Tucson, Arizona: Year Around Outdoor Living
Weather forecasting in Tucson must be a fairly boring job. The sun shines almost every day of the year, which is the start of the daily forecast. Seeing bright sun and blue skies almost every day of the year is good for your health and mood.
Daily Temperatures are also an important part of the forecast, and Tucson enjoys more “perfect” days than I have found anywhere. A “Perfect” day is always sunny and daytime high temperatures range from 65° to 90°. Humidity must also remain low, as even 80° is uncomfortable in very humid climates. In Tucson, temperatures fall within this range eight months of the year.
Think about that for a moment. Growing up in Northern Virginia, a “perfect” day was a rarity. I have also lived in both Florida and Dallas for over ten years, as well as several months in Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles, so I speak with some experience.
Okay, I concede that Southern California has comparable weather, but doesn’t air quality count when talking about climate? And how about the amazing Sunsets Arizona is known for?
At this point the naysayers are rubbing their hands in anticipation, as the elephant in the room can no longer be avoided. I am talking, of course, about the Tucson Summer Heat.
In June of 2013 the daily high temperature never fell below 100°, which is not uncommon in Tucson. Surprisingly, average highs are lower in July and August, opposite of most cities. The July-August monsoon rains bring cooler temperatures to the region.
Evening temperatures are not so bad, however, with lows averaging in the high 60’s or low 70’s throughout the Summer. How is this possible? Tucson is in a valley surrounded by mountains with an average city elevation of 2,654′ (Vail is almost 1,000’higher). The sun itself is responsible for most of the heat, and when it sets, temperatures start to drop.
When it rains in Tucson, most residents enjoy the respite from the everyday sun. After all, we do live in the desert so all precipitation is welcome. During the Monsoon season, Nature puts on an incredible light and sound show with frequent afternoon thunderstorms. Tucson receives about half of their annual average rainfall during these months (July-Sept).
Finally, it is a Dry Heat, and that does make a big difference. Living most of my life in humid clients I wasn’t so sure until I took a Caribbean vacation. The high humidity quickly curtailed our desire for outside activity an drained us of our stamina.
For those who prefer warmer versus colder climates, you will not be disappointed in Tucson!