Cottonwood, Arizona 

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Climate in Cottonwood, Arizona

Cottonwood, AZ is located in the Verde Valley in central Arizona and boasts a unique climate. The summers are hot, but not as hot as some of the desert areas in the state; temperatures reach highs of around 86 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, but cool down to comfortable evening temperatures due to its higher elevation. Winters are mild with average lows of just around 40 degrees Fahrenheit. There is also very little snowfall, rarely more than an inch or two each year. All in all, Cottonwood has a pleasant climate that allows for enjoyable outdoor activities throughout the year.

Cottonwood, Arizona gets 14 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Cottonwood averages 1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 275 sunny days per year in Cottonwood. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Cottonwood gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 52 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 100 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 28
Rain: averages 14 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 1 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Cottonwood is 7.6 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Arizona.

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Summer   /   Winter
April, October and May are the most pleasant months in Cottonwood, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Cottonwood, ArizonaUnited States
  14.0 in.38.1 in.
  1.1 in.27.8 in.
  52.1 days106.2 days
  275 days205 days
  3327 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Cottonwood with an average high temperature of 100.3°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Arizona. In Cottonwood, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Cottonwood are April, October and March.

In Cottonwood, there are 123.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Arizona.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Cottonwood with an average of 27.1°. This is colder than most places in Arizona.

In Cottonwood, there are 87.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Arizona.

In Cottonwood, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Arizona.

Humidity is low in Cottonwood, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

August is the wettest month in Cottonwood with 2.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.2 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 29% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 14.0 inches in Cottonwood means that it is wetter than most places in Arizona.

August is the rainiest month in Cottonwood with 7.9 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 1.2 rainy days. There are 52.1 rainy days annually in Cottonwood, which is rainier than most places in Arizona. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 30% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 1.1 inches in Cottonwood means that it is about average compared to other places in Arizona. February is the snowiest month in Cottonwood with 0.4 inches of snow, and no months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Cottonwood    10 Reviews
    Great Small City To Call Home - 9/24/2022
    As a 6th generation AZ Native, someone who had the misfortune of growing up in Phoenix, and who has lived all over the VV and Flagstaff, I think Cottonwood is great... Read More

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    Not a place for retirees - 7/20/2021
    I have lived in Cottonwood since 2002. When I first moved here, this place was wonderful. Quiet, friendly and affordable. The weather was good with plenty of sunshine... Read More

    The best LGBTQ community in all of Arizona!!! - 10/24/2020
    Actually Cottonwood is a great place because of the great LGBTQ community. Without this aspect Cottonwood wouldn't be anything really, except a Wal-mart. The LGBTQ... Read More

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