Payson's weather is said by most to be perfect because it has four distinct seasons.At 5,000 feet elevation, Payson is generally 20 degrees cooler than Phoenix and the surrounding areas. Most weekends you will see travelers heading out of town to escape the heat of the Valley. Payson's climate is popular for it's outdoor recreation like fishing, hiking, mountain biking and more.
As with many regions in the U.S., Payson AZ weather in spring can be unpredictable. March daytime temperatures will hover in the low 60°s and can dip to below freezing overnight. By May, temperatures will generally rise to the high 70°s. Some years, it’s even warmer. Rain and snow are also possible.
Payson weather in summer is not only the hottest but also the wettest. June is a hot and dry month and windy conditions are not uncommon. July is the hottest month with average daytime temperatures in the 90°s. The monsoon season ranges anytime from the end of June through mid-September. On average, most Payson rain falls in August with an average precipitation of 2-3 inches. Monsoon thunderstorms generally blow in and out quickly. When the monsoon thunderstorms come in, they do drop the temperatures into the 70°s and even the 60°s. Summer nights are comfortable.
By the end of September, the monsoon has died out and the weather in Payson turns to warm sunny days and cool nights. September daytime temperatures are around 80°F. By late October and November, temperatures will be in the 60°s. Autumn nights are cooler, dipping into the 40°s by October and causing the leaves to change color. This is a great time to see the changing colors around Payson.
The winters in Payson weather can be quite cold overnight with lows in the 20°s and even the teens. Daytime temperatures warm up and average highs in the 40s and 50s. With most days sunny and crisp, Payson does receive rain, snow, hail or sleet. In the higher elevations outside of town and on the Mogollon Rim, will have much more snow which makes these areas the place to go for snow fun.
Average high and low temperatures by month and average precipitation are set out below: