Sedona Weather: How's The Weather In Sedona?
We're often asked when is the best time to
take a Sedona retreat
vacation. The answer is any time! In fact, the weather is one of the best things about being here. Located 4,400 feet above sea level, Sedona is about half way in elevation between the Colorado Plateau to the north, and the Sonoran Desert to the south. Low humidity gives the air a refreshing feel that's wonderfully invigorating.
With over 300 days of sunshine per year,
each season in Sedona has something special to offer. The summer
"monsoon season" usually lasts from early July to mid
September, bringing spectacular afternoon thunderstorms
and rainbows. Most species of cactus bloom in April
and May, most wildflowers bloom in late July and August,
and autumn colors peak sometime in late October or early
The average temperatures in Sedona for each month reflect our mild four season climate. Sedona is always about 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix, and about 15 degrees warmer than Flagstaff.
The warmest months in Sedona are June and July, with approximately 20 days per year exceeding 100 degrees F.
The coldest months in Sedona are December and January, with approximately 20 nights per year dipping below 20 degrees F. Daytime high temperatures almost always rise above freezing in the winter.
Sedona Temperature Averages by Month
January temperature: high 55 F, low 29 F
February temperature: high 59 F, low 32 F
March temperature: high 63 F, low 35 F
April temperature: high 72 F, low 42 F
May temperature: high 81 F, low 49 F
June temperature: high 90 F, low 57 F
July temperature: high 95 F, low 65 F
August temperature: high 95 F, low 63 F
September temperature: high 88 F, low 58 F
October temperature: high 77 F, low 48 F
November temperature: high 65 F, low 37 F
December temperature: high 56 F, low 30 F
Sedona Record Temperatures:
The hottest temperature recorded in Sedona was 112 F.
The coldest temperature recorded in Sedona was 0 F.
The average monthly rainfall in Sedona
reflects the fact that the our climate is semi-arid rather than desert.
Our annual precipitation averages 17.15 inches. The wettest single month is August, but most of the annual moisture comes in the winter months between November and March. For many locals the summer monsoon season is their favorite time of year, since this is the time of year when there are spectacular rainbows, sunsets and lightening displays. Scientists once recorded over 18,000 lightening strikes in a 24 hour period.
It does snow here, which makes the scenery even better! The annual average snowfall is 8.8 inches and snow typically does not stay on the ground for more than a day.
Sedona Rainfall Averages by Month
January rainfall: 1.70 inches
February rainfall: 1.54 inches
March rainfall: 1.67 inches
April rainfall: 1.17 inches
May rainfall: 0.58 inches
June rainfall: 0.49 inches
July rainfall: 1.89 inches
August rainfall: 2.42 inches
September rainfall: 1.51 inches
October rainfall: 1.10 inches
November rainfall: 1.32 inches
December rainfall: 1.73 inches
Sedona Rainfall Records:
The most rainfall recorded in Sedona in 24 hours was 2.8 inches.
The most rainfall recorded in Sedona in one month was 6.82 inches.
Average Sunrise & Sunset in Sedona
January - Sunrise 7:32 Sunset 5:31
February - Sunrise 7:25 Sunset 5:59
March - Sunrise 6:58 Sunset 6:25
April - Sunrise 6:17 Sunset 6:48
May - Sunrise 5:40 Sunset 7:11
June - Sunrise 5:20 Sunset 7:38
July - Sunrise 5:22 Sunset 7:42
August - Sunrise 5:40 Sunset 7:28
September - Sunrise 6:02 Sunset 6:55
October - Sunrise 6:22 Sunset 6:13
November - Sunrise 6:46 Sunset 5:37
December - Sunrise 7:14 Sunset 5:20