The best times to visit New Mexico for ideal weather are

April 16th to June 17th

or

September 3rd 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.

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New Mexico Travel Guide

  • Safety
  • The busiest and least popular months
  • Overall travel experience by time of year
  • Weather in New Mexico

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in New Mexico vary somewhat and are temperate for much of the year. The area is in the top 40 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit New Mexico, 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 92.4°F (33.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 60.1°F (15.6°C) at night.

    New Mexico Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    New Mexico Temperatures (Celsius)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

    “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.

    New Mexico Perceived Temperature (F)

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    High
    Average
    Low

    New Mexico Perceived Temperature (C)

    Key
    High
    Average
    Low

     

    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.

    Show Fahrenheit

    Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan 44.7 35 26.9
    Feb 46.7 36.8 28.5
    Mar 55.9 45.2 36.1
    Apr 64.5 53.6 44.1
    May 72.9 62.3 52.7
    Jun 80.6 70.2 60.7
    Jul 83.8 73.5 64.4
    Aug 83.2 72.7 63.5
    Sep 77.8 66.9 57.8
    Oct 67.4 56.8 47.9
    Nov 56.2 46.1 37.6
    Dec 47.5 38.6 31.1

    Show Celsius

    Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan 7.1 1.7 -2.8
    Feb 8.2 2.7 -1.9
    Mar 13.3 7.3 2.3
    Apr 18.1 12 6.7
    May 22.7 16.8 11.5
    Jun 27 21.2 15.9
    Jul 28.8 23.1 18
    Aug 28.4 22.6 17.5
    Sep 25.4 19.4 14.3
    Oct 19.7 13.8 8.8
    Nov 13.4 7.8 3.1
    Dec 8.6 3.7 -0.5

     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in New Mexico are July, August, and then September. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early-to-mid-March. For example, on the week of March 12th there are only 0.4 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 2.3 days with significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.

    When can you find snow in New Mexico? Weather stations report moderate or seasonal snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to early February. Powder (new snow) is most often falls around February 5th. 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 New Mexico.

    Key
    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

    The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in New Mexico (in).

    Key
    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan 8.6 0.5 0.01
    Feb 12.9 1.1 0.01
    Mar 10 0.2 0.01
    Apr 8.6 0 0.01
    May 12.9 0 0.03
    Jun 10 0 0.02
    Jul 30 0 0.08
    Aug 25.7 0 0.05
    Sep 20 0 0.05
    Oct 14.3 0 0.03
    Nov 10 0.1 0.01
    Dec 15.7 0.2 0.02

    Show Centimeters

    Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan 8.6 1.3 0.03
    Feb 12.9 2.8 0.03
    Mar 10 0.5 0.03
    Apr 8.6 0 0.03
    May 12.9 0 0.08
    Jun 10 0 0.05
    Jul 30 0 0.2
    Aug 25.7 0 0.13
    Sep 20 0 0.13
    Oct 14.3 0 0.08
    Nov 10 0.3 0.03
    Dec 15.7 0.5 0.05

     

    Humidity and Wind

    New Mexico has far below average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. 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 stronger than usual. 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 “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.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

    Key
    Max Sustained Wind
    Average Daily Wind

    Average Wind Speeds

    Show Wind Speeds

    All wind speeds are in knots.

    Month Avg. Wind Meaning (Beaufort) Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind Meaning (Beufort)
    Jan 7.1 a gentle breeze 15.2 a moderate breeze
    Feb 7.9 a gentle breeze 17.6 a fresh breeze
    Mar 8.5 a gentle breeze 18.7 a moderate breeze
    Apr 9.8 a gentle breeze 20.9 a fresh breeze
    May 9.1 a gentle breeze 19.8 a moderate breeze
    Jun 8.5 a gentle breeze 19.2 a fresh breeze
    Jul 6.9 a light breeze 17 a moderate breeze
    Aug 6.5 a light breeze 16 a moderate breeze
    Sep 6.6 a light breeze 15.2 a moderate breeze
    Oct 7 a gentle breeze 15.4 a moderate breeze
    Nov 7.1 a gentle breeze 15.2 a moderate breeze
    Dec 7.3 a gentle breeze 15.7 a moderate breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    Month Avg. Relative Humidity
    Jan 40.9
    Feb 36.1
    Mar 26.4
    Apr 22.1
    May 24.7
    Jun 21.3
    Jul 39.3
    Aug 38.2
    Sep 40.4
    Oct 35.2
    Nov 34.7
    Dec 46.1

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to New Mexico?

    As of 6/22/2017 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.
     

    Overall New Mexico Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. 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 3 to 4 days of precipitation per month. Spring is slow/unreported for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

    Summer (June through August)

    The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see moderate precipitation with 3 to 9 days of precipitation per month. June – August is slow/unreported season for tourism in New Mexico, so lodging and other accommodations may cost as much as usual.

    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 chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 3 to 6 days per month. Tourism is slow/unreported during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be normally priced.

    Winter (December through February)

    Weather is far too cold this time of year in New Mexico to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 56.7°F (13.7°C) and 44.5°F (6.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 3 to 5 times per month. These times of year are slow/unreported with tourists.

     

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