Metro Denver is situated on the high plains at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Moderate temperatures, low levels of humidity, and abundant sunshine provide an ideal climate for year-round activities.


The Metro Denver region has a semi-arid, four-season environment with mild temperatures and nearly 300 days of annual sunshine.


ClimateSource: U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Coldest Month December, 30 degrees average
Warmest Month July, 74 degrees average
Average p.m. Humidity 43%
Average Precipitation 15.6 inches
Average Snowfall 57.1 inches
Possible % Sunshine 69%

Winter storms are normally short-lived and snow melts rapidly in the region. The nearby mountains and ski resorts, however, receive significant annual snowfall. Metro Denver's climate is best described as semi-arid, averaging more than 15 inches of precipitation annually. 

Additionally, Metro Denver’s ideal location more than 1,000 miles from the nearest coast and outside of Tornado Alley makes its risk of natural disasters minimal when compared with locations in the east, west, and south. (Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Geological Survey)

The Metro Denver region proactively works to maintain a healthy, clean air quality. The Regional Air Quality Council serves as the lead air quality planning agency and works to develop effective and cost-efficient air quality planning initiatives with input from local governments, the private sector, stakeholder groups, and citizens.

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Quality of Life_Air Quality in Major Cities.pdf