Average Weather on July 21 in Tempe Arizona, United States
On July 21, the temperature in Tempe typically ranges from 85°F to 104°F and is rarely below 80°F or above 110°F.
For reference, on July 3, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Tempe typically range from 83°F to 106°F, while on December 28, the coldest day of the year, they range from 44°F to 65°F.
The coolest time of the day is from 2:00 AM to 8:00 AM, with the coldest at 6:15 AM, at which time the temperature is below 87°F three days out of four, and below 90°F nine days out of ten.
The warmest time of the day is from 12:45 PM to 7:15 PM, with the hottest at 4:15 PM, at which time the temperature is above 101°F three days out of four, and above 96°F nine days out of ten.
The day has gained half its heat by 10:00 AM and lost it again by 10:00 PM.
Average Temperature on July 21
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the range of temperatures experienced on July 21 throughout the historical record. The horizontal axis is the time of day and the colored stacked areas indicate the percentage of hours spent in various temperature bands.
Temperature Bands on July 21
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average percentage of the sky covered by clouds in Tempe on July 21 varies over the course of the day.
The cloudiest time of day is around 8:30 PM, at which time the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 43%.
The clearest time of day is around 11:30 AM, at which time the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions is 74%.
For reference, on February 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 38%, while on June 14, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 85%.
Cloud Cover Categories on July 21
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
On average, there is a 18% chance that more than 0.04 inches of total precipitation will fall in Tempe throughout the day on July 21, all of which can be expected to be rain.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of precipitation is 21% on August 4, and its lowest chance is 1% on June 13.
For those 18% of years with precipitation on July 21, the chart below shows when throughout the day that precipitation is more or less likely to occur, excluding hourly accumulations of less than 0.01 inches. If precipitation were equally likely throughout the day, all hours would report 4.2% (100% divided by 24 hours).
Precipitation is most likely between 11 AM and 12 PM, and least likely between 8 PM and 9 PM.
Hourly Share of Precipitation on July 21
In Tempe on Sunday, July 21, 2019, the Sun rises at 5:32 AM and sets 14 hours, 2 minutes later, at 7:35 PM. Solar noon is at 12:34 PM.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:18 AM and sets 14 hours, 22 minutes later, at 7:40 PM, while on December 22, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:28 AM and sets 9 hours, 56 minutes later, at 5:24 PM.
Civil twilight, the period before the Sun has risen or after the Sun has set during which time it is possible to engage in most outdoor activities without artificial lighting, begins and ends 28 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 5:04 AM and 8:02 PM respectively.
Nautical twilight, during which time it is possible to clearly discern the horizon (e.g., for navigational purposes), begins and ends 1 hour, 2 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 4:30 AM and 8:36 PM respectively.
Astronomical twilight, outside of which it is possible to make the most sensitive of astronomical observations, begins and ends 1 hour, 38 minutes before sunrise and after sunset, at 3:54 AM and 9:13 PM respectively.
Solar Elevation on July 21, 2019
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
The chance of muggy, oppressive, or miserable conditions in Tempe on July 21 varies over the course of the day, with an average daily chance of 20%.
The muggiest time of day on July 21 is around 5:30 AM, with muggy conditions 34% of the time.
The least muggy time of day is around 4:30 PM, with muggy conditions 8% of the time.
For reference, on August 5, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 24% of the time, while on November 4, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels on July 21
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Tempe on July 21 varies throughout the day, with a daily average of 6.2 miles per hour.
The windiest time of day is around 5:15 PM, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.6 miles per hour, mostly staying between 6.2 miles per hour and 10.8 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 4.0 miles per hour or exceeding 13.6 miles per hour.
The calmest time of day is around 4:15 AM, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.8 miles per hour, mostly staying between 2.4 miles per hour and 4.9 miles per hour, and rarely falling below 1.5 miles per hour or exceeding 6.7 miles per hour.
For reference, on April 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.5 miles per hour, while on August 16, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.7 miles per hour.
Wind Speed on July 21
Over the entire course of July 21 in Tempe, the hourly average wind direction, in order of prevalence, is from the west (49%), south (29%), east (17%), and north (5%).
Wind Direction on July 21
Shortwave Solar Power
This section discusses the incident shortwave solar power reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
The peak incident shortwave solar power per square meter is 0.89 kilowatts at around 12:30 PM.
In contrast, the corresponding value on June 12, the brightest day of the year, is 1.02 kilowatts at around 11:30 AM. The corresponding value on December 24, the darkest day of the year, is 0.52 kilowatts at around 11:30 AM.
Shortwave Solar Power on July 21
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tempe are 33.415 deg latitude, -111.909 deg longitude, and 1,184 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Tempe contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 269 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,179 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,588 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,877 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Tempe is covered by artificial surfaces (71%) and shrubs (29%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (57%) and shrubs (36%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (84%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Tempe, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Tempe.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Tempe according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Tempe is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Tempe and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (63%, 9 kilometers, west); Chandler Municipal Airport (22%, 19 kilometers, southeast); and Scottsdale Airport (14%, 23 kilometers, north).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.
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