Tempe, Arizona 

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Climate in Tempe, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona gets 9 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Tempe averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 300 sunny days per year in Tempe. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Tempe gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 36 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 104 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 42
Rain: averages 9 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Tempe is 7.4 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in Arizona.

7.4 / 10
April, March and November are the most pleasant months in Tempe, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Tempe, ArizonaUnited States
  9.0 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  36.2 days106.2 days
  300 days205 days
  1181 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 Tempe with an average high temperature of 104.1°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Arizona. In Tempe, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Tempe are March, November and February.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Tempe with an average of 40.5°. This is warmer than most places in Arizona.

In Tempe, there are 164.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Arizona.

In Tempe, there are 7.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Arizona.

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

August is the wettest month in Tempe with 1.2 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 35% of yearly precipitation and 17% occurs in Summer, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 9.0 inches in Tempe means that it is drier than most places in Arizona.

August is the rainiest month in Tempe with 4.7 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 0.5 rainy days. There are 36.2 rainy days annually in Tempe, which is less rainy than most places in Arizona. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 35% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 18% chance of a rainy day.

There is rarely any recorded snowfall in Tempe, ranking it as one of the least snowy places in Arizona. Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in Tempe.

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    Reviews for Tempe    20 Reviews
    Love of Arizona - 6/7/2014
    Lived in Arizona 55 yrs Phoenix /Tempe lost my job and got a offer to keep my job but had to move Fall River MA. I will take the heat over days of cold anytime . January... Read More

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    HOT!!!! - 12/24/2012
    I love the sun, but this area is 110+ from May through November! Each year the hot weather gets hotter and the season gets longer. And it doesn't matter that there is... Read More

    Finally Under 100 degrees - 10/16/2012
    I admit it right up front, I am not a native Arizonian! I just survived my third Arizona summer and I am so relieved it is over. It is now the middle of Oct and finally... Read More

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