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Luke AFB Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here
Luke AFB is located 15 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona in Maricopa County. This area has a desert climate, which means very low annual rainfall and low relative humidity. Expect blistering heat during the day in the summer, and chilly nights in the winter. Spring and fall are generally dry, and snowfall is very rare. Overall, be prepared for the temperature to change each season, with the most extreme highs in July and lows in December. Keep all these factors in mind as you become acclimated to the area.
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High temps: Mid 40s
Low temps: Mid 80s
Spring brings warmer temperatures, but it can still be quite cool at night. Arguably the most comfortable season, you’ll have a lot of flexibility in what you can do both indoors and out. The sun will be shining, so be sure to pack protective clothes, sunscreen, and plenty of water. Spring is one of the two rainy seasons, so you can expect some rain.
High temps: Mid 100s
Low temps: Mid 70s
During the summer months, you’ll experience long days with full sun and hot, dry air. You can expect up to 14 hours of sunshine a day. The temperatures peak in the mid 100s in the month of July. This can be particularly harsh, so while running errands in town, be very mindful of the temperature of your car. Keep your windows cracked, use a sun visor, and park in the shade when possible to keep the heat out. It goes without saying, but be sure to keep sunscreen handy and drink lots of water. August is the peak of the summer rainy season, so keep your umbrella handy.
High temps: High 90s
Low temps: Low 50s
Temperatures start to cool down from the summer, but fall will still include some scorching hot days. Stay hydrated and follow common sense when outside. Football season will be starting up, and luckily, you can enjoy Cardinals games indoors at the State Farm Stadium. For those not very comfortable with the desert climate, the later fall months may be the best time for friends and family to visit.
High temps: Mid 70s
Low temps: Mid 40s
Winter will bring cool and comfortable days but can get below to freezing at night. Keep an extra layer handy if you’re out and about. December has the coldest night temperatures, but Glendale is one of the warmest places in Arizona during this time. Winter may be the best time to explore the outdoors as the temperatures go down. So check out the hiking options near base and pack some layers in case it gets chilly.
Field & Training Expectations
Training in the field during the hot summer months can be especially risky. Any climate can present challenging field conditions for an Airman. Your command or the base may issue warnings or advisories before stepping off, but it is always good to check before planning for field operation. The heat in this climate deserves particular attention due to the high temperatures. See below for some tips to keep you healthy and safe.
- Hydration is key, no matter what the weather, but especially in the hotter parts of the year.
- Waterproof your gear. The rain can be unforgiving and wet gear is never fun.
- Heat injuries are totally preventable, so monitor yourself and your fellow personnel.
- If you have any questions, be sure to talk to your medical unit or the field medics.
- In short, use your best judgment in preparing for the worst. Remember, your health and safety are paramount! Check in with yourself and your teammates as you are out there training.
- Keep in mind the heat’s impact on any of your gear, including vehicles.
You can also check out the base’s twitter @LukeAFB for any emergency information.
Keep this page handy when preparing to make your move to Luke Air Force Base. In this area, sunburns and skin conditions from the extreme heat are commonplace. Be vigilant and use sunscreen, hats, and even an umbrella to combat the extreme heat and sun. Drink more water than usual to avoid dehydration. Remember to do your best to take care of yourself by preparing for hot and cold weather conditions before stepping off on any field exercises or operations. Planning, preparation, and hydration in any climate or weather condition are key!
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