Prescott, AZ Climate


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United States / Arizona / No Metro Area / Yavapai County / Prescott / Zip Codes
Prescott, AZ is known for its mild climate year-round. Summers are hot, but not too hot, with average highs usually in the low 90s. Springs and falls are mild with temperatures averaging in the mid-60s during the day and lows in the 40s at night. Winter months bring cool weather with average highs in the 50s and nighttime temperatures in the 20s or 30s. Prescott's location at a high elevation of 5,000 feet also makes it very pleasant for outdoor activities all year long.

Prescott, Arizona gets 16 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Prescott averages 13 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 277 sunny days per year in Prescott. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Prescott gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 63 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 89 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 25
Rain: averages 16 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 13 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Prescott is 7.9 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Arizona.

8.7 Summer - 6.7 Winter
September, May and June are the most pleasant months in Prescott, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

  ClimatePrescott, ArizonaUnited States
  15.9 in.38.1 in.
  12.5 in.27.8 in.
  63.2 days106.2 days
  277 days205 days
  89.3°85.8°
  25.0°21.7°
  7.97
  6.44.3
  5374 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

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 Prescott with an average high temperature of 89.3°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Arizona. In Prescott, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Prescott are May, September and October.
In Prescott, there are 35.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Arizona.
December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Prescott with an average of 24.5°. This is colder than most places in Arizona.
In Prescott, there are 120.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Arizona.
In Prescott, there are 0.1 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is colder than most places in Arizona.
Humidity is low in Prescott, 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 Prescott with 2.7 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.3 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 34% of yearly precipitation and 16% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 15.9 inches in Prescott means that it is wetter than most places in Arizona.
August is the rainiest month in Prescott with 9.9 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 2.0 rainy days. There are 63.2 rainy days annually in Prescott, which is rainier than most places in Arizona. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 33% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 20% chance of a rainy day.
An annual snowfall of 12.5 inches in Prescott means that it is snowier than most places in Arizona. February is the snowiest month in Prescott with 3.9 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.
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