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New Mexico Weather, climate and geography

Weather and climate

Best time to visit

New Mexico has a mild, arid or semiarid, continental climate characterised by light precipitation, abundant sunshine and relatively large temperature ranges. During summer, temperatures often exceed 37.8°C (100°F) at elevations below 1,524m (5,000ft), but winter temperatures will often dip down to freezing. The highest mountains (over 4,000m/13,000ft) have climate characteristics common to the Rocky Mountains and ski areas maintain good bases from late November into mid April. The state has an average elevation of about 1,433m (4,700ft) above sea level.

Required clothing

Covers a wide gamut. Warm winter clothes are required in cold snowy areas, while cool summer cotton is preferred for warmer climes. Check for weather details before visiting a section of the state.