Albuquerque, NM 

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Climate in Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, NM has a predominantly arid climate with warm summer temperatures and cool winters. The average high temperature in the summer months is around 87°F and the average low temperature in winter is 25°F. Precipitation levels are relatively low compared to other parts of the country, with an average annual precipitation of only 11 inches. However, Albuquerque does experience occasional rain and snowfall throughout the year, particularly during the winter months. Overall, Albuquerque enjoys plenty of sunshine throughout the year with over 300 days of sunshine annually.

Albuquerque, New Mexico gets 11 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 280 sunny days per year in Albuquerque. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Albuquerque gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 57 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 24
Rain: averages 11 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 11 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Albuquerque is 7.8 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in New Mexico.

8.2 / 6.4

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

Climate Averages
  Albuquerque, New MexicoUnited States
  11.1 in.38.1 in.
  10.6 in.27.8 in.
  57.4 days106.2 days
  280 days205 days
  4954 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 Albuquerque with an average high temperature of 91.8°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in New Mexico. In Albuquerque, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Albuquerque are May, September and April.

In Albuquerque, there are 55.8 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in New Mexico.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Albuquerque with an average of 23.5°. This is warmer than most places in New Mexico.

In Albuquerque, there are 113.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in New Mexico.

In Albuquerque, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is warmer than most places in New Mexico.

Humidity is low in Albuquerque, 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 Albuquerque with 1.9 inches of rain, and the driest month is January with 0.5 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 37% of yearly precipitation and 15% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 11.1 inches in Albuquerque means that it is drier than most places in New Mexico.

August is the rainiest month in Albuquerque with 8.6 days of rain, and November is the driest month with only 3.3 rainy days. There are 57.4 rainy days annually in Albuquerque, which is about average compared to other places in New Mexico. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 35% of the time and the driest is Spring with only a 20% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 10.6 inches in Albuquerque means that it is about average compared to other places in New Mexico. December is the snowiest month in Albuquerque with 3.2 inches of snow, and 6 months of the year have significant snowfall.

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    very underrated, but not exactly the best - 2/20/2023
    i'm from albuquerque. born here, raised in denver, moved back at 11. it's cool, there's a lot of great restaurants, the people are friendly, the vibe is laid-back, it's... Read More

    Really cool!! - 1/12/2023
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