July is usually the hottest month of the year in Nevada with the sun scorching the arid landscape. The average high temperatures are in the blistering 85°F (29.4°C) to 110°F (43.3°C) range, but night temperatures drop drastically between 40°F (4.4°C) to 80°F (26.7°C). Las Vegas and Laughlin in southern Nevada registers temperatures in the 81°F (27.2°C) to 104°F (40°C) range, while Virginia City in the Reno area is between 60°F (15.6°C) to 84°F (28.9°C). Mountain lodges see plenty of visitors as the conditions are cooler than the plains, and the alpine climate is comfortable during the summer. Camping and fishing in the national and state parks are popular, along with bird watching and spotting wild animals. The precipitation is scarce in and registers hardly to the tune of 1" (25mm) to 2" (51mm). The night skies are astoundingly clear and offer one of the best periods for stargazing of the year. Wear light summer clothing with broad-brimmed hats to counter the blazing sun of July in Nevada.