Phoenix lies in the Sonoran Desert and has a hot desert type of climate. The summers last long and are typically very hot while the winters are short and cool. The temperatures during the summer can reach higher than 40 °C. Unlike most deserts which witness great temperature fluctuations during the day and night, minimum temperatures in Phoenix usually hover around 25 °C in the summers. Average maximum temperature during winters hover around 15 °C and minimum temperatures around 8 °C. January is the coldest month and July the wettest. The best time to visit Phoenix would be during its mild, pleasant winters.