common misconception

There is no denying that it is extremely hot in Arizona between June and into October…

However, that doesn’t mean it’s hot all year round.  Surprisingly, it can get cold in the desert in the winter.  Since we are retiring there in a couple of years, I thought I’d look it up, and here is what I found:

Average Temperatures in Phoenix

The average Phoenix temperatures listed here are derived from data for the years 1980 through 2016 provided by the National Weather Service.

January Weather
Average temperature: 57
Average high temperature: 67
Average low temperature: 46
Warmest ever: 86
Coldest ever: 29
Average precipitation: .91

February Weather
Average temperature: 60
Average high temperature: 71
Average low temperature: 49
Warmest ever: 92
Coldest ever: 28
Average precipitation: .92

March Weather
Average temperature: 65
Average high temperature: 77
Average low temperature: 54
Warmest ever: 100
Coldest ever: 38
Average precipitation: .98

April Weather
Average temperature: 73
Average high temperature: 85
Average low temperature: 60
Warmest ever: 105
Coldest ever: 40
Average precipitation: .27 

May Weather
Average temperature: 82
Average high temperature: 95
Average low temperature: 69
Warmest ever: 113
Coldest ever: 50
Average precipitation: .11

June Weather
Average temperature: 91
Average high temperature: 104
Average low temperature: 78
Warmest ever: 122
Coldest ever: 60
Average precipitation: .02

July Weather
Average temperature: 95
Average high temperature: 106
Average low temperature: 83
Warmest ever: 121
Coldest ever: 68
Average precipitation: 1.05

August Weather
Average temperature: 94
Average high temperature: 104
Average low temperature: 83
Warmest ever: 116
Coldest ever: 64
Average precipitation: 1.0

September Weather
Average temperature: 88
Average high temperature: 100
Average low temperature: 77
Warmest ever: 112
Coldest ever: 57
Average precipitation: .64

October Weather
Average temperature: 77
Average high temperature: 89
Average low temperature: 65
Warmest ever: 106
Coldest ever: 44
Average precipitation: .58

November Weather
Average temperature: 64
Average high temperature: 76
Average low temperature: 53
Warmest ever: 96
Coldest ever: 35
Average precipitation: .65

December Weather
Average temperature: 55
Average high temperature: 66
Average low temperature: 45
Warmest ever: 84
Coldest ever: 26
Average precipitation: .88

So see?  Decent winter temps; not sizzling hot all year long.

That’s all I got.  🙂

24 thoughts on “common misconception

  1. coffeeontheporchwithme

    That's interesting that you know where you will retire to. I'm sorry, I don't actually know where you live right now. Will Arizona be far away for you? We also are thinking about a different retirement location, at least for part of the year. -Jenn


  2. Jeanie

    I LOVE that graphic! IT seems that I always have hit AZ in appropriate weather. But the current temps will be very, very hot! I'm not sure where you are retiring from — could be an adjustment but I think it will be a wonderful spot to settle.


  3. Kathy G

    Oldest Son used to live in the Phoenix area. We visited him in March and October, when things were wonderful. I refused to go in the summer 🙂


  4. Margaret (Peggy or Peg too)

    Each and every time I have been to Arizona it has been PHoenix. It was December or January and I thought I would die from heat stroke. The locals would say, “but it's a dry heat” and I'd say, “so is an oven but I don't wish to sit in it.” I never had the wonderful temps you posted. But there are 50 states so there is something for everyone. If I lived there I would need a pool and cold cocktails 🙂


  5. Catalyst

    Come to Arizona. It's perfect. No hurricanes. No tornadoes. Few snowstorms. No mudslides. Occasional forest fires. O.K. there's that. Winters in the Phoenix or Tucson areas are fabulous. Summers in the White Mountains are fantastic.


  6. tammy j

    this is so funny! they DO talk a lot about their dry heat! LOL
    we have heat tonight much like the daytime heat of today. it's 97 right now at 9:38 pm and it's NOT dry. it's very humid.
    your choice where to retire is not for me. I love rain too much and you will have next to none in every month apparently according to those charts… they measure it in only 100ths of inches!
    but still. I CAN SAY… i'm so happy for YOU!
    you will get well and feel good! xo♥


  7. Silver Willow

    We live about 30 minutes SW of Disneyland in Southern California. Arizona is about an 8 hour drive from where we live. We have visited there many times, and 2 of my best friends live there. Most importantly the Cubbies play spring training there. LOL


  8. Silver Willow

    Southern CA is where we are. Yes, summers will be a huge adjustment. But many homes have 2 a/c units there. It will be rough, and we (well me; he lived in Chicago 40 years) aren't used to rough weather. But I'll be retired and not driving or necessarily having to be 'out and about' in the hot half of the year, so should be tolerable…


  9. Silver Willow

    Gosh, it never hits even 90 there in December or January, and as you can see is more normally 60'ish-mid 70's then. Certainly not heat stroke territory.

    And yes, I have one MUST HAVE for our new home (besides A/C, of course), and that's a pool of our own to replace not being able to visit the Pacific Ocean's views.


  10. Silver Willow

    And I HATE rain and gloomy days with the passion of a million burning suns. It depresses me and slows me down. I'd much rather deal with excessive, dry heat.

    and can't wait! (not for the heat, but for the retirement part.)


  11. Florence

    I'm on the Texas Gulf Coast and the summers are hot and humid but the winters are lovely. We have about 4 months of heat and humidity but the rest of the year is pretty pleasant.


  12. Kay

    We used to avoid going back to Chicago in summer because of the horrible heat. We avoided the dead of winter also. Dry heat always just felt hot to me.


  13. joared

    We lived there for about five years in the late '60s to early '70's. We enjoyed our time there. Dry heat didn't bother me, but after a couple years my body became acclimated and I had to join the natives wearing a jacket in the winter. Carefree was just opening up. We would have preferred moving to Prescott, Sedona. No Major League spring training in Phoenix then, or I'm sure my husband would have wanted to stay in Phoenix. In fact, after he retired here, and I was still working, he spoke of moving back to Phoenix, but I didn't want to go back by then. Hadn't wanted to come here from there years earlier but have come to like it here in So Cal northeastern L.A. County more than I could have imagined. Sedona was beginning to sell housing developments, but more developed now. Phoenix friend sold her house there and bought condo in Phoenix for winter and cabin in Flagstaff for summer. When we lived there Sun City being developed. Black Canyon Fwy and other roads packed on weekends as residents left Phoenix for mtns such as Mogollon Ridge, then returned Sun. night. We drove all over the state and enjoyed doing so. Had a 100 yr flood they called it with water pouring down Camelback Mtn, flooded our street and backed up sewer in all the houses on our side of street except we only got water (not sewage) in two of our rooms. North of us and Camelback Road Paradise Valley houses were flooded as they had been built on desert washes (no good zoning regs — could be a problem buying all over state so check it out before you buy) — recall one house, the woman said the water poured in so she just opened the front and back doors and had to let the water rush through. Only a couple years or so after we moved here, that type flood happened a couple times more there as neighbors across the street from our former house had mud piled up against their patio door twice. We had one dust storm while living there with sand penetrating everything even though doors and windows closed. Rain storms were horrendous and loud thunder with lightening close by but occurred only a few times during monsoon season. Phoenix having a temperature in the 114-115 was extremely rare and didn't happen every year. I think now that happens much more frequently and goes up to 120's as is happening in fabled Palm Springs here in California up the freeway from where I live. Likely will continue even more and maybe higher. I wonder about water access in the years ahead, especially if drought conditions and competition for Colorado River water. Dry heat is definitely preferable to me to the humid heat at ten or twenty degrees lower where I lived many years in the Great Lakes area. There definitely is a difference in heats for me, but perhaps people experience heat differently. I eagerly await May Gray and June Gloom here and love those rare days in Southern California when the sun isn't shining, or doesn't come out 'til noon. As a redhead, I am light-skinned, so enjoy the hours when the sun isn't high and has started going down for beautiful sunsets.


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