Average Weather in Albuquerque New Mexico, United States
In Albuquerque, the summers are hot, the winters are chilly, and it is dry and mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 27°F to 93°F and is rarely below 18°F or above 99°F.
The hot season lasts for 3.7 months, from May 23 to September 14, with an average daily high temperature above 83°F. The hottest day of the year is July 3, with an average high of 93°F and low of 67°F.
The cold season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 20 to February 18, with an average daily high temperature below 57°F. The coldest day of the year is January 4, with an average low of 27°F and high of 48°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 Albuquerque, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Albuquerque begins around May 16 and lasts for 1.8 months, ending around July 9. On June 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 80% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 20% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around July 9 and lasts for 10 months, ending around May 16. On February 15, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 39% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 61% of the time.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Albuquerque varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 2.1 months, from July 5 to September 8, with a greater than 18% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on August 8.
The drier season lasts 9.9 months, from September 8 to July 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 5% on February 6.
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 30% on August 8.
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. Albuquerque experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from June 17 to November 9, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 1, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from November 9 to June 17. The least rain falls around February 5, with and average total accumulation of 0.2 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Albuquerque varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 48 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 31 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:51 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:30 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:54 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 30 minutes later at 8:24 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Albuquerque during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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 Albuquerque, 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
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 Albuquerque experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.6 months, from February 4 to June 21, with average wind speeds of more than 4.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.5 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 7.4 months, from June 21 to February 4. The calmest day of the year is August 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 3.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Albuquerque varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the south for 3.0 months, from June 28 to September 27, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 20. The wind is most often from the west for 9.0 months, from September 27 to June 28, with a peak percentage of 46% on January 1.
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 2.9 months, from April 21 to July 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 10, with an average of 8.5 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 4 to February 9, 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 3.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Albuquerque are 35.084 deg latitude, -106.651 deg longitude, and 4,967 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Albuquerque contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 236 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4,993 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,106 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,935 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Albuquerque is covered by shrubs (79%) and artificial surfaces (19%), within 10 miles by shrubs (73%) and artificial surfaces (13%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (72%) and grassland (14%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Albuquerque, 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 Albuquerque.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Albuquerque 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 Albuquerque is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Albuquerque and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Albuquerque International Airport (77%, 5.7 kilometers, southeast); Double Eagle II Airport (19%, 15 kilometers, northwest); and Santa Fe Municipal Airport (3.8%, 78 kilometers, northeast).
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.