Sedona, Arizona 

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Climate in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona, AZ is known for its beautiful red rock canyons and stunning desert landscapes. The climate in this region is generally hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s in winter to the high 90s in summer. The area receives very little rainfall throughout the year, and there are often long stretches of sunny days between rainstorms. Despite these conditions, Sedona is a great place to visit for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping. The winters are mild enough for outdoor activities, while the summers provide an opportunity to cool off with a dip in one of the many rivers or streams that wind through the canyons.

Sedona, Arizona gets 23 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Sedona averages 11 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 278 sunny days per year in Sedona. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Sedona gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 59 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 92 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 32
Rain: averages 23 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 11 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Sedona is 8.0 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in Arizona.

8.1 / 7.1

Summer   /   Winter
May, September and October are the most pleasant months in Sedona, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Sedona, ArizonaUnited States
  23.0 in.38.1 in.
  10.8 in.27.8 in.
  59.2 days106.2 days
  278 days205 days
  4350 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 Sedona with an average high temperature of 92.0°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in Arizona. In Sedona, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Sedona are May, October and September.

In Sedona, there are 58.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in Arizona.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Sedona with an average of 31.9°. This is about average compared to other places in Arizona.

In Sedona, there are 58.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in Arizona.

In Sedona, 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 Sedona, 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 Sedona with 2.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.4 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 33% of yearly precipitation and 21% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 23.0 inches in Sedona means that it is one of the wettest places in Arizona.

August is the rainiest month in Sedona with 9.9 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 1.6 rainy days. There are 59.2 rainy days annually in Sedona, which is rainier than most places in Arizona. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 33% of the time and the driest is Winter with only a 21% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 10.8 inches in Sedona means that it is snowier than most places in Arizona. March is the snowiest month in Sedona with 2.7 inches of snow, and 5 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Sedona    37 Reviews
    Go Home Tourists! - 9/21/2020
    Sedona was a great place to live back in the 90's. Its still very good but has now been ruined by tourists. Most of the tourists come from Southern California and... Read More

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    Overrated. - 9/14/2020
    Sedona is an absolutely ****ty and overrated place to live in. The people there are nasty to the tourists and there is barely any good food in the grocery stores. We... Read More

    Loving Sedona - 9/2/2020
    I LOVE Sedona. I believe most people living here do too. I think this site mixed up part of the description with Flagstaff’s since it says some of the same. Hopefully... Read More

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