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Weather is great all year round. That is the #1 reason Albuquerqueans say they live there. Expect brief-but-daily showers during parts of July and August (monsoon season), and during each and every day of the October Balloon Fiesta if you believe in Murphy's Law. Otherwise, Albuquerque has essentially two seasons: 1. Springish Summer 2. Mild Winter.
Many people mistake Northern New Mexico's Weather for Arizona weather, which is untrue. Unlike Arizona, Albuquerque's high-altitude deserts, and mountains, do not allow for many triple-digit days. In fact, in the past five years, (2003-2007), it has only been above 100F. "one" time. The normal mid-summer high is in the low 90's. Mid-winter highs are in the 40's & 50's. But, being clear and sunny most of the time...it feels much warmer than that.
A few other weather-related features are worth mentioning. Albuquerque has low humidity, which provides a cooling evaporative effect on your skin and inside buildings with so-called swamp coolers. Keep hydrated, of course. Spring can be very windy, with blowing dust on some days. Fall is always beautiful. Daily temperature ranges are greater than many other places, with usually more than 20 degrees difference between night and day, giving the city a chance to cool off in the evening during summer. Snow storms, when they come, are often brief and roads often clear quickly once the sun comes out. North sides of buildings and hills, however, may retain any accumulated snow for longer. Sunlight can be intense any time of the year, particularly for first-timers, so consider hats with brims, sunglasses, and sunscreen. The same is true for the altitude. Some visitors experience mild headaches until acclimated. (Dehydration may be a factor, too.) A related phenomenon contributing to an enjoyable experience outdoors is the lack, relative to many other places, of annoying mosquitoes and other bugs.
For "specific" temperatures on the dates you intend to visit, go to Intellicast.com. Select "Albuquerque." Under "Local Weather Reports," click on the "Historical" link. Enter the specific date you are interested in, and you will be given the averaged "historical" high and lows for that date. Now you can better plan what to bring, what to wear. Remember though, Mother Nature is fickle, so your actual temperatures upon arrival, may be ten degrees hotter, or colder. Residents often remind themselves that if they don't like the weather at the moment, wait five minutes.