After moving to New Mexico, the high desert near Santa Fe, my first guests were coming from Michigan and it was February. They told me what they were packing–shorts, swimsuit, sweaters, etc. People assume because there is a lot of desert here and we are south, it is always warm.
Tomorrow is the first of February. A winter snow is coming in, likely to dump 6" on us, just adjacent to the Sangre de Cristo Mtns, with temps in the next few days down to -6 at night. While it is not the routine, it can happen several times a year.
A more typical winter day and night would have evening temperatures of 20 degrees and day temperatures of 50 degrees. There have been snows that have kept us from getting out for several days. Plows for residences are not routine. So, we wait.
Other parts of the state have different climates.
I am so glad my friends and I communicated. They did some quick re-packing and arrived with layers of clothes, something other than sandles for their feet, a winter coat.
They kept their sunglasses in their bag as our winters can have some challenges but sunshine is available 300 days a year, or so.
This is a picture of my house, in the high desert, in winter with our beautiful sky.