As I sit here and write, it’s snowing in Albuquerque! While it’s unusual, it’s not all that unusual, we get snow a couple of times of year. It never amounts to much, but you wouldn’t know that by the reaction of local residents!
If you’re relocating to Albuquerque, what kind of weather should you expect?
One of the my absolute favorite things about New Mexico is the climate. The weather here in Albuquerque is not at all like it is in Phoenix where the temperature is regularly above 100 degrees in the summer and leaves are on the trees year round. Here we have four seasons, and although winter is mild, we do occasionally get light snow.
Of course it’s different in the east mountain area just outside Albuquerque. The East Mountain areas, which range in elevation from 6,322 feet above sea-level in Tijeras to 7,700 feet above sea-level in Sandia Park, they get quite a bit of snow.
Average High Temperatures in Albuquerque
The average high temperatures in Albuquerque range from 47 or 48 degrees in December in January, to 90 or 92 degrees in June, July and August.
Compare that to Phoenix where the average high temps in June, July and August are 104 to 106 degrees and you’ll see that here in ABQ we are about 15 degrees cooler in the summer.
I’ve been in Phoenix when it’s 114 degrees and it’s not pleasant. Last year Phoenix had 107 days with temps in the 100’s. Albuquerque had two.
Does it Rain in Albuquerque?
Not really. In an average year the city see about 9.5 inches of rainfall. That’s 76% below the national average. That’s pretty darn dry.
In fact, rain is so unusual here that when it happens New Mexican’s are known to stand around and stare. Or take selfies with rain in the background and post “It’s Raining!” on Facebook. Seriously!
Relocating to Albuquerque? Throw Away Your Snow Shovels
So if you’re reocating to Albuquerque, go ahead and throw away your snow shovels. That’s what I did when I left Chicago. And if you have a lot of raingear, you might want to consider leaving that behind too. Oh, and lawn mowers? Probably won’t need them either!