Sun shining over golf course in Phoenix

Sun shining over golf course in Phoenix

This is the second in a series of articles that talk about the city of Phoenix, AZ by Coronation Internet Marketing – SEO Phoenix. In this post, we’ll be talking about the climate in Phoenix. For most of the year the city is a great place to live with wonderful weather. In the summer the heat can get well above 100F and a lot of people find that uncomfortable. Read below for more information about the climate in the “Valley of the Sun.”

When I lived in Texas, it was a common joke that there was only one season, summer, and it is always hot, hot hot! That is the first thing that you need to know about the climate in Phoenix, Arizona, too. It is currently summertime all over the US, and the high temperatures for Phoenix every day this week are over 100, the highest being 109. While Arizona might not be the most humid state by any stretch of the imagination, those temperatures are scalding hot.

Cloud burst over desert near Phoenix

Cloud burst over desert near Phoenix

Since Phoenix, Arizona features a desert climate; you might think that it hardly rains there at all. Even during the heat of the summer, Phoenix has rain in the forecast for this week. However, you would still be right because on average, Phoenix gets seven inches of rain annually. As you can imagine, that isn’t even close to the mean rainfall for US cities.

Out in the desert, with all the heat and very little rain, would you expect Phoenix to have any winter. I used Texas as an example earlier, and while it’s not likely to snow there or hit below freezing temperatures very often, there are still those cold winter days and especially those cold winter nights. The same goes for Phoenix. To give you an idea of how low the temperatures can drop, January can see temperatures on average as low as 35 degrees.

While the climate in Phoenix is all about the heat, it does help that the humidity stays away for the most part. Phoenix features a hot yet desert climate. Phoenix is also a quite large and densely populated city, so it’s not like you’re going to be stuck out in the middle of the sand dunes like you would in other areas of the state that are less established.

You were told that the rainfall average in Phoenix each year is around seven inches, and it’s also good to know the number of days each year it rains on average. That rain is spread out over 28 days on average, so that means you can expect it to rain more often than you might think. Phoenix just isn’t going to give you the amount of rain that most other cities enjoy.

Again, that dry heat and lack of humidity do make a difference, though. If it were to rain more often, you could expect that Phoenix would have a more humid climate on top of that heat. And, that would make those hot high temperatures miserable. Texas can get quite humid at times, and while the high temperatures don’t quite reach that of what Arizona residents experience, it certainly feels like it.

You will get a break during the winter months, but you can expect the summer temperatures to last from May through September. The average high in April and October is even in the mid-80’s. Phoenix is a great city, so don’t let the climate scare you off. If you’re thinking about living there, you can always travel to Phoenix first to check out what the climate feels like in person.