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Phoenix Weather in October

Phoenix weather in October is the start of Fall in The Valley. Temperatures start to dip down, and it is enjoyable to go outside pretty much anytime during this month. This is the month when most of the "snowbirds" start arriving from the colder parts of Northern America, so you know it will be just about perfect.

Since the temps are more comfortable, Jill and I love that we can dress more comfortably and not worry as much about what to wear and when to go outside because of the heat.

Some of our favorite places to visit during this month include the Phoenix Zoo and the Desert Botanical Garden. We also love to play some video games, ride bumper cars, and go for roller coaster rides at Castles N' Coasters.

Read on for more information on average temperatures, what to pack for your trip here to the Valley of the Sun, and some fun things to do to enjoy our beautiful city.

More about the Phoenix Weather in October

Since Fall is now here, the temperatures are becoming much more comfortable and enjoyable to venture out any time of the day. It is still quite warm, but you won't have to worry about overheating and having to sit inside all the time during the middle of the day. There is usually a nice breeze coming through which makes the Phoenix weather in October even more relaxing.

The mornings are great to venture out as the temperatures usually are in the upper 60s or lower 70s. We love that they slowly increase to a very comfortable average in the mid-80s or very low 90s. When you add in that nice breeze, it is very easy to do whatever you want and enjoy both indoor or outdoor attractions.

Phoenix weather in October graphic with highs and lows

The evenings are really great to hang out and watch the sunrise or sunset anywhere in the city and especially at places like the Hole in the Wall, the Desert Botanical Gardens or any of the parks or preserves around Phoenix. They are all easy to get to and most have easy walks or some climbing if you choose the more difficult ones.

Phoenix weather in October has very little rain, so you don't really have to worry about planning it. We  usually only get about a half an inch all month long. 

Even though it's starting to cool down, you'll want to stay hydrated as the sun can wear you down without you even realizing it.

Average High in October: 89 degree Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius)

Average Low in October: 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius)

Average Monthly Rainfall: 0.58 inches

Record High: 107 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius)

Record Low: 34 degrees Fahrenheit (1 degree Celsius)

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What to Wear in Phoenix in October

Phoenix weather in October is wonderful since you are now able to have more choices in what you want to wear. Since the weather is milder, you won't feel like you are going to have to change after the daylight is gone because of the heat. The mornings and evenings are cool, and the daytime is cooler than September. Since Phoenix is so casual, you have a lot more options.

What to Pack for Phoenix in October graphic


Shirts: This is the time of year when you can start to wear mostly light shirts and some very light longer sleeved shirts. I mostly wear tank-tops and some short sleeved shirt as I like the ability to get a bit of a tan without getting sunburns. At night I like to wear a short sleeved shirt or a very light and thin longer sleeved shirt when I need a bit more warmth and comfort.

Dresses and Skirts: Skirts are still my favorite this time of year as they allow for a nice comfortable feeling during the Phoenix weather in October. If I was visiting, I'd probably pack one or two depending on how long I was going to be here in The Valley. As for dresses, it is a tossup as it can be cool enough to wear one as long as it is, again, light and flowing so your body can breathe freely. I prefer to wear dresses only at the end of the month as that it cools down enough to be comfortable. I also try to wear them when I go out in the evenings to be a more upscale, but skirts are just fine too.

Pants/Jeans/Shorts: I still highly recommend  wearing shorts during the first week or two of the Phoenix weather in October as it can still be a little hotter. After it starts to cool down more and more, then I'd say pants are a worthwhile option starting around the 2nd or 3rd week of the month. As for jeans, I would suggest only packing one pair or two at the most as it is still fairly warm. Jeans can be too restrictive, in my opinion, during most of October. However, if you like to stay warm and want to just makes sure you will be warm enough, it is fine.

Shoes: Tennis shoes, flip-flops, and sandals are still going to be the right choice even though the Phoenix weather in October is cooling down. I would definitely suggest wearing tennis shoes if you are going to do a lot of walking, hiking, or strolling around the Phoenix Zoo since it can take a long time. However, if you are just going out to have a little fun in The Valley, you can't really go wrong with any of the three types of shoes listed above as long as you feel comfortable in them.


Shirts: Aram still usually wears tank tips or light t-shirts early in this month since he likes to stay cool and keep that suntan look going as long as possible. As the month progress, he'll start to switch into very light longer sleeved shirts at nights, but that is about it. If he goes for long walks, runs, or hiking, he'd definitely wear shorter sleeved shirts no matter what time because of the physical exertion and heat.

Pants/Jean/Shorts: The first few weeks are still hot enough to wear shorts and maybe a light pair of linen pants or other lighter material. Anything other than that will just be too hot and uncomfortable during the daytime and probably the morning and evening. As the month comes to an end, it is more likely that you can wear some pants but I'd still suggest not wearing jeans since you will be pretty constricted and your body might get a bit overheated. That being stated if you run cold, then jeans would be just fine for you.

Shoes: I would suggest wearing mostly tennis shoes or possibly sandals during the early part of the month as it is still pretty warm. I would definitely wear tennis shoes if I was going hiking or any type of longer walking or outdoor adventure. If you are mostly staying inside, or going somewhere that you want to dress up more for like an upscale restaurant, I'd suggest bringing along a nice pair of shoes, but you can still get away with casual at this point since the Phoenix weather in October can be so up and down.

5 Things to Do in Phoenix in October

October Weather in the Desert Botanical Gardens

1. Indigenous Peoples/Columbus Day: This holiday is especially important in Arizona since so many Native American people live in this state. There are usually parades, celebrations, and parties in different parts of the city. One of the favorites is the Native American Market at Talking Stick Resort.

2. Sporting Events: There is nothing better than getting out to see some great sports in Phoenix. Some of these include the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, the University of Arizona Sun Devils football team, the NBA's Phoenix Suns basketball team, the USL's Phoenix Rising FC soccer team and more.

3. Concerts: Being that it is cooling down, this is a great time to find some of the biggest musicians and bands traveling down to Phoenix. There are many locations throughout the city, and you will find bands such as The Backstreet Boys, Judas Priest, The Eagles, Lady A, and many others. You will not have a problem finding a musical style that you love and will want to see when you come here.

4. Take the Kiddies Out: Phoenix weather in October allows spend time either indoors or out. The Children's Museum of Phoenix has so many interactive exhibits. It is perfect for kids of all ages. The Arizona Science Center will give all your family a fun and interactive experience. One of the favorites for everyone is The Ultimate Indoor Legoland Playground.

5. Shopping: There are so many malls, galleries, and resorts that you can purchase just about anything you could imagine in The Valley. Phoenix weather in October is perfect for shopping since there are so many choices and you could easily walk around great areas like Old Scottsdale, Roosevelt Row Arts Districts, and others in the city.

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