Denver experiences a semi-arid climate. The weather is heavily influenced by the Rocky Mountains to the west, and can be unpredictable. Winters in Denver tend to be cold with temperatures averaging between 17°F (-8°C) and 46°F (8°C). Snow is common in December and January, which makes Denver ideal for winter sports enthusiasts.
Summers in Denver are hot and dry. The temperatures range between 50°F (10°C) and 89°F (32°C). Rainfall is low and days are cloudless and sunny. The relatively mild weather is partly due to the city's altitude – 5,280 feet above sea level.
Late spring and early summer bring massive storms to the Mile High City. Fronts, moisture and strong winds all build together creating thunder and hailstorms that can sometimes cause severe damage.