Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Tucson Arizona, United States
In Tucson, the summers are sweltering, the winters are cool and dry, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 102°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 107°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best times of year to visit Tucson for hot-weather activities are from early June to mid July and from mid August to late September.
Climate in Tucson
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 25 to September 17, with an average daily high temperature above 94°F. The hottest month of the year in Tucson is July, with an average high of 100°F and low of 77°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 22 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest month of the year in Tucson is December, with an average low of 43°F and high of 66°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Tucson
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 Tucson
In Tucson, 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 Tucson begins around March 16 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around July 7.
The clearest month of the year in Tucson is June, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 83% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around July 7 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around March 16.
The cloudiest month of the year in Tucson is July, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 38% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Tucson
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 Tucson varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.1 months, from July 5 to September 9, with a greater than 23% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Tucson is August, with an average of 11.7 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 9.9 months, from September 9 to July 5. The month with the fewest wet days in Tucson is May, with an average of 1.1 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 Tucson is August, with an average of 11.7 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 42% on August 4.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Tucson
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. Tucson experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 9.4 months, from June 19 to April 2, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The month with the most rain in Tucson is August, with an average rainfall of 2.0 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 2.6 months, from April 2 to June 19. The month with the least rain in Tucson is May, with an average rainfall of 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Tucson
The length of the day in Tucson varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2022, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 2 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 16 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Tucson
The earliest sunrise is at 5:16 AM on June 11, and the latest sunrise is 2 hours, 9 minutes later at 7:25 AM on January 8. The earliest sunset is at 5:18 PM on December 3, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 16 minutes later at 7:34 PM on June 30.
Daylight saving time (DST) is not observed in Tucson during 2022.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in Tucson
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2022. 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 Tucson
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.
Tucson experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 2.8 months, from June 28 to September 20, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 5% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Tucson is August, with 5.9 days that are muggy or worse.
The least muggy day of the year is March 14, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Tucson
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
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 Tucson experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 9.3 months, from September 24 to July 2, with average wind speeds of more than 7.0 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Tucson is April, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 2.7 months, from July 2 to September 24. The calmest month of the year in Tucson is August, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Tucson
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Tucson varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 6.8 months, from February 18 to September 11, with a peak percentage of 55% on June 8. The wind is most often from the east for 5.2 months, from September 11 to February 18, with a peak percentage of 46% on January 1.
Wind Direction in Tucson
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Tucson 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 Tucson 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 first week of October.
Tourism Score in Tucson
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 Tucson for hot-weather activities are from early June to mid July and from mid August to late September, with a peak score in the third week of June.
Beach/Pool Score in Tucson
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 Tucson typically lasts for 11 months (329 days), from around January 22 to around December 17, rarely starting after February 22, or ending before November 23.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Tucson
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 Tucson should appear around January 17, only rarely appearing before January 12 or after January 23.
Growing Degree Days in Tucson
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 16 to July 5, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Tucson is June, with an average of 8.3 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.1 months, from November 5 to February 8, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.4 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Tucson is December, with an average of 3.4 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Tucson
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Tucson are 32.222 deg latitude, -110.926 deg longitude, and 2,487 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Tucson contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 141 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,476 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (4,081 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (7,858 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Tucson is covered by artificial surfaces (83%) and shrubs (13%), within 10 miles by shrubs (72%) and artificial surfaces (27%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (87%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Tucson, 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 Tucson.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Tucson 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 Tucson is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Tucson 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 Tucson 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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