Average Weather in Maricopa Arizona, United States
In Maricopa, the summers are sweltering, the winters are cold, and it is dry and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 40°F to 106°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 111°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Maricopa for hot-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 26 to September 18, with an average daily high temperature above 97°F. The hottest day of the year is July 1, with an average high of 106°F and low of 79°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 20 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 40°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 Maricopa, 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 Maricopa begins around August 24 and lasts for 2.4 months, ending around November 5. On September 25, 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 November 5 and lasts for 9.6 months, ending around August 24. On February 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 37% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 63% 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 Maricopa varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 7.8 months, from July 7 to February 28, with a greater than 11% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 21% on August 3.
The drier season lasts 4.3 months, from February 28 to July 7. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 12.
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 21% on August 3.
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. Maricopa experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 8.7 months, from July 7 to March 30, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 13, with an average total accumulation of 1.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from March 30 to July 7. The least rain falls around June 5, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Maricopa varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 58 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:18 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 13 minutes later at 7:32 AM on January 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:20 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 20 minutes later at 7:41 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Maricopa during 2020.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
Maricopa experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.9 months, from June 27 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 13, with muggy conditions 25% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 11, 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 Maricopa experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 5.0 months, from February 12 to July 13, with average wind speeds of more than 6.7 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is May 5, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.0 months, from July 13 to February 12. The calmest day of the year is August 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Maricopa varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 7.7 months, from February 19 to October 10, with a peak percentage of 60% on June 14. The wind is most often from the east for 4.3 months, from October 10 to February 19, with a peak percentage of 48% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Maricopa 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 Maricopa for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid April to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the second week of May.
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 Maricopa for hot-weather activities are from late May to mid July and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the third 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.
The growing season in Maricopa typically lasts for 11 months (321 days), from around January 22 to around December 8, rarely starting after February 14, or ending before November 16.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Maricopa should appear around January 19, only rarely appearing before January 13 or after January 26.
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 18 to July 13, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 11, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 4 to February 9, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 3.2 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Maricopa are 33.058 deg latitude, -112.048 deg longitude, and 1,175 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Maricopa is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 49 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,170 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (2,497 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (4,416 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Maricopa is covered by shrubs (72%) and cropland (21%), within 10 miles by shrubs (69%) and cropland (28%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (84%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Maricopa, 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 Maricopa.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Maricopa 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 Maricopa is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Maricopa and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Casa Grande Municipal Airport (42%, 29 kilometers, southeast); Chandler Municipal Airport (38%, 32 kilometers, northeast); and Phoenix Goodyear Airport (19%, 51 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .