2016: Tied 3rd warmest year on record for Phoenix

Posted on Jan-01-2017 at 22:13:00

The year 2016 is now in the books, so it’s time to see how the year was when it came to the temperatures in Phoenix. Bottom line, it was a warm year for Phoenix Sky Harbor, where the official observations are taken.

The average high temperature for the year was 88.5 degrees, which is the 4th warmest year since records began in 1896.

The year with the highest average high temperature was 1989, coming in at 89.8 degrees. The lowest average high temperature was 81.4 degrees, which occurred in 1913.

As for the average low temperature, it came in at 65.0 degrees this year, which is the 3rd warmest on record. The warmest average low for a given year stands at 65.4 degrees, which occurred in 2014 and 2015.

Taking all temperatures into account, the average temperature for the entire year in Phoenix came in at 76.7 degrees, which ties with the years 2012 and 2015 for the 3rd warmest on record. The warmest yearly average on record occurred in 2014 with an average of 77.1 degrees.  

The highest temperature Phoenix reached this year occurred on June 19th when the thermometer spiked to a sweltering 118 degrees. On the flip side, the coldest temperature recorded this year was 34 degrees which occurred on February 3rd.

Top five warmest average high temperatures

Year Avg High
1989 89.8
2014 88.9
2012 88.7
2016 88.5
1934 88.3

 

Top five coolest average high temperatures

Year Avg High
1913 81.4
1912 81.9
1915 82
1964 82.4
1905 82.5

 

Top five warmest low temperatures

Year Avg Low
2014 65.4
2015 65.4
2016 65
2003 64.9
2007 64.8

 

Top five coolest low temperatures

Year Avg Low
1917 53.2
1964 53.3
1965 53.9
1912 54.4
1920 54.4

 

 Top five warmest average temperatures

Year Average
2014 77.1
1989 76.9
2012 76.7
2015 76.7
2016 76.7

 

Top five coolest average temperatures 

Year Average
1964 67.8
1913 68
1912 68.1
1915 68.6
1965 68.6