Seasons in New Mexico

The climate in New Mexico is arid or semi-arid depending on the area. At higher altitudes, there are patches of pleasant alpine climate in the northern and eastern parts of the state. 

Nature is diverse and includes everything from desert to forests, mountains and canyons. The average daily temperature is more dependent on altitude than on geographic longitude. The seasons are pronounced. Large river overflows and storms can cause flooding.



Spring in New Mexico

Spring in New Mexico is warm and sunny. In May, the season of thunderstorms and tornadoes begins. Average temperatures range from 50-70 °F (+10 °C +21 °C) in March to 80-90 °F (+27 °C +32 °C) in May. Floods are possible caused by spring snow melt or short but heavy rain.

Be careful when trying local dishes. New Mexico people love Mexican food. Many treats are extremely spicy. The favorite entertainment of tourists is to stand in the "four corners". There is a place where the states of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah meet. It is marked with a special sign. Archeology lovers can visit the historic village of Taos Pueblo, as well as the ruins of the cities of the Pueblo Indians and the Aztecs. In the Gila valley there are unique cave dwellings of ancient people.

Climate of the Spring Months

Max average t°: 63 °F (+17 °C)
Min average t°: 37 °F (+3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 0.7" (17 mm)
Max average t°: 72 °F (+22 °C)
Min average t°: 44 °F (+7 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 0.6" (14 mm)
Max average t°: 81 °F (+27 °C)
Min average t°: 53 °F (+12 °C)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 0.5" (13 mm)


Spring Holidays

March 1st: National Women of Color Day.
March 17: St.Patrick 's Day.

April 1: April Fools' Day.
April 22: International Earth Day.

2nd Sunday of May: Mother’s Day.
last Monday in May: Memorial Day.

Summer in New Mexico

New Mexico has very hot summers with large temperature swings between day and night. The hottest month is June. The temperature reaches 96 °F (+35 °C). Nights are cooler at only 50-64 °F (+10 °C +18 °C). Humidity is low and there are many sunny days.

The state has preserved many monuments from the period of Spanish rule. In the capital of Santa Fe, it is worth seeing the Governor's House, the Georgia O'Keeffe Gallery, and the Interethnic Museum of Folk Art. There are many architectural monuments here: the chapel of Capilla de Nuestra Secora, the monastery of Guadalupe, the Cathedral of St. Francis and the Madonna monument. Nature lovers can admire the Rio Grande Falls.

Climate of the Summer Months

Max average t°: 91 °F (+33 °C)
Min average t°: 63 °F (+17 °C)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 0.3" (8 mm)
Max average t°: 91 °F (+33 °C)
Min average t°: 68 °F (+20 °C)
Sundial in the day: 12.5 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 1.0" (25 mm)
Max average t°: 88 °F (+31 °C)
Min average t°: 65 °F (+18 °C)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 0.8" (21 mm)


Summer Holidays

June 14: Day of the American flag.
June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day.
Third Sunday of June: Father’s Day.

July 4: Independence Day.
August 26: Women's Equality Day.

Autumn in New Mexico

Connoisseurs call the beginning and middle of autumn the best time to travel around New Mexico. Warm but not hot weather, little rainfall and the absence of tornadoes create pleasant conditions for tourism. Temperatures gradually drop from 85-90 °F (+27 °C +32 °C) in September to 30-65 °F (-1 °C +15 °C) in November. In the north of the state it is noticeably cooler.

In October, Albuquerque hosts the world's largest balloon festival. One of the most interesting places to walk is Carlsbad Caverns National Park. It is surrounded by the mountains of Guadeloupe. Dancing white sand dunes can be admired in the White Sands Reserve.

Climate of the Autumn Months

Max average t°: 83 °F (+28 °C)
Min average t°: 59 °F (+15 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 0.9" (23 mm)
Max average t°: 71 °F (+22 °C)
Min average t°: 47 °F (+8.5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 10 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 0.9" (24 mm)
Max average t°: 58 °F (+14 °C)
Min average t°: 36 °F (+2 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 2 days
Precipitation: 0.6" (16 mm)


Autumn Holidays

1st Monday in September: Labor Day.

2nd Monday in October: Columbus Day.
2nd Monday in October: Indigenous Peoples’ day
October 31: Halloween (All Hallows' Eve)

November 11: Veterans Day / Armistice Day.
4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day.

Winter in New Mexico

New Mexico has little snow and many warm, sunny days even in winter. Temperatures often drop below 0 °F (+32 °C) at night. Average daily temperatures are in the 25-30 °F (-4 °C -1 °C) range. On the plains during the day, the air warms up to 63 °F (+17 °C).

The state is home to the most famous scientific laboratory in the world - Los Alamos. It was here that the US nuclear programs were developed in the 1950s. Now on the territory you can see the ancient monument of the Tsirege Indians. Another object is the Roswell military base. Here in 1947 traces of a UFO were discovered.

Climate of the Winter Months

Max average t°: 46 °F (+8 °C)
Min average t°: 28 °F (-2.5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy/Snowy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 0.8" (20 mm)
Max average t°: 47 °F (+8.5 °C)
Min average t°: 27 °F (-3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 8 hours
Rainy/Snowy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 0.6" (16 mm)
Max average t°: 54 °F (+12 °C)
Min average t°: 30 °F (-1 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy/Snowy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 0.5" (14 mm)


Winter Holidays

December 25: Christmas Day.

January 1: New Year’s Day.
January 20 every fourth year: Inauguration Day.
3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King’s Birthday.

February 14: St. Valentine's Day.
3rd Monday in February: Washington’s and Lincoln’s Birthday.