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Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States of America. Author Tobias Alt

Grand Canyon climate: when to go to the Grand Canyon

The climate of the plateau above the Grand Canyon is desert and semi-rigid climate, with significant temperature ranges that are quite well marked between the day and night. The temperatures of the North Rim (the northern part of the canyon) are generally lower than the South Rim because the altitude difference is about 300 meters.

The annual average minimum temperatures of the Grand Canyon region remain below freezing in the months from November to March in the South Rim, and from October to April in the North Rim. On both sides of the canyon, in the winter, heavy snowfalls are common, this sometimes makes it difficult to visit the canyon in the winter months. The North Rim infact remains closed from mid-October to mid-May, while the South Rim is open year-round. The snow remains on the ground during most of the winter months.

Inside the canyon summer temperatures can be very high, while winter temperatures are generally mild. If you want to explore the interior of the canyon on foot, you have to consider that between June and September the average maximum temperatures exceed 35 ° C with peaks of 41 ° C in August.

WHEN TO GO TO THE GRAND CANYON

IThe best months to visit the Grand Canyon are those between May and September.

Grand Canyon Travel Guide.

Main attractions of the Grand Canyon.

GRAND CANYON CLIMATE TABLES

SOUTH RIM – GRAND CANYON (2.134 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -8 5 33
February -6 7 39
March -4 10 35
April 0 15 23
May 4 21 16
June 8 27 10
July 12 29 45
August 12 28 57
September 8 24 39
October 2 18 27
November -3 11 23
December -7 6 41
YEAR 388

INNER CANYON – GRAND CANYON (732 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January 2 13 17
February 6 17 19
March 9 22 20
April 13 28 11
May 17 33 9
June 22 38 7
July 26 41 21
August 24 39 35
September 21 36 24
October 14 29 16
November 8 20 10
December 2 14 22
YEAR 211

NORTH RIM – GRAND CANYON (2.438 metres)
Month Average low (°C) Average high (°C) Precip. (mm) Precip. days
January -9 3 80
February -8 4 81
March -6 7 67
April -2 12 43
May 1 17 29
June 4 23 21
July 8 25 49
August 7 24 72
September 4 21 50
October -1 15 35
November -4 8 37
December -7 4 71
YEAR 635

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