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Climate & Seasons

Rio Grande and Sandia Mountains by - Albuquerque, New Mexico has the best year-round weather in the US.
Albuquerque is renowned for having the best year round weather in the USA. Low humidity and warm temperatures (70°F/21°C is the yearly average) combine to make Albuquerque an enjoyable destination during any season.

Summers are warm and dry with the average daytime highs around 90°F/32°C and nighttime temperatures cooling down to 44°F/7°C are common, but the low humidity means shade provides ample relief from the heat.

Autumn in Albuquerque is often called "Indian Summer" because of warm temperatures early in the season around 70°F/21°C. Summer still lingers in September and early October, with "sweater" weather setting in during November. 

Winter requires heavier outdoor clothing; however, sweatshirts or light jackets may be enough on those famous Albuquerque sunny days. It will snow on occasion, but it seldom lasts more than a day or two. Instead, snow remains in the nearby Sandia Mountains where it creates a skier's delight. Sports enthusiasts can often ski in the morning and play golf or tennis that same afternoon.

Spring begins Albuquerque's warming trend with buds and blossoms decorating the city in April and May. The Rio Grande weather enhances your afternoon hikes or morning walks along the banks. In just a matter of weeks, the bare limbs of cottonwood trees lining the banks of the Rio Grande billow with waves of green, preparing themselves for the rising waters of snowmelt from the Northern New Mexico mountains. 


Yucca and Sandia Mountain by Egret Communications - Beautiful weather in Albuquerque, New MexicoAlbuquerque lies at an elevation of over 5,000 feet, and enjoys a high desert climate. Days are generally sunny and warm but as the sun sets, the temperature falls; the city experiences an average change of 27 degrees from day to night all year.

Elevations in Albuquerque

  • 4,500 ft. in the Rio Grande Valley
  • 6,500 ft. in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains
  • 10,378 ft. at Sandia Peak
  • 10,678 ft. at Sandia Crest

Before coming to Albuquerque, visitors should be aware of the city’s high elevation of over 5,000 feet. When staying in Albuquerque it may take your body a couple of days to adjust to the high altitude. At this elevation the air is thinner and you may become tired faster during physical activity. Albuquerque’s high desert climate also causes people to dehydrate faster. It is important to drink a lot of water to keep your body hydrated; this is the easiest way to avoid altitude sickness. If you plan on visiting any of our excellent restaurants or bars while in town, you should be aware that alcohol may affect your body faster at higher elevations. Also, sunscreen is vital while vacationing in Albuquerque. Whether it is sunny or cloudy, summer or winter, the UV rays are stronger at higher altitudes. Visitors should wear a high SPF sunscreen at all times to avoid sunburn and wear sunglasses to protect their eyes. 

Weather City Comparisons

Weather in New Mexico is pleasant and mild, especially in Albuquerque. See how Albuquerque's weather compares to the following cities:

Average High/Low °F (°C)






Albuquerque, NM

71/42 (22/6)

90/62 (32/17)

70/44 (21/7)

50/25 (10/-4)

Dallas, TX

77/56 (25/13)

95/75 (35/14)

78/58 (25/14)

58/38 (14/3)

Denver, CO

61/34 (16/1)

85/56 (29/13)

65/35 (18/2)

44/16 (6/-9)

Phoenix, AZ

83/58 (28/14)

103/91 (39/33)

85/62 (29/18)

66/45 (19/7)

Salt Lake, UT

61/43 (16/6)

86/64 (30/18)

64/46 (18/8)

41/28 (5/-2)

San Antonio, TX

80/57 (34/23)

94/73 (34/23)

81/59 (27/15)

64/41 (18/5)

Tucson, AZ

81/45 (27/7)

98/66 (37/19)

84/50 (29/10)

67/34 (19/1)