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Average Weather in Payson Arizona, United States

In Payson, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are very cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 31°F to 92°F and is rarely below 22°F or above 98°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Payson for warm-weather activities are from late May to late July and from early August to late September.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.5 months, from June 1 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 3, with an average high of 92°F and low of 63°F.

The cold season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 21 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 60°F. The coldest day of the year is January 5, with an average low of 31°F and high of 53°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

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

Average Hourly Temperature in PaysonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMvery coldvery coldvery coldvery coldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: 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 shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Pegalajar, Spain (5,645 miles away); Elbasan, Albania (6,392 miles); and Al Quţayfah, Syria (7,309 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Payson (view comparison).

Clouds

In Payson, 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 Payson begins around April 9 and lasts for 3.0 months, ending around July 9. On June 18, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 84% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 16% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year begins around July 9 and lasts for 9.0 months, ending around April 9. On February 19, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time.

Cloud Cover Categories

Cloud Cover Categories in PaysonclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Jun 1884%Jun 1884%Feb 1958%Feb 1958%Apr 971%Apr 971%Jul 972%Jul 972%clearovercastmostly clearpartly cloudymostly cloudy
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Payson varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 2.2 months, from July 5 to September 12, with a greater than 19% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 36% on August 4.

The drier season lasts 9.8 months, from September 12 to July 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 2% 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 36% on August 4.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in PaysonwetdrydryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Aug 436%Aug 436%Jun 132%Jun 132%Jan 116%Jan 116%Jul 519%Jul 519%Sep 1219%Sep 1219%rainmixed
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

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. Payson experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.7 months, from June 26 to April 18, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 12, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.3 months, from April 18 to June 26. The least rain falls around June 8, with an average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

The sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent quantity of snowfall in Payson does not vary significantly over the course of the year, staying within 0.1 inches of 0.1 inches throughout.

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall

Average Liquid-Equivalent Monthly Snowfall in PaysonsnowJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0.0 in0.5 in1.0 in1.5 in2.0 inFeb 260.2 inFeb 260.2 inAug 10.0 inAug 10.0 inDec 230.1 inDec 230.1 inApr 30.1 inApr 30.1 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Payson varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 52 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise is at 5:12 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 19 minutes later at 7:31 AM on January 7. The earliest sunset is at 5:15 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 26 minutes later at 7:41 PM on June 29.

Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Payson during 2017.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in PaysonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:12 AMJun 125:12 AM7:41 PMJun 297:41 PMJun 29Dec 45:15 PMDec 45:15 PM7:31 AMJan 77:31 AMJan 7daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Humidity

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 perceived humidity level in Payson, 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 2% of 2% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in PaysonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Nov 220%Nov 220%Aug 43%Aug 43%drydrycomfortablecomfortablehumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Payson experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from September 25 to July 3, with average wind speeds of more than 5.4 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 27, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.5 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 2.7 months, from July 3 to September 25. The calmest day of the year is August 16, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.3 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in PaysonwindywindyJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 mph1 mph2 mph3 mph4 mph5 mph6 mph7 mph8 mph9 mph10 mph11 mphApr 276.5 mphApr 276.5 mphAug 164.3 mphAug 164.3 mphSep 255.4 mphSep 255.4 mphJul 35.4 mphJul 35.4 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Payson varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the south for 1.7 months, from February 19 to April 10 and for 1.2 months, from August 31 to October 6, with a peak percentage of 35% on September 22. The wind is most often from the west for 4.7 months, from April 10 to August 31, with a peak percentage of 47% on July 6. The wind is most often from the east for 4.5 months, from October 6 to February 19, with a peak percentage of 42% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in PaysonESWSEJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westeastsouthnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Payson 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 Payson for general outdoor tourist activities are from late May to late July and from early August to late September, with a peak score in the third week of June.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Paysonbest timebest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.47.40.60.67.47.46.66.6 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Payson for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid August, with a peak score in the first week of July.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Paysonbest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.65.60.00.0 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturebeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Payson typically lasts for 7.1 months (219 days), from around April 3 to around November 8, rarely starting before March 10 or after April 29, and rarely ending before October 18 or after November 30.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Paysongrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%50%Apr 350%Apr 350%Nov 850%Nov 890%Apr 2990%Apr 2990%Oct 1890%Oct 1810%Mar 1010%Mar 1010%Nov 3010%Nov 300%Dec 310%Dec 31Jul 24100%Jul 24100%freezingvery coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: 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 black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Payson should appear around February 28, only rarely appearing before February 11 or after March 19.

Growing Degree Days

Growing Degree Days in PaysonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0°F500°F1,000°F1,500°F2,000°F2,500°F3,000°F3,500°F4,000°F4,500°FFeb 2887°FFeb 2887°FMay 31900°FMay 31900°FJul 81,800°FJul 81,800°FDec 314,277°FDec 314,277°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy 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 average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from April 22 to July 9, 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 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

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in PaysonbrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJun 128.6 kWhJun 128.6 kWhDec 243.1 kWhDec 243.1 kWhApr 227.5 kWhApr 227.5 kWhNov 54.2 kWhNov 54.2 kWhFeb 104.2 kWhFeb 104.2 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Payson are 34.231 deg latitude, -111.325 deg longitude, and 4,967 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Payson contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 574 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,996 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,734 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,129 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Payson is covered by shrubs (82%) and trees (18%), within 10 miles by shrubs (66%) and trees (34%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (64%) and trees (34%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Payson, 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 Payson.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Payson 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 Payson is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Payson and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Payson Airport (98%, 3.2 kilometers, northwest); Scottsdale Airport (1.0%, 87 kilometers, southwest); and Show Low Municipal Airport (1.1%, 121 kilometers, east).

Other Data

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.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.