\ Phoenix: Geography and Climate

Phoenix: Geography and Climate

Located in the Salt River Valley in the south central part of the state, Phoenix is situated on flat desert terrain, bordered by lakes and the Superstition Mountains to the east and surrounded by the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The climate is warm, with low humidity. The most remarkable weather feature is sunshine approximately 325 days per year, making Phoenix one of the sunniest cities in the country.

Area: 475.09 square miles (2000)

Elevation: 1,058 feet above sea level

Average Temperatures: January, 67° F; July, 106.0° F; annual average, 72.6° F

Average Annual Precipitation: 8.3 inches