Jennifer’s posts are timely for the residents of the fine state of Minnesota. They got me to thinking that I should do something similar for the folks in Phoenix. This may prove especially helpful for our winter visitors who’ve never experienced the brutality of a Phoenix winter.
Tips for Surviving a Phoenix Winter:
1) If you open your windows late in the evening, you might be able to light your fireplace without sweating like a pig.
2) Unless you have a heated pool, don’t expect to swim much between November and February. The water temperature in an unheated pool can be in the low 60’s. In theory, hypothermia can set in at these water temps.
3) If you have a convertible, you should probably keep the top up until about 10:00am. Earlier than that, it can get a bit chilly. Top down between 10:00am and 6:00pm is normally quite enjoyable.
4) If you are going to be traveling outside southern Arizona, you may need a “coat” (defined as: “an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors”). I suggest shopping on-line as it’s virtually impossible to buy a coat in a Phoenix store. And forget about finding things like gloves, hats, and “snow boots”.
5) If you really need a snow fix, take I-17 north toward Flagstaff. In about 3 hours, you can be skiing at Arizona Snowbowl (typically open between mid December and February).
Here’s a handy chart showing the average high and low temperatures in Phoenix. Generally we consider winter here to be mid December through late February. January is our coldest month, with average high temps of only 65 degrees. Bundle up!