The population of Colorado has been on the rise for years, and there doesn’t seem to be any end in sight. While the reasons people want to live in Colorado range widely, one thing that makes Colorado such a desirable place to live in is the consistently sunny weather. While it’s well-known that there are 300 days of sun, there usually isn’t any specification around the remaining 65 days. If you are preparing to move to Colorado, you should know what those 65 days have in store.
Seasonal Weather Habits
Colorado receives all four seasons of weather, here is a glimpse at what you can expect in each season.
The temperature outside heats up as high as 100 degrees due to the hot sun, but the humidity is relatively low. This makes for hot days and pleasantly cool evenings.
Between mid-September to mid-October, temperatures stay between the 60s and drop as low as the 30s. You can expect rain showers and beautiful fall foliage.
Snow falls consistently in the winter, but it doesn’t stay on the ground long. The sun still shines most days to melt it away. Temperatures average between 15 and 50 degrees.
The weather will begin to warm up slightly in April, but wet snow will continue to fall. Expect a mix of rain, snow and hail in the Spring. Temperatures range between 25 and 65 degrees.
Preparing for Weather Habits
It is important for your new home in Colorado to be equipped with sturdy gutters and downspouts large enough to handle heavy precipitation from melted snow and rain from the spring in fall. These will help safely move the rainwater away from your foundation. Additionally, because of the damage to vehicles often caused by large hail, many Colorado residents prefer to move their cars into a garage or under a carport during storms.
Dealing with High Winds
Another weather issue that people relocating to Colorado are unprepared for is dealing with high winds. Gusts upwards of 60 MPH are common in the spring and fall, especially along the Front Range. While most Colorado homes utilize outdoor living spaces, be prepared for strong winds by securing patio furniture, yard decorations, and other outdoor items such as grills, fire pits, or trash cans stored outside. Otherwise, these items can quickly become debris that damages your new home.
Adjusting to the Indoors
Low humidity levels are great for spending time outside in the summer, but they can be tough to handle indoors, especially during the winter. Living in Colorado means adjusting to the lower humidity levels, and for many people, this means purchasing humidifiers. This is especially true during the winter months when cold, dry air can cause scratchy throats and irritation of the respiratory system. Humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes ranging from small portable units designed for bedrooms to whole-house systems that use the HVAC ducts to raise the indoor humidity levels. The right humidifier for your new home will depend on your personal comfort level.
Relocating to Colorado is a popular choice because of the great weather, but preparing for the unpredictable changes does take adjusting. If you are looking to learn more about moving to Colorado, let me know! I’d be happy to take you on a tour of the area and show you around different neighborhoods.