climate is usually sunny and dry, with low relative humidity.
Brilliant sunshine defines the region, averaging more
than 300 days a year; periods of variably mid and high-level
cloudiness temper the sun at other times. Extended cloudiness
is rare. The city has four distinct seasons, but the heat
and cold are mild compared to the extremes that occur
more commonly in other parts of the country.
Winters are rather brief but definite; daytime highs
range from the mid 40s to upper 50s Fahrenheit, while
the overnight lows drop into the low 20s to near 30
by sunrise; nights are often colder in the valley and
uppermost foothills by several degrees. The occasional
snowfall, associated with low pressure areas, fronts
and troughs, often melts by the mid-afternoon; over
half of the scant winter moisture occurs in the form
of light rain showers, usually brief in duration. In
the much higher and colder Sandia Mountains, moisture
falls as snow; many years have enough snow to create
decent skiing conditions at the local ski area.
Springtime starts off windy and cool, sometimes unsettled
with some rain and even light snow, though spring is
usually the driest part of the year in Albuquerque.
March and April tend to see many days with the wind
blowing at 20 to 30 mph, and afternoon gusts can produce
periods of blowing sand and dust. In May, the winds
tend to subside, as temperatures start to feel like
Summer daytime highs range from the upper 80s to the
upper 90's, while dropping into the low 60s to low 70s
overnight; the valley and uppermost foothills are often
several degrees cooler than that. The heat is quite
tolerable because of low humidity, except during the
late summer during increased humidity from surges in
the monsoonal pattern; at that time, daytime highs drop
slightly but the extra moisture in air can cause nighttime
Fall sees mild days and cool nights with less rain,
though the weather can be more unsettled closer to winter.
Year round, the low temperatures tend to be approximately
five degrees warmer than those of nearby cities and
towns such as Rio Rancho, Corrales, Bernalillo, Los
Lunas, and Belen.
The city was one of several in the region experiencing
a severe winter storm leaving between 10 and 26 inches
of snow in just over 24 hours on December 30, 2006.