The Albuquerque metro area has an arid desert climate. While there are four distinct seasons, the heat and cold changes are not as extreme as in other areas of the country. Albuquerque enjoys an average of 278 days of bright sunshine a year.
December is historically the coldest month, with an average temperature of 2.4°C/36.3°F. July is the warmest month, with an average high of 32.3°C/90.1°F. For the year, the average high temperature is 20.4°C/68.7°F and the low is 7.4°C/45.4°F. Average annual precipitation is 23.95 cm/9.43 in.