Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Sedona Arizona, United States
In Sedona, the summers are hot and mostly clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 94°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 101°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Sedona for warm-weather activities are from late May to early July and from late August to early October.
Climate in Sedona
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 2 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest month of the year in Sedona is July, with an average high of 93°F and low of 69°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.4 months, from November 21 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 62°F. The coldest month of the year in Sedona is December, with an average low of 36°F and high of 55°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Sedona
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 Sedona
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’Aïn el Bell, Algeria (6,081 miles away); İzmir, Turkey (6,739 miles); and Kafr Takhārīm, Syria (7,132 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Sedona (view comparison).
In Sedona, 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 Sedona begins around August 23 and lasts for 2.4 months, ending around November 5.
The clearest month of the year in Sedona is September, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 82% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 5 and lasts for 9.6 months, ending around August 23.
The cloudiest month of the year in Sedona is February, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 41% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Sedona
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Sedona varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.1 months, from July 7 to September 11, with a greater than 22% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Sedona is August, with an average of 11.5 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 9.9 months, from September 11 to July 7. The month with the fewest wet days in Sedona is June, with an average of 2.0 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Sedona is August, with an average of 11.5 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 41% on August 4.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Sedona
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. Sedona experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 10 months, from June 24 to April 30, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Sedona is August, with an average rainfall of 2.1 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 1.8 months, from April 30 to June 24. The month with the least rain in Sedona is June, with an average rainfall of 0.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Sedona
The length of the day in Sedona varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2021, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 49 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 30 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Sedona
The earliest sunrise is at 5:12 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 22 minutes later at 7:35 AM on January 7. The earliest sunset is at 5:15 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 29 minutes later at 7:44 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Sedona during 2021.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Sedona
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 in Sedona
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 Sedona, 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, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Sedona
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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 Sedona experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.3 months, from October 23 to July 2, with average wind speeds of more than 6.2 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Sedona is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.7 months, from July 2 to October 23. The calmest month of the year in Sedona is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Sedona
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Sedona varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 4.8 months, from February 4 to June 29 and for 3.1 months, from August 12 to November 15, with a peak percentage of 46% on June 9. The wind is most often from the west for 1.5 months, from June 29 to August 12, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 15. The wind is most often from the east for 2.6 months, from November 15 to February 4, with a peak percentage of 33% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Sedona
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Sedona 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 Sedona for general outdoor tourist activities are from late May to early July and from late August to early October, with a peak score in the third week of September.
Tourism Score in Sedona
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 Sedona for hot-weather activities is from mid June to late August, with a peak score in the first week of July.
Beach/Pool Score in Sedona
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.
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 Sedona typically lasts for 8.6 months (263 days), from around March 9 to around November 26, rarely starting before February 3 or after April 7, and rarely ending before November 5 or after December 21.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Sedona
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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 Sedona should appear around February 18, only rarely appearing before February 3 or after March 9.
Growing Degree Days in Sedona
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 2.5 months, from April 24 to July 10, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.6 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Sedona is June, with an average of 8.5 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 month of the year in Sedona is December, with an average of 3.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Sedona
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sedona are 34.870 deg latitude, -111.761 deg longitude, and 4,321 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Sedona contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,811 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,535 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (3,720 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,410 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Sedona is covered by shrubs (90%) and trees (10%), within 10 miles by shrubs (59%) and trees (40%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (57%) and trees (39%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Sedona, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sedona.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sedona 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 Sedona is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sedona and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Sedona and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , 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 airports 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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