If all you know about Arizona's climate is that summer temperatures top 100 degrees, and "it's a dry heat," you've only heard half the story. Indeed, summer temperatures in central and southern Arizona often spike above the century mark, but much of the state experiences pleasant summers, silver-white winters, and perfect 60-to-70-degree average annual temperatures. So despite its hot, hot, hot reputation, Arizona's climate is largely and realistically considered moderate.
With about 325 days of sunshine per year, central and southern Arizona are perfect destinations for sun-seekers. Here, you can golf, hike, bike and play outdoors year-round. With seven months from October through April experiencing daily high temperatures averaging 75 degrees F and five months from May through September averaging a high of 101 degrees F, it's no wonder nearly 230,000 people move to Arizona each year.
In contrast to the central and southern regions of the state, northern Arizona - marked by mountains, pines and aspen - has a more four-seasons climate. Residents revel in northern Arizona's mildly warm springs and summers, colorful autumns and snowy-white winters. Thanks to high elevations around 7,000 feet, the average annual high temperature in Arizona's mountain region is 61 degrees F, counterbalanced by gorgeous winters that provide about 100 inches of annual snowfall.