Visitors often forget that Las Vegas is located in the Mojave Desert where dry,
hot and windy conditions are the norm. In general, Las Vegas tends to be comfortably
warm during the spring and fall, extremely hot during July and August, and surprisingly
chilly from December through February. There can also – as is typical in the
desert – be some extreme temperature fluctuations between mornings and evenings.
For example, it is not uncommon in November for the temperature to start out in
the low 40’s F° in the morning, climb to the mid 70’s by the afternoon,
and then plunge back into the 40’s in the evening.
On average, the warmest month
- The highest recorded temperature was 118°F in 1931.
- On average, the coolest month is December.
- The lowest recorded temperature was 8°F in 1963.
- The maximum average precipitation occurs in February.
Medical tourists should take the following precautions, particularly during the
Drink Lots of Water
Unless contraindicated by your doctor, drink more water than you are used to at
home – even if you don´t feel thirsty. Although the low humidity tempers
the heat, you will still get dehydrated rapidly if you don´t drink liquids
frequently. Dehydration is a serious concern for anyone, but it is especially dangerous
for someone who has had a recent surgery as it will hinder the healing process.
Use Saline Nasal Spray
Summers are not only hot, but they are extremely dry. If you are traveling between
June and eptember make sure to pack some saline nasal spray to keep your airways
moist. Not only will you feel more comfortable, but you will protect your nasal
passages from potential nose bleeds.
Protect yourself from the desert sun by using sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
Las Vegas boasts more than 300 days of sunshine a year, making it a golfer’s
paradise and an attractive destination for sun worshippers. However, too much sun
can also be dangerous. Patients who have undergone plastic surgery must be especially
careful to keep out of the sun as it can hinder healing and promote unattractive
To keep yourself protected:
- Avoid exposure between 10 am and 4 pm
- Use a sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or greater (higher if you
are fair skinned)
- Use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation
- Use sunglasses that offer UVA protection
- Wear a hat
Whether hot or cold, Las Vegas’ dry windy conditions can dehydrate your skin.
Put on a good moisturizing cream in the morning and before you go to bed to keep
your skin nicely hydrated.
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