Climate & Weather in Albuquerque
Albuquerque, New Mexico, located in the Southwest, has one of the mildest year-round climates found in the United States. With an elevation of approximately 5,000 ft, this high desert climate brings warm days and cool nights with varying temperatures throughout the year to the region.
Known for producing 275 days of dazzling sunshine each year, each weather season in Albuquerque carries its own subtle nuances you want to be aware of when visiting this area of the country. The sun will figure prominently during your trip no matter what time of year you are visiting; you will want to bring plenty of sunscreen as the sun is very intense in the higher elevations. Days are generally sunny and warm but as the temperature begins falling in the evening the nighttime temperature can swing by 27 degrees.
Winter is short but sweet, lasting the months of December, January and February and seeing average temperatures from the mid 40s to the lower 50s Fahrenheit during the day with the night temperatures dropping to the 20s and 30s. It can snow in Albuquerque, but if it does, it will melt within a day or two. For weather-safe dressing, bring heavier sweaters and medium weight jackets but know that if you are spending time in the direct sun it might get a little warm! Skiing in Albuquerque is offered from January to March on Sandia Mountain, located about 45 minutes outside of Albuquerque. It is cooler at the higher mountain elevation of approximately 10,000 ft, so warmer clothes are a necessity.
Spring rushes in around the beginning of March and brings some windy conditions with it, with winds reaching up to 30 mph on some days. It can rain in the spring, but is usually one of the driest seasons overall. Spring temperatures start out in the 60s but will get to the 80s by May. It is still a little chilly at night with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Packing light jackets and long-sleeved shirts may be necessary but spring and summer clothing is possible, especially during the later part of spring.
Because of its desert-like climate, an average temperature of 90 degrees in the daytime is not uncommon during the hot, dry, sunny summers in Albuquerque. The low humidity keeps the high temperatures from becoming unbearable. The nights are still cool, with average temperatures falling into the 40s. The dry climate combined with the hot weather offers some of the most beautiful summers anywhere.
The fall season is referred to as "Indian Summer" for good reason. There are color changes happening in the trees, but the temperatures stay in the 70s throughout September and do not drop heavily come October. November brings cooler temperatures ranging from the high 50s to the 30s at night.
When visiting a high altitude area, be aware of the thinner air if you are not used to it. Be advised it might take a couple of days to acclimate your body. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and do not over exert yourself.