Average Weather in Glendale Arizona, United States
In Glendale, the summers are sweltering and dry, the winters are cool, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 106°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 112°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Glendale for hot-weather activities are from late May to early July and from late August to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 98°F. The hottest day of the year is July 5, with an average high of 106°F and low of 82°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 20 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F. The coldest day of the year is December 27, with an average low of 44°F and high of 65°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Glendale, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Glendale begins around April 9 and lasts for 3.1 months, ending around July 12. On June 14, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 86% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 14% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around July 12 and lasts for 8.9 months, ending around April 9. On February 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 38% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 62% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Glendale varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 8.5 months, from July 6 to March 20, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 19% on August 13.
The drier season lasts 3.5 months, from March 20 to July 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 13.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 19% on August 13.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Glendale experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.8 months, from July 10 to April 3, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 19, with an average total accumulation of 1.1 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from April 3 to July 10. The least rain falls around June 6, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Glendale varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 56 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 23 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:18 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 16 minutes later at 7:33 AM on January 7. The earliest sunset is at 5:20 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 22 minutes later at 7:42 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Glendale during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases
Glendale experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 30 to September 23, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 6% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 14, with muggy conditions 23% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is December 8, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Glendale experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from October 21 to July 13, with average wind speeds of more than 6.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.7 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.3 months, from July 13 to October 21. The calmest day of the year is August 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.8 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Glendale varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.6 months, from March 3 to September 22, with a peak percentage of 52% on July 6. The wind is most often from the east for 5.4 months, from September 22 to March 3, with a peak percentage of 50% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Glendale throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Glendale for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid April to mid June and from late September to early November, with a peak score in the second week of October.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Glendale for hot-weather activities are from late May to early July and from late August to late September, with a peak score in the second week of June.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Temperatures in Glendale are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from April 20 to July 16, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 13, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 5 to February 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 24, with an average of 3.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Glendale are 33.539 deg latitude, -112.186 deg longitude, and 1,152 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Glendale is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 82 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,148 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (1,542 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (6,952 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Glendale is covered by artificial surfaces (77%) and shrubs (23%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (59%) and shrubs (36%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (86%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Glendale, 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 Glendale.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Glendale 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 Glendale is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Glendale and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Luke Air Force Base (41%, 17 kilometers, west); Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport (29%, 19 kilometers, northeast); and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (30%, 21 kilometers, southeast).
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .