The best times to visit Fort McDowell for ideal weather are

February 12th to April 29th


October 8th to November 25th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



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Weather in Fort McDowell


Average temperatures in Fort McDowell vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 52nd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Fort McDowell, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late June where highs are regularly around 107.4°F (41.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 82.2°F (27.9°C) at night.

Fort McDowell Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Fort McDowell Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Fort McDowell Perceived Temperature (F)


Fort McDowell Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Fort McDowell Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 67.5 54.1 42.4
Feb 70.3 57.3 45.3
Mar 79 65.5 52
Apr 85.2 71.8 57.9
May 92.7 80.1 66.1
Jun 103.2 90.8 76.2
Jul 104.9 93.5 82.8
Aug 104.4 92.9 82
Sep 99.5 87.6 75.9
Oct 88.4 75.3 62.6
Nov 77 63.3 50.8
Dec 65.2 52.8 42.3

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 19.7 12.3 5.8
Feb 21.3 14.1 7.4
Mar 26.1 18.6 11.1
Apr 29.6 22.1 14.4
May 33.7 26.7 18.9
Jun 39.6 32.7 24.6
Jul 40.5 34.2 28.2
Aug 40.2 33.8 27.8
Sep 37.5 30.9 24.4
Oct 31.3 24.1 17
Nov 25 17.4 10.4
Dec 18.4 11.6 5.7



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Fort McDowell are June, May, and then October. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late March. For example, on the week of March 26th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid December with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.

When can you find snow in Fort McDowell? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Fort McDowell.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Fort McDowell (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 6% 0 1.1
Feb 7% 0 0.6
Mar 5% 0 0.7
Apr 3% 0 0.2
May 2% 0 0.3
Jun 0% 0 0
Jul 6% 0 0.7
Aug 8% 0 1.1
Sep 6% 0 0.9
Oct 3% 0 0.3
Nov 4% 0 0.6
Dec 10% 0 1.5

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 6 0 2.8
Feb 7 0 1.5
Mar 5 0 1.8
Apr 3 0 0.5
May 2 0 0.8
Jun 0 0 0
Jul 6 0 1.8
Aug 8 0 2.8
Sep 6 0 2.3
Oct 3 0 0.8
Nov 4 0 1.5
Dec 10 0 3.8


Humidity and Wind

Fort McDowell has some months with regular humidity, with some extremely dry months. The least humid month is June (9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (38.4%).

Wind in Fort McDowell is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is July, followed by May and April. July’s average wind speed of around 4 knots (4.6 MPH or 7.4 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early July where average top sustained speeds reach 13.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Fort McDowell.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 1.9 Barely noticeable 7.1 Gentle breeze
Feb 2.2 Barely noticeable 7.8 Gentle breeze
Mar 2.9 Barely noticeable 9.1 Gentle breeze
Apr 3.7 Barely noticeable 10.5 Gentle breeze
May 3.9 Barely noticeable 10.8 Gentle breeze
Jun 3.4 Barely noticeable 9.8 Gentle breeze
Jul 4 Light breeze 12.1 Gentle breeze
Aug 3.4 Barely noticeable 10.8 Gentle breeze
Sep 3.1 Barely noticeable 9.5 Gentle breeze
Oct 2.5 Barely noticeable 8.1 Gentle breeze
Nov 1.9 Barely noticeable 7.1 Gentle breeze
Dec 1.7 Barely noticeable 6.5 Light breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 31.5%
Feb 30.3%
Mar 19.3%
Apr 12.9%
May 11.3%
Jun 9%
Jul 22.8%
Aug 24%
Sep 22.4%
Oct 20.9%
Nov 24.8%
Dec 38.4%


Is it Safe to Travel to Fort McDowell?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 04, 2023 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Dec 04, 2023.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Fort McDowell, AZ, US is February, followed by June and January. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Fort McDowell in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is slightly extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 44.4 in November means 44.4% of the tourists vs. February.



Overall Fort McDowell Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 98.7°F (37.1°C) and 73.5°F (23.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are extremely hot. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Fort McDowell, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 101.7°F (38.7°C) and 70.9°F (21.6°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 2 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Fort McDowell to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 73.5°F (23.1°C) and 62.1°F (16.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.


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