Nevada's climate is sunny and dry, with wide variation in daily temperatures. The normal daily temperature at Reno is 49°F (9°C), ranging from 32°F (0°C) in January to 69°F (21°C) in July. The all-time high, 125°F (52°C), was set at Laughlin on 29 June 1994; the record low, –50°F (–46°C), at San Jacinto on 8 January 1937.

Nevada is the driest state in the US, with overall average annual precipitation (1971–2000) of 7.5 in (19 cm) at Reno. Snowfall is abundant in the mountains, however, reaching 60 in (152 cm) a year on the highest peaks.