Average Weather in Black Canyon City Arizona, United States
In Black Canyon City, the summers are sweltering, dry, and mostly clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 101°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 107°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Black Canyon City for hot-weather activities is from early June to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 31 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 93°F. The hottest day of the year is July 3, with an average high of 101°F and low of 77°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 19 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 70°F. The coldest day of the year is December 26, with an average low of 41°F and high of 62°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 Black Canyon City, 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 Black Canyon City begins around August 19 and lasts for 2.6 months, ending around November 6. On September 18, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 85% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 15% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 6 and lasts for 9.4 months, ending around August 19. On February 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 40% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 60% 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 Black Canyon City varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.2 months, from July 6 to September 14, with a greater than 14% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 27% on August 3.
The drier season lasts 9.8 months, from September 14 to July 6. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 9.
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 27% 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. Black Canyon City experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from July 1 to April 10, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 15, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from April 10 to July 1. 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 Black Canyon City varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2020, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 53 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 18 minutes later at 7:34 AM on January 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:18 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 25 minutes later at 7:44 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Black Canyon City during 2020.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
The perceived humidity level in Black Canyon City, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 5% of 5% throughout.
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 Black Canyon City experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from September 29 to July 7, with average wind speeds of more than 7.2 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 26, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 2.7 months, from July 7 to September 29. The calmest day of the year is August 15, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Black Canyon City varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 1.4 months, from March 1 to April 13; for 2.0 months, from April 27 to June 26; and for 2.4 months, from July 22 to October 3, with a peak percentage of 39% on June 5. The wind is most often from the west for 2.0 weeks, from April 13 to April 27 and for 3.7 weeks, from June 26 to July 22, with a peak percentage of 37% on July 5. The wind is most often from the east for 4.9 months, from October 3 to March 1, with a peak percentage of 39% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Black Canyon City 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 Black Canyon City for general outdoor tourist activities are from late April to mid June and from early September to late October, with a peak score in the last week of September.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Black Canyon City for hot-weather activities is from early June to late September, with a peak score in the last 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 Black Canyon City typically lasts for 11 months (340 days), from around January 13 to around December 18, rarely starting after February 23, or ending before November 24.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Black Canyon City should appear around January 21, only rarely appearing before January 14 or after January 30.
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 2.8 months, from April 21 to July 14, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 12, with an average of 8.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 4 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 23, with an average of 3.0 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Black Canyon City are 34.071 deg latitude, -112.151 deg longitude, and 2,238 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Black Canyon City contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 958 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,150 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (5,056 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,060 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Black Canyon City is covered by shrubs (100%), within 10 miles by shrubs (98%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (82%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Black Canyon City, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Black Canyon City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Black Canyon City 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 Black Canyon City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Black Canyon City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Phoenix-Deer Valley Airport (55%, 43 kilometers, south); Ernest A. Love Field (16%, 69 kilometers, north); Payson Airport (15%, 78 kilometers, east); and Sedona Airport (14%, 93 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .