View Full Version : Nevada in May, too hot?

12-30-2009, 04:25 PM
I think I'm headed to Moab mid to late May. I may head to Nevada first from the midwest. Seems like there are a lot of Nevada adventurers on here,,,,what say ye?

12-31-2009, 03:44 PM
There is a chance of thunderstorms, hail, snow, rain, flash floods, below freezing temperatures, temperatures in the low 90's, high winds and any other wierd weather you can imagine. Other than that, the weather will be perfect.

12-31-2009, 05:23 PM
I'll agree to that Rockcrusher. If You don't like the weather wait a bit it'll change

01-01-2010, 06:17 AM
May pop over around May for a Week.Have to see somethings at Walker Lake.Cottonwood Lane,i think is the Way called heading towards South-east towards Aurora

01-01-2010, 11:58 AM
I go out year-round; in the warmer months, I make sure to wear loose-fitting clothing (usually cargo pants & a long-sleeve T-shirt) that cover all skin, to protect against sweat evaporation from the sun (and sunburn), as well as a floppy hat (or Panama-type hat) to keep the sun off of my neck. And LOTS of water/fluids! Don't overdo anything, and take LOTS of breaks to not over-exert yourself.

May in Nevada is fine; usually high 90s, sometimes 100+ but not often.

A lot of folks don't understand the reason behind wearing long-sleeves in the heat; it is actually cooler, as the material allows your body to build up a "sweat barrier" and as the air moves across the sweat, it cools it and in turn cools your body. With MANY summers in VERY hot climes while in the military, this method works very well, and I continue it to this day. Sure, I sweat a lot, but I actually sweat less than others who are wearing shorts & short-sleeves....my sweat evaporates slower while staying covered up than those who have their skin exposed to the sun.

Don't believe me? Ask a Bedouin!

David A. Wright
01-02-2010, 09:27 AM
It is vague as to exactly where in Nevada you are inquiring about. However, as stated, the weather can be at both extremes and anything in between.

Several rules of thumb - extreme southern Nevada - mild to warm days, cool to chilly nights. Central Nevada, depends on elevation; but basically I'd be prepared for the colder side of the thermometer. Northern Nevada, cool to frigid.

Basically in May, anything above 4,000 feet will have mild days to cold nights. I've seen heavy snowfall and near blizzard conditions at the semi ghost town of Ione and the ghost town of Grantsville in the last days of May ( http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/trips/t2006a.htm ). In June, in northern Nevada, I wore cool weather clothing and sweatshirts my entire trip ( http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net/trips/t2001a.htm ). Below 4,000 feet I'd be prepared with clothing for both extremes. It may be close to 100 during the day, in the 40s at night. If you are headed for the Colorado River area, you'll be pretty safe to be prepared for heat.

Nevada is a big state and is one of the most mountainous states in the Union. It has wide fluctuations of temperature and weather. Elevation and lattitude make big differences in Nevada. Be prepared for heat stroke and hypothermia simultaneously.

01-02-2010, 02:32 PM
Don't believe me? Ask a Bedouin!

Or any one of the numerous Mexican roofers around here.

Southern Nevada (Clark and Southern Nye county) starts to get warm in late May, though usually not too bad. It might hit a 100 late afternoon but it's not 100+ all day like in July and August. Nights are usually in the 60's. Central and Northern Nevada will be mid 80's with cool nights, usually in the 50's. Higher elevations will be cooler and likely the chance of a freak snow storm following a rain storm.

The biggest issue will be snow pack in the higher elevations. It's not unusual to hit a wall of snow going to some remote high wilderness area like Sprucemont, the Western route to Jarbidge, etc.

01-03-2010, 09:37 AM
Yes Nevada's weather can change quite a bit. In May you might run into mud washouts snow or dry semi smooth roads, if the teens haven't had fun digging deep ruts, and nice days. Nevada is still my favorite state, only enemies, 2 legged snakes, maybe a rattler or 2, as long as your carefull you can avoid the rattler. In May depending on the winter you should be safe. Remember to be prepared

01-07-2010, 06:38 PM
All advice appreciated.

02-02-2010, 09:21 AM
David I couldn't get to you website http://www.gbr.4wdtrips.net is there something wrong with the site or my comp?

David A. Wright
02-02-2010, 04:50 PM
The host site 4wdtrips.net has been down all day, thus so is mine. Don't have a clue as to why.

02-03-2010, 04:57 AM
Given our home location, work and school schedules, we really don't have a choice when we can get to visit the desert.

Too hot in Nevada in May?

Try Death Valley in July:




07-14-2010, 03:52 PM
I had to cancel my May vacation so now it looks like I will be there earl;y September.