Tucson Area Weather

With more than 350 days of sunshine a year and a higher elevation than Phoenix, Metropolitan Tucson has mild temperatures in the spring, fall and winter. The annual average high is 82 degrees Fahrenheit, with a low of 55 degrees. Cool winter nights typically drop into the 40s, but the days are usually warm and sunny in the 70s. Summer temperatures range with high in the 90s and lows in the 70s. July marks the beginning of the rainy season. Of the approximately 11 inches of annual rainfall, more than half falls from July through September.

Tucsonans rarely dress to impress. Instead these desert dwellers take a more relaxed approach, wearing casual clothing for nearly all occasions. Sunscreen is recommended year-round. Add hats and sunglasses for the steamy summer months. A lightweight sweater or coat will generally suffice in the cooler winter months.                                                         by Carrie Miner - Jun. 6, 2006 02:04 PM  Special for The Republic