Average Weather in Catalina Arizona, United States
In Catalina, the summers are sweltering, the winters are cold, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 38°F to 99°F and is rarely below 30°F or above 105°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Catalina for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid September.
The hot season lasts for 3.8 months, from May 25 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is June 29, with an average high of 99°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 22 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 38°F and high of 61°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 Catalina, 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 Catalina begins around March 18 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around July 7. On June 13, 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 July 7 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around March 18. On July 30, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 43% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 57% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Catalina varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.1 months, from July 5 to September 9, with a greater than 21% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on August 4.
The drier season lasts 9.9 months, from September 9 to July 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 3% 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 39% on August 4.
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. Catalina experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.4 months, from June 22 to April 4, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from April 4 to June 22. The least rain falls around May 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Catalina varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 1 minute of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 17 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:15 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 11 minutes later at 7:26 AM on January 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:17 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 17 minutes later at 7:35 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Catalina during 2018.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight
Catalina experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from June 30 to September 18, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 4% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 5, with muggy conditions 16% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is March 14, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Catalina experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 9.4 months, from September 22 to July 3, with average wind speeds of more than 6.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 22, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.4 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 2.6 months, from July 3 to September 22. The calmest day of the year is August 8, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Catalina varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 7.1 months, from February 20 to September 24, with a peak percentage of 58% on June 15. The wind is most often from the east for 4.9 months, from September 24 to February 20, with a peak percentage of 50% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Catalina 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 Catalina for general outdoor tourist activities are from early May to late June and from early September to mid 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 Catalina for hot-weather activities is from mid June to mid 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 Catalina typically lasts for 9.5 months (288 days), from around February 18 to around December 3, rarely starting before January 11 or after March 21, and rarely ending before November 15 or after December 26.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Catalina should appear around January 26, only rarely appearing before January 18 or after February 5.
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 2.7 months, from April 17 to July 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 9, with an average of 8.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 5 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 24, with an average of 3.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Catalina are 32.506 deg latitude, -110.921 deg longitude, and 3,189 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Catalina contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 499 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 3,163 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (6,726 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,766 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Catalina is covered by shrubs (100%), within 10 miles by shrubs (87%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (89%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Catalina, 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 Catalina.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Catalina 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 Catalina is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Catalina and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Allied Airstrip (71%, 38 kilometers, south); Casa Grande Municipal Airport (16%, 93 kilometers, northwest); and Safford Municipal Airport (13%, 127 kilometers, east).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .