It's Too HOT To Live In Or Visit Arizona In The Summer! Are You Sure?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage NRDS # 146013739

When I talk to people who are not from our state, they usually say that Arizona is a wonderful place to visit in the winter but they could never live here in the summer!  What is wrong with 300+ days of sunshine each year?

Monsoon over Cathedral Rock Sedona

Arizona gets a bad rap when it comes to the weather.  When people listen to their weather reports, they may hear that Phoenix hit 115 degrees today!  Or they might hear that Phoenix has had 90+ days this year of over 100 degree weather. Monsoon Sedona in Summer The monsoon weather which includes the dust storms usually makes the national news. However, some of the best photographs are taken during monsoon. It is a wonder of nature. 

Does it get warm in Phoenix?  During June thru mid September, it gets downright hot. BUT the mornings and evenings are enjoyable and definitely bearable.

Remember, when other areas are shivering and trying to stay warm in the winter, those who live or visit Phoenix or southern Arizona are playing golf, biking and enjoying outdoor activities.... I think that people tend to forget what a great place Phoenix is to live most of the year especially if you like year round outdoor activities. 


Personally, my husband and I love the "Valley of the Sun". We take mini-vacations there during July and August to relax by the resort pools under the shade. We also enjoy the shopping and restaurants. BUT....

I want to dispel misinformation that the rest of the state has the same kind of weather as the southern half.  Northern Arizona and mountain regions have a whole different climate that "beats the heat" in the summer.  

Let's talk about Sedona Arizona.  Our weather is about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the "Valley of the Sun". Sedona is around 4200 to 4600 feet above sea level and has a very temperate climate.  Looking to Schnebly Hill during reverse sunsetWe get the seasons but not the extremes that other areas see.  In the summer, where other areas can see temps over 90 degrees at 10 PM, we see temps in the low to mid 70s.  Quite a difference from the Valley of the Sun. 

As for Prescott, the temps are generally about 10 degrees lower than Sedona which makes that area very enjoyable during the summer months. Flagstaff and the White Mountains are a tad cooler than Prescott but a great get-away for those who live in Phoenix or Tucson.  The Colorado River basin gets really hot but the proximity to the water makes for a fantastic recreation area. 

I personally have not spent a lot of time in Tucson so I am looking for comments on how the Tucson region's summer weather compares to the rest of the state. 


 Check out some more pictures showing our seasons and weather!

CoffeePot Rock & Thunder Mountain after a rain

Winter Wonderland - CoffeePot Rock in Winter




































Boynton Canyon Sunset during monsoon





















Fishing in Oak Creek


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Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker-Associate - Naples, FL

Sheri, Beautiful pics and I sure that Arizona is a great place to visit in the summer (just like Naples)!

May 03, 2013 08:37 AM #1
Anna Banana Kruchten Broker/Owner, CRB, CRS
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ

Sheir - great to see a Sedonda gal!  Fabulous pictures!!  We get up to Sedona several times a year and last year low and behold it was hot (which it never is!)  But we had a wonderful time!  

May 03, 2013 09:47 AM #2
Jim Patton
Aspire Home Real Estate 209-404-0816 - Modesto, CA
Realtor - Stanislaus ,Merced, San Joaquin Counties

Beautiful photos Sheri.  I was in Az last May.  My daughter lives in Scotsdale.  It was pretty warm then.  We took a day trip to Winslow (had to stand on that famous corner) and it was pretty chilly going through the mountains.  Not all of Arizona is hot.

May 03, 2013 10:23 AM #3
Kathy Sheehan
Bay Equity, LLC 770-634-4021 - Atlanta, GA
Senior Loan Officer

Arizona is one of the few states I have not yet visited.  

May 03, 2013 12:17 PM #4
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Christine - If you are a sunbelt person, How can you not like Florida!

Anna - In the summer, a morning hike is always invigorating and a great start to any day!

Jim - I have a picture standing on that same corner!

Kathy - Visit the area when it is winter and you appreciate the Valley of the Sun! I have many states in the south and the east I still have to get to also!

May 04, 2013 12:02 AM #5
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

See I did not know that at all, I was fooled for sure. Folks need to get the word out. Thanks for sharing Sheri

May 04, 2013 01:06 PM #6
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Charles, you are entirely welcome.  I found out through my friends who live in other states and tell me they will come out here after the scorching weather is over!  

May 05, 2013 03:54 AM #7
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sheri,  you have been *FEATURED* in today's Tuesday Travelogue!

                                   Travellers in the Rain!


Jul 12, 2016 01:45 AM #8
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You are so right Sedona is a very pretty place and the mountains are just wonderful to see for their shapes.

Jul 12, 2016 01:04 PM #9
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