Phoenix Weather in October

By October, 100-degree F (over 38 °C) weather is unusual, rather than the norm at Phoenix, Arizona. Yet the days remain mainly sunny and dry.

This page gives detailed information on the typical October temperature, precipitation, sun, humidity, wind and storms for Phoenix.

The temperature and rainfall numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered in downtown Phoenix. The rest of the weather measurements are averages at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located a few miles southeast of the city center.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

89 °F October average high 32 °C
64 °F October average low 18 °C

In most years, Phoenix averages a daily maximum temperature for October that's between 86 and 92 degrees Fahrenheit (30 to 34 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 62 and 67 °F (17 to 19 °C).

The days at Phoenix cool more rapidly during October. By the end of the month, the temperature has dropped around 11 °F (6 °C) below what it was at the start.

16 days 90 °F max. or more (32 °C)
25 days 70 °F min. or less (21 °C)

Nearly every October day warms to over 80 °F (27 °C) in Phoenix. The city averages 2 days this month when the thermometer reaches into the 100s °F (over 32 °C).

The thermometer dips to 60 °F (16 °C) or below on an average of 7 nights. But only rarely does October get as cold as 50 °F (10 °C).

Rainy Weather iconRain

0.7 in total precipitation 17 mm
2 days of rain

Every few years, Phoenix receives no rain in October. The rainiest Octobers get at least 0.8 inches (20 mm).

Sunny Weather iconSun

88 % sunshine
20 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Phoenix during 88 percent of daylight hours on average in October, for a total of 309 hours in the month. Typically on 20 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in October at Phoenix lasts for 11 hours and 19 minutes a day on average. The longest day of the month is the 1st with 11 hours and 49 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have shortened to 10:50 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

37 % October average humidity

The relative humidity in Phoenix during October usually peaks at 51 percent in the morning then drops to 23 percent by late afternoon.

Local Time2 am5 am8 am11 am2 pm5 pm8 pm11 pm
Humidity % 47 51 47 31 23 23 33 41

Windy Weather iconWind

5.8 mph October wind speed average 9.3 kph

October is a little less windy than most other months in Phoenix.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

0 days rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
1 day with thunderstorms in October

About twice a decade, Phoenix receives an inch (25 mm) or more of rain in one day during October.


These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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