Average Weather On July 4 For Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Location

This report describes the typical weather at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (Phoenix, Arizona, United States) weather station over the course of an average July 4. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.

Phoenix, Arizona has a hot desert climate. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by shrublands (85%), croplands (5%), forests (4%), built-up areas (3%), and grasslands (2%).

Temperature

The temperature typically varies from 83°F to 106°F and is rarely below 77°F or above 111°F.

Temperature

Average hourly temperature (black) with percentil bands (inner band from 25th to 75th percentile, outer band from 10th to 90th percentile).

The coolest hours of the day are from 2am to 8am with the coldest at 6am, at which time the temperature is below 87°F three days out of four.

The warmest hours of the day are from noon to 8pm with the hottest at 4pm, at which time the temperature is above 103°F three days out of four.

The day has gained half its heat by 10am and lost it again by 11pm.

Temperature Bands

The average fraction of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid (below 15°F), freezing (15°F to 32°F), cold (32°F to 50°F), cool (50°F to 65°F), comfortable (65°F to 75°F), warm (75°F to 85°F), hot (85°F to 100°F) and sweltering (above 100°F).

Sun

On July 4 the Sun rises at 5:23am and sets at 7:41pm.

Solar noon is at 12:32pm.

For reference, on the longest day of the year the Sun rises at 5:18am and sets at 7:40pm, while on the shortest day of the year it rises at 7:28am and sets at 5:24pm.

Astronomical twilight begins and ends 102 minutes before sunrise and after sunset at 3:41am and 9:22pm, respectively.

Nautical twilight begins and ends 63 minutes before sunrise and after sunset at 4:19am and 8:44pm, respectively.

Civil twilight begins and ends 28 minutes before sunrise and after sunset at 4:54am and 8:09pm, respectively.

Solar twilight begins and ends 36 minutes after sunrise and before sunset at 6:00am and 7:05pm, respectively.

Solar Elevation

Elevation of the Sun above (positive) or below (negative) the horizon (black line). Yellow and gray fills indicate day and night, respectively. Light gray lines are the corresponding curves for the winter and summer equinoxes.

Clouds

The median cloud cover is 31% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the day.

On average, the sky is clear or mostly clear 51% of the time, partly cloudy 20% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 22% of the time.

Median Cloud Cover

Median hourly cloud coverage fraction (black line) with percentile bands (inner band from 40th to 60th percentile, outer band from 25th to 75th percentile).

Cloud Cover Types

The fraction of time spent in each of the five sky cover categories. From top (most blue) to bottom (most gray), the categories are clear, mostly clear, partly cloudy, mostly cloudy, and overcast. Pink indicates missing data. Outside the United States clear skies are often reported ambiguously, leading them to be lumped in with the missing data.

Precipitation

There is a 19% chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during the day.

The average measured liquid-equivalent quantity of precipitation is 0.014". Among only those days for which there is at least some measured precipitation, the average is 0.139" and the total rarely exceeds 0.259".

Probability of Precipitation

The fraction of days in which various types of precipitation are observed. If more than one type of precipitation is reported in a given day, the more severe precipitation is counted. For example, if light rain is observed in the same day as a thunderstorm, that day counts towards the thunderstorm totals. The order of severity is from the top down in this graph, with the most severe at the bottom.

When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (64% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), slight rain (28%), and moderate rain (7%).

Precipitation is most likely around 11pm and least likely around noon.

Types of Precipitation

Relative frequency of various types of precipitation over the course of a typical July 4.

Snow

Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location on July 4 or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.

Humidity

The relative humidity typically ranges from 17% (dry) to 35% (comfortable), rarely dropping below 9% (very dry), or exceeding 50% (mildly humid).

The air is driest at 4pm, at which time the relative humidity is less than 20% (dry) three days out of four; it is most humid at 5am, exceeding 26% (dry) three days out of four.

Relative Humidity

Average hourly humidity (black line) with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

Dew Point

The dew point ranges from 46°F to 51°F with an average of 49°F.

For reference, comfortable indoor conditions should have a relative humidity between 30% and 50% with a dew point of less than 65°F.

Dew Point

Average hourly dew point (black line) with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

Wind

Sustained wind speeds typically vary from 5 mph to 11 mph (light breeze to gentle breeze) over the course of the day.

The peak sustained wind speed typically occurs around 7pm and is rarely outside the range 6 mph to 16 mph (light breeze to moderate breeze).

The wind is most calm around 4am, rarely exceeding 9 mph (gentle breeze).

Wind Speed

Average hourly wind speed (black line) with percentile bands (inner bands from 25th to 75th percentile, outer bands from 10th to 90th percentile).

The wind is most often out of the west (27% of the time), east (20% of the time), and south east (11% of the time). The wind is least often out of the north east (4% of the time) and north (4% of the time).

Wind Directions

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions over the entire day. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.

Wind Directions Over Day

The fraction of time spent with the wind blowing from the various directions on an hourly basis. Values do not sum to 100% because the wind direction is undefined when the wind speed is zero.