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Old 02-24-2009, 10:14 PM
 
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Default How hot is it during the summer in AZ?

Im from Texas, and was wondering if I could survive the summer in Arizona? Also is housing more expensive in Arizona? I'm looking to stay in an apartment.

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:25 PM
 
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Where in Texas are you from? Texas is pretty hot, not Arizona hot, but then again higher humidity. Much of AZ does also get humid in late summer. Flagstaff is alot milder being in the mountains.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:35 PM
 
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Old 02-25-2009, 02:47 AM
 
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Houston is a wet heat, Phoenix is a dry heat. Your choice to sweat a lot or roast.
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:58 AM
 
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Im from Texas, and was wondering if I could survive the summer in Arizona? Also is housing more expensive in Arizona? I'm looking to stay in an apartment.
I am not sure that anyone can answer this for you. There are plenty of resources online where you can see how hot it is in different parts of the state during the summer. The Southwest Deserts and Colorado River Valley tend to be the hottest, with the Mogollon Rim often being the coolest.

There are also plenty of websites where you can find the median home prices of towns and cities around the state. With no mention of income or housing price range, only you know what you can afford.
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:19 AM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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The summer temps in Arizona are largely driven by the altitude - and since the altitude varies a great deal (from 200 feet in Yuma to 7,000 feet or so in Flagstaff) so do the temps. As a general rule of thumb, for every 1,000 feet in elevation gain the daytime temp will drop about 3-4 degrees - meaning Flagstaff will likely be 18-24 degrees cooler than Yuma at any given time. What I suggest you do is to go here (http://www.city-data.com/city/Arizona.html) and click on the names of the various cities and towns. That will bring up a profile page for each one - showing the average temps, population, crime statistics, and lots of other info.

Soon you will begin to see how the temps correlate with the altitude color coding on the map - with green areas (lowest elevation) being super hot in the summer, red areas (highest elevation) being more temperate in the summer (but much cooler in the winter), and brown areas being somewhere in the middle. As a rule of thumb you could say that the low elevation (green) areas tend to have summer highs in the low 100's, the mid-elevation (brown) areas in the low 90's or upper 80's and the high elevation areas (red) in the 80's.. All areas will experience higher humidity during July and August - though NOTHING like that in Houston (or even Dallas) - during periods of thunderstorm activity.

Hope that helps.

Ken
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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I'd be quite happy in Flag during the summer. But I live in Phoenix and it's not all that comfortable at times. I know; you're from TX and all but, AZ is a pretty big state too....kinda depends upon where you plan to go.
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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I lived in Arizona for 15 years. Temps depend on your elevation. Flagstaff has a mountain climate, so the temps drop significantly at night. Tucson is 1,000 feet higher in elevation than Phoenix, so it has cooler nights than Phoenix. Phoenix is a frying pan in the summer; it's like opening your oven. If you rent in Phoenix, try to rent on a ground floor because hot air rises, and try to rent behind a large shade tree or morning-only sunshine. Seriously, know which direction your windows are facing!
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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I can't say how hot it is in the summer. But being from Michigan and visiting in April last year it was hot. Little above average compared to other years so I was told. Right around 95-99 the week I was there. But with that said it still did not really feel uncomfortable hot. In fact we spent most days outside and I never really felt that hot. I didn't even tan. Was kind of bummed. It took me a few days to adjust mind you, coming from 40 to 97 right off the plane was a shock to the system. I also did not drink much. We plan to go back this spring and possibly move there. Nothing beats that sunshine. Oh also my brother just moved there from Ohio. Him and his kids just love it. So if they can adjust to the heat from Ohio I'd be willing to bet making the move from Texas won't be so bad.
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Old 03-30-2009, 10:09 PM
 
Location: LaPorte IN
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Hello I am a student starting clases at GCU, I am possible thinking about moving in that area. I understand its hot there! But Dry heat is different from our moist heat, correct. So does it seem hotter with out the humdity
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