Information & Facts
Tucson experiences a desert climate where temperatures are
moderate and rainfall is too low to sustain any vegetation at all.
The two major seasons, namely summer and winter, with three minor
seasons; autumn, spring and the monsoon. Summer months experience
low humidity and clear skies with daytime highs reaching 100°F
(37°C) and average overnight temperatures ranging between 66°F
(19°C) and 85°F (29°C). Winters are mild with average daytime highs
between 64°F (18°C) and 75°F (24°C). The monsoon season runs from
June to August and sees very high humidity with thunderstorms and
occasional flash floods.
Tucson has an extensive public bus system operated by Sun Tran.
The city also has a large network of bike routes and with its flat
terrain is considered bike-friendly, but the heat makes this option
less attractive in the summer months. The roads are easy to follow
and driving is relatively pleasant, though the streets are
congested at certain times of day.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.