The best times to visit New Mexico for ideal weather are
May 7th to October 14th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
New Mexico Travel Guide
Weather in New Mexico
Average temperatures in New Mexico vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 47th 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 New Mexico, the hottest months are June, July, and then August. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late June where highs are regularly around 92.4°F (33.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.1°F (15.6°C) at night.
New Mexico Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
New Mexico Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
New Mexico Perceived Temperature (F)
New Mexico Perceived Temperature (C)
Average New Mexico 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in New Mexico are January, March, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid January. For example, on the week of January 8th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.
When can you find snow in New Mexico? Weather stations report large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. The best time to ski (if at all) in New Mexico is often around around February 5th when fresh powder is deepest. 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in New Mexico.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New Mexico (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
New Mexico has some comfortably humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is June (21.3% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (46.1%).
Wind in New Mexico is usually moderate. The windiest month is April, followed by May and March. April’s average wind speed of around 9.8 knots (11.3 MPH or 18.1 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 21.8 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in New Mexico.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||7.1||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.9||Gentle breeze||17.6||Strong breeze|
|Mar||8.5||Gentle breeze||18.7||Significant breeze|
|Apr||9.8||Gentle breeze||20.9||Strong breeze|
|May||9.1||Gentle breeze||19.8||Significant breeze|
|Jun||8.5||Gentle breeze||19.2||Strong breeze|
|Jul||6.9||Light breeze||17||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6.5||Light breeze||16||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.6||Light breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7||Gentle breeze||15.4||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.1||Gentle breeze||15.2||Significant breeze|
|Dec||7.3||Gentle breeze||15.7||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to New Mexico?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in New Mexico, United States is July, followed by March and June. 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 New Mexico 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
Overall New Mexico Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 86.5°F (30.3°C) and 58.4°F (14.7°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 1 to 5 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in New Mexico, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 84.6°F (29.2°C) and 54.8°F (12.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 to 3 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 New Mexico to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 58.4°F (14.7°C) and 44.5°F (6.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.