Lake Tahoe Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Lake Tahoe, California - CA, USA)

Panoramic vista, showing shorelineThe westerly situation of Lake Tahoe and its relative proximity to the North Pacific Ocean moderates the overall climate. Lake Tahoe can feel quite cool at times, although in the summer, the predictable sunny weather sees temperatures skyrocket between the months of June and September, peaking in July at anywhere between 30°C / 86°F and 35°C / 95°F.

Whilst annual precipitation is not high around Lake Tahoe, the levels are noticeably raised between November and March, when a combination of both rainy and snowy weather can be expected. The winter climate is usually relatively mild by day, also bitterly cold by night with harsh frosts and icy spells.

Picture of the Emerald Bay

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

By April, the great thaw has arrived and the Lake Tahoe climate begins to show definite signs that spring is on its way. However, whilst daytime temperatures quickly begin to creep up to 20°C / 68°F on thereabouts, the evenings and nights can be very cold indeed, so if you are out and about at this time, you will definitely need to wrap up well.

Summer is always a busy time, when the fine weather allows endless recreational attractions become possible, particularly within the neighboring Burton Creek State park, the Sugar Pine Point State Park and the considerably larger Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park. The famous Californian sunshine will not disappoint, should you simply wish to lounge around and improve your tan.

Lake Tahoe Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



7°C / 45°F
-6°C / 21°F


11°C / 52°F
-4°C / 25°F


14°C / 57°F
-2°C / 28°F


17°C / 63°F
1°C / 34°F


23°C / 73°F
5°C / 41°F


28°C / 82°F
8°C / 46°F


33°C / 91°F
11°C / 52°F


31°C / 88°F
10°C / 50°F


27°C / 81°F
5°C / 41°F


20°C / 68°F
1°C / 34°F


12°C / 54°F
-3°C / 27°F


7°C / 45°F
-7°C / 19°F