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Sunny weather. It’s the No. 1 reason visitors come to Greater Phoenix. According to data compiled by the National Climatic Data Center, Greater Phoenix basks in sunshine during 85 percent of the daylight hours — more often than any other major metropolitan area in the United States.

Greater Phoenix’s average annual temperature is 72 degrees, and the average annual high is 85 degrees. The average high in winter is 67 degrees, and highs frequently flirt with 80 in the spring and fall. And it doesn’t rain much — less than 8 inches a year—which means the weather is ideal for hiking, lounging poolside or watching a spring training baseball game.

As for summer? Hey, it’s hot. The old axiom is that “it’s a dry heat,” and there’s truth to that. The Sonoran Desert’s super-low humidity means 90-degree temperatures feel quite nice, and the arid climate causes perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you cooler and drier. And here’s another hot tip: Summer is the best time to find great rates at Greater Phoenix’s hotels and resorts.

Average Phoenix Temperatures

Month High Fahrenheit High Celsius Low Fahrenheit Low Celsius
January 65.2 18.4 39.4 4.1
February 69.7 20.9 42.5 5.8
March 74.5 23.6 46.7 8.2
April 83.1 28.4 53.0 11.6
May 92.4 33.5 61.5 16.4
June 102.3 39.0 70.6 21.4
July 105.0 40.5 79.5 26.4
August 102.3 39.0 77.5 25.3
September 98.2 36.7 70.9 21.6
October 87.7 30.9 59.1 15.0
November 74.3 23.5 46.9 8.3
December 66.4 19.1 40.2 4.5
Average 85.1 29.5 57.3 14.0