The Phoenix weather in July can be unbearably hot. If you plan to visit this time of year, there are a few things to keep in mind for your visit.
July has the hottest average temperatures all year long. There is also very little rain, so it doesn't cool down much at night at all.
Read on for some tips on how to stay cool, what to expect when you are here, tips to pack, and a few of my favorite things to do this time of year.
The Phoenix weather in July offers up average temperatures of 106 degrees a day. Even though we have a dry heat, I won't lie, it's HOT. Although 106 is the average, we do have days that are above 110 and it makes for an unpleasant time outdoors during the day.
The great news is that Phoenix is set up to help you enjoy your time no matter what month you visit. The picture above is a huge cocktail Aram and I shared last summer. We love sitting outdoors, so we enjoyed this one in the heat of the day on one of our favorite patios.
The key is to make sure you are in the shade. You can see we are also drinking water with our cocktail. This is key to staying hydrated. Many of these outdoor restaurants and bars also feature misters so you get some cool water on your as you enjoy their outdoor seating.
I don't recommend spending any time on the trails in the heat of the day. Make sure to work out or go hiking just as the sun is rising or well after the sun sets.
The average overnight lows are in the mid-80s, so it does cool off some, but not much.
Here is a little more on the average temperatures for the Phoenix weather in July.
Average High in July: 106° F/41° C
Average Low in July: 84° F/29° C
Average Monthly Rainfall: 1 inch
Record High: 121° F/ 49° C
Record Low: 61° F/16° C
With the high temperatures and barely a cloud in the sky, you will want to bring along all lightweight clothing. Make sure to bring a little extra of everything too, so you can change at least once during the day. Believe me, you will be happy to have an extra set of clothing or two for your stay.
Shirts: I stick to tank tops and short sleeved shirts all month long. If I'm going on a hike, I might wear a very loose-fitting long-sleeved shirt to protect my skin from the sun as it's intense this time of year.
Shorts/Skirts: Loose fitting shorts and skirts will also be perfect for the Phoenix weather in July. Anything that is too tight fitting will increase your odds of overheating, so bring along loose fitting garments.
Shoes: I stick with mainly sandals and flip flops all month long. I do wear athletic shoes when I hike or run, but other than that I'm either in sandals, flip flops or without shoes.
Hats & Sunglasses: These two will be key to keeping the sun off your face when you are outdoors in our extreme heat. If you are in the heat for an extended period of time, these two are a must along with some good sunscreen.
Swimming Suits: We use the pool quite frequently this time of year. It's a great way to quickly cool down. Bring along an extra suit, so you don't have to put on a wet one if you plan to get in the pool more than once a day.
Shirts: Tank tops and short sleeved shirts are your best bet this time of year. Bring along a few extras (I recommend one extra a day), so you can change out of them to freshen up in the afternoon or early evening.
Shorts: There is no need to pack anything but shorts this time of year unless you are going to a nicer indoor function. Even though it's hot, we all still love to sit outside. Wearing shorts will allow you to enjoy our outdoors without overheating.
Shoes: Aram typically wears sandals or flip flops unless we are working out or hiking. Phoenix is casual, so the majority of places will welcome you in with just sandals.
Hats & Sunglasses: Do not forget a hat or two and some sunglasses. These will help you feel more comfortable in the heat of the day.
Swimming Suits: Always bring along a swimsuit or two for your stay in July. A dip in the pool is one of the only ways to truly cool down this time of year.
1. Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball: Head downtown to see some Major League Baseball. Chase Field has a retractable roof, so on really hot days they close it up so you can enjoy a game. It's pretty cool to see it in action. Once it's either open or closed, they will not change it. This allows for stable conditions throughout the game for the players. The Diamondbacks play about a dozen games at home in July.
2. Day Trip to the Grand Canyon: Spend the day at the Grand Canyon checking out one of Arizona's most popular attractions. You can either drive up on your own or head up with a guided tour (and leave the driving to someone else!). Here is my favorite guided tour from Phoenix.
3. Indoor Museums: You can also head indoors to see some of our highly rated museums. The Heard Museum, the Musical Instrument Museum, and the Phoenix Art Museum are three wonderful choices.
4. Brewery Hopping: Another fun thing to do is to check out some of our breweries. You will find them all around Phoenix and the Valley. I usually select one or two that are near each other, so I can sample some of the best locally made brews.
5. Shopping: If you don't like the heat, you can also take advantage of some of our shopping malls. There are many throughout the metro area.