Sitting at an altitude of 4500 feet, the Reno area offers four distinct seasons without extreme weather conditions. The average temperatures range from winter lows in the 20's to summer highs in the 90's. Low humidity characterizes the area, making the cool days seem not so cold, and the warm days not so hot. Rain is scarce (fewer than eight inches on average annually), as are cloudy days. Snow is certain in the winter (23.5 inches on average per year), though it tends to melt by late afternoon in the valleys. The sun shines more than 300 days a year in Reno, providing warm days, cool nights and blue skies.