April
One of the most pleasant times of year to visit Las Vegas. Early in this period you may still want to bring a light jacket or a long-sleeved shirt, but the time mid- to late-March rolls around it's usually perfectly comfortable in short sleeves. By April you'll likely want to pack a couple of pairs of shorts.
May to mid-June
Still very nice, but May often has some hints of the summer heat to come. Shorts and light shirts will usually be your daytime outfit of choice, but it's a good idea to pack some long pants as well for wear at night. Go ahead and pack a swimsuit, especially after the middle of May.
Mid-June to Mid-September
Hot. It's going to be hot. The thermometer will soar above the 100-degree mark early and often, but it is at least the dry desert heat people refer to. What does that mean? Well, the low humidity makes the high temperature much easier to bear, but the combination plays hell with your skin and sinuses. You're going to sweat -- a LOT -- in some places that aren't particularly pleasant to sweat in. At the same time other parts of your anatomy will dry up. Places that are bothersome when they're parched. Do this: all throughout the day drink more water than you may think you need, and before going to bed squirt some saline mist up your nose and slather on an extra-thick coating of some serious moisturizer. These are the months where we can't stress enough our famous piece of advice: Pack more underwear than you think you'll need.
Mid-September and October
Another very nice of year to visit. You'll likely wear shorts more than long pants, especially in the first half of this time period, and you can definitely pack a swimsuit in September. The difference between days and nights in the desert are very apparent during this part of the year. Many a visitor has been surprised when they leave a casino at 7pm and find themselves feeling a little chilly.
This month often has some great weather days, but it's not a nearly sure thing like the previous two months. Don't bother bringing a swimsuit and don't count on being able to wear shorts, especially after dark. By the late part of the month you'll probably want to pack a light jacket. During November and December you'll want to pay especially close attention to the short-range forecast, as the weather in these months can fluctuate quite a bit.
Cold, with wind and occasional wetness. December weather here isn't nearly so harsh as Minnesota or Canada, but it still gets pretty darned nippy. Bring at least a mid-weight coat and, like November, pay special attention to the short-range forecast.