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Location-specific Yosemite Forecasts

Yosemite doesn’t just have one weather forecast. To get a sense of the weather in Yosemite, you need to specify which part of Yosemite you’re interested in.

Yosemite covers an area roughly the same size as Rhode Island and elevations from around 1,800 ft (549m) at the lowest point to the peak of Mt. Lyell at 13,114 feet (3,997 m), so we see a lot of different weather forecasts depending on exactly where in the park you’re looking.

A new interactive map from the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy combines weather forecasts, webcams and even air quality sensors to help you get a sense of the weather in different parts of the park.

arc GIS map showing the southern portion of Yosemite National Park


If you know where you’re heading, here are shortcuts to a few point forecasts for different regions of the park:

  • Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias Forecast – the largest grove of giant sequoias in Yosemite
  • Wawona Forecast – the location of The Redwoods In Yosemite Cabins
  • Badger Pass Forecast – during the winter, this area is the heart of snow fun in Yosemite.
  • Glacier Point – the famous view from the rim looking down into Yosemite Valley (in winter the road to Glacier Point is closed to vehicles)
  • Yosemite Valley – home of the most famous of Yosemite’s landscapes
  • Tuolumne Meadows – Yosemite’s high country, filled with excellent summer hiking (in winter the road to Tuolumne is closed to vehicles)

You can also find more Yosemite locations on the NPS page.

Yosemite Webcams

Yosemite’s webcams are your eyes on the ground even when you can’t be here in person. Take a peek to see what the weather is doing in Yosemite in real time.

Yosemite Conservancy Webcams – Inside Yosemite

More Yosemite Region Webcams

Average Temperatures & Precipitation by Month

If you’re in the planning stages, the average temperatures and precipitation can give you a good idea of what to expect. Keep in mind that these are just averages. Depending on the year, the weather for your visit to Yosemite could be much warmer, cooler, rainier or sunnier.

Chart of average high and low temperatures in Yosemite for each month

Average high and low temperatures in Yosemite for each month, from NPS.

Chart of monthly precipitation in Yosemite

Average precipitation in Yosemite by month, from NPS.

What’s the Best Month to Visit Yosemite?

Figuring out the best month to visit Yosemite National Park is a matter of personal preference. Yosemite’s weather varies from the dry warm days of summer to a frosty winter wonderland.

Spring Weather in Yosemite

Purple flowers blooming in Wawona

Spring means gorgeous carpets of wildflowers like these lupines. Enjoy the open meadows near Wawona during your visit.

Spring begins returning to the Yosemite landscape in March. Wildflowers begin to make their appearance in the warmer lower elevations first and then continue to bloom uphill. Waterfalls hit their peak as warm days melt the high country snows. Spring is the season for moonbows, wildflowers, and waterfalls.

Considering a spring visit to Yosemite? Check out these month-by-month guides for what to expect:

Summer Yosemite Weather

View from Yosemite's Tunnel View

During the glorious days of summer, expect warm sunny days and cool nights. Except for the occasional afternoon thunderstorm, summer is our dry season, so the weather is just this side of heaven and an ideal time to take advantage of the local swimming holes near Wawona and explore the park at large.

Have an idea when you want to visit? Explore Yosemite by month with these helpful guides:

Autumn Weather in Yosemite

Fall foliage and Yosemite Falls

Autumn weather takes the edge off the summer heat with cooler temperatures and all the great access to the far reaches of the park available in summer. The waterfalls have waned over the course of the summer, but hikers and rock climbers love the fall temperatures for getting out on the trails and climbing routes. Plus, the leaves are turning, lighting the forest with touches of gold, peach, and rose.

Find out what to expect in:

Winter Weather

Winter view of Yosemite Valley
Winter is Yosemite’s quiet season. The cliffs and forests are tucked in beneath blankets of snow, with many sun-filled days. The waterfalls are recharged with the first precipitation of fall, and if your timing is right, you may encounter glorious natural wonders during the winter such as frazzle ice, or the Horsetail natural firefall. This is also a great season to discover excellent rates and deals on Yosemite cabins.

Explore more winter information:

If you decide to visit in the winter, be sure you know about when tire chains may be required on your vehicle. Right before your visit, the best way to find out what chain restrictions are in place is calling the road condition hotline at

209-372-0200 (press 1 and 1 again)

to listen to the recording.