West Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona have the highest temps in the southwest ... sorry Death Valley, I don't consider you one of us ... and often set records.

We know they're the hottest of the southwestern states but what parts of them are hottest and coldest? While we're on the subject, which of them has the widest gap between hottest and coldest?

In case you've ever wondered about this, the internet and I did all the math for you. Keep reading to find out ...

Using "average" temperatures, (record setting days may be different), here are the hot and cold extremes for each of the southwestern states.

What Is The Average High/Low In Texas?

Amarillo is the coldest city in Texas with an average low temp of 26 degrees. The lone star states hottest city is our very own El Chuco where the average high temp sits in the upper 90's and 100 degree days are many.

What Is The Average High/Low In Arizona?

Lake Havasu is the hottest city in Arizona with average highs in July and August sitting near 110 degrees. Meanwhile, Greer, Arizona is the Grand Canyon States coldest with the lowest lows averaging about 20 degrees.

What Is The Average High/Low In New Mexico?

As for the Land Of Enchantment, Clayton is the coldest city with average lows in the mid 20's. Orogrande, just outside of Alamogordo, is hottest with average highs of 98 degrees. To make heat matters worse, Orogrande's only got one bar ... and it's not always open.

Who Has The Craziest High/Low Of The 3 Southwestern States?

The winner for biggest temperature mood swing is .... Arizona. Using estimated averages, the difference between Az's lowest winter temps and hottest summer temps is freakin' 90 degrees.

NM is 2nd with a 73 degree gap, barely edging out Texas, (72), by 1 degree.

LOOK: The most extreme temperatures in the history of every state

Stacker consulted 2021 data from the NOAA's State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) to illustrate the hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in each state. Each slide also reveals the all-time highest 24-hour precipitation record and all-time highest 24-hour snowfall.

Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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