Weather in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite’s height varies from 2,000 feet in the Valley to 13,000 feet at the peaks.

Such variations make the temperature fluctuate up to sixty degrees from one location to another. 

Despite this, you should always check the weather forecast for hiking or backpacking in the park. 

You may also find information about park webcams, trail and road closures, and river stream information, which directly influence the waterfall’s flow.

The recent weather forecast for different parts of Yosemite Park is as follows:

Yosemite Valley46℉ to 67℉44℉ to 71℉42℉ to 67℉61℉
Tuolumne Meadows28℉ to 61℉26℉ to 63℉25℉ to 59℉53℉
Badger Pass Ski Area46℉ to 55℉45℉ to 57℉43℉ to 55℉49℉

The weather may change significantly depending on the season and the area of Yosemite National Park.

Here’s a general overview of the weather in Yosemite National Park.

Autumn (September to November)

Temperatures: mild to cool, with highs in the 60s and 70s F (15 – 20℃) and lows in the 40s F (4 – 9℃).

Precipitation: There is a slight chance of rain and snow, particularly at higher elevations. 

Highlights: beautiful fall foliage, fewer crowds, and comfortable hiking conditions.

Winter (December to February)

Temperatures: cold, with highs in the 40s and 50s F (4 to 10℃) and lows in the 20s and 30s F (-7 to -1℃).

Precipitation: Snowfall is common, especially at higher elevations. The valley floor may see occasional snowfalls but will generally experience more rain.

Highlights: winter sports like skiing and snowboarding, snow-covered scenery and fewer crowds.

Spring (March to May)

Temperatures: Mild to warm, with highs in the 50s to 60s F (10 – 15℃) and lows in the 30s and 40s F (-1 to 4℃).

Precipitation: The chance of rain increases as spring progresses.

Highlights: wildflowers blooming, waterfalls flowing at their peaks, and comfortable hiking conditions.

Summer (June to August)

Temperatures: Warm to hot, with highs in the 80s and 90s F (27 – 32℃) and lows in the 50s and 60s F (10 – 15℃).

Precipitation: There is a slight chance of thunderstorms, especially in the afternoon.

Highlights: Long days perfect for exploring the park, swimming in lakes and rivers, and outdoor activities.

Checking the weather conditions and being ready for sudden changes is crucial for travelers, particularly at higher altitudes.

Also, travel plans may be affected by road closures brought on by snow or weather-related issues, so being informed is essential for a fun and safe trip to Yosemite.

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