Bend has a long list of attractive qualities, one of those being the beautiful weather. With low humidity and clear skies, you can enjoy sunny days and cool nights when living in or moving to Bend, Oregon. Sitting at a high altitude of 3623’. In the high desert of central Oregon, Bend is full of outdoor activities and adventures. The outdoor appeal and beauty can be attributed to Bend‘s four-season year. With beautiful foliage change in the fall, white winters, mild spring days, and dry, sunny summers, there’s so many activities in Bend. Experience winter cross-country skiing or summer paddleboarding in the same area!
Generally, the mornings and evenings average between 30F-40F. However, as soon as the sun peeks out, the temperatures steadily climb throughout the day. Temperatures rarely stay above 90F and below 35F for any duration of time. Locals have learned the art of wearing layers. A jacket or fleece is a must but make sure you like your base layer because, without fail, that jacket or fleece will be overkill by noon.
If rainy, overcast days are your thing, Bend weather is not for you. The average annual precipitation is less than 12 inches a year and most of that is snowfall during the winter. The average annual snowfall is 33.8 inches a year and when it snows, it’s magical. If you’ve never seen snow so clean that it literally sparkles, we highly recommend you come to visit during the winter.
For all of you with a green thumb and the need for a lush vegetable garden, make sure you do your planting research. With a short harvest season of at most three months between frosts, it’s important to learn which fruits and vegetables will flourish in this climate.
Have we mentioned the phenomenal lighting shows? Watching the beauty of nature in its glory, literally light up the sky with huge, vast, lightning bolts is one of the most amazing past times in Bend. It’s the kind of thing you see captured in photos.
As for our sunrise and sunsets, the only word that seems fitting is “Spectacular”. With big open skies and the backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, the vast array of pinks, oranges, purples, and blues never disappoints. In fact, watching the sun rise or set is a frequent and popular activity for locals. It really is worth waking up for!
As for our sunrise and sunsets, the only word that seems fitting is “Spectacular”. With big open skies and the backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, the vast array of pinks, oranges, purples and blues never disappoints. In fact, watching the sun rise or set is a frequent and popular activity for locals. It really is worth waking up for!
Spring Weather in Bend, Oregon
March opens up spring with some continued cold and frosty days. Later spring brings the mild temperatures to Bend with a higher chance of precipitation. Average rainfall reaches its highest point in May at 1.5″. These rainy days allow the beautiful trees and flowers to bloom.
Spring Lows/Highs (°F), weather data according to US Climate Data
- March: 28/51
- April: 30/57
- May: 36/65
Summer Weather in Bend, Oregon
Summer months in Bend are likely to have strong temperature variations between night and day. Experience low temperature, starry summer nights and days with high temperatures up to the 80s. With average temperature in the 60s, Bend summers are full of fun activities. July is the hottest month in Bend for Fourth of July festivities and the Bend Summer Festival.
Summer Lows/Highs (°F), weather data according to US Climate Data
- June: 42/72
- July: 47/82
- August: 46/81
Fall Weather in Bend, Oregon
September brings autumn to Bend, along with beautiful changes in the leaves. Fall weather in Bend tends to stay somewhat mild. The weather conditions are perfect for those family fall hikes and leaf peeping.
Fall Lows/Highs (°F), weather data according to US Climate Data
- September: 40/74
- October: 33/62
- November: 28/47
Winter Weather in Bend, Oregon
Experience winter wonderlands in Bend. The city itself doesn’t accumulate a ton of snow, however, it’s a short drive towards the mountains for those freezing temperatures and winter views. The cold weather also brings those winter sports and activities, including skiing or snowboarding Mount Bachelor ski resort.
Winter Lows/Highs (°F), weather data according to US Climate Data
- December: 23/39
- February: 24/44
- January: 24/41
For more information on what Bend is like year-round, checkout our guide to each season in Bend, Oregon.