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Weather & Climate in Yosemite National Park

Once Sierra snowfields start to melt in late spring, streams begin to flow and wildflowers start to emerge, showing up first in lower-elevation meadows in Yosemite Valley. Summer weather in Yosemite is nearly perfect, with warm days and cool nights. Ninety-five percent of precipitation occurs between October and May, leaving the rest of the year mostly sunny. That said, as in any mountain environment, you should always be prepared for occasional afternoon thunderstorms with a raincoat and a midweight layer that you can easily put on and remove.

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