When is the best time to go to California?

When is the best time to go to California? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In California, the weather is good everywhere in June, July, August and September
  • The weather is good all year in Los Angeles
  • On average, the warmest months in Los Angeles are July, August, September and October, and the coldest months are January, February and December
  • The rainiest months in this city are January, February and December
  • Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is the city with the best climate, with good weather 20 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Los Angeles are June, July, August, September, October and November

For information about the climate and the weather city by city in California for a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 20°F to 70°F
1 to 13 days*
February 18°F to 70°F
1 to 11 days*
March 23°F to 76°F
0 to 13 days*
April 32°F to 83°F
0 to 8 days*
May 40°F to 90°F
0 to 6 days*
June 52°F to 103°F
0 to 4 days*
July 59°F to 106°F
0 to 6 days*
August 58°F to 106°F
0 to 4 days*
September 49°F to 99°F
0 to 3 days*
October 36°F to 86°F
0 to 6 days*
November 27°F to 76°F
0 to 10 days*
December 18°F to 68°F
0 to 12 days*
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to California by cities

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

The best months to go to Los Angeles are january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, october, november and december.

Big Sur

Big Sur

The best months to go to Big Sur are april, may, june, july, august, september, october and november.

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

The best months to go to Death Valley National Park are march, april, may, june, september and october.

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Temperatures and rainfall in California

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of California and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Los Angeles , Big Sur, Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek and Hollywood, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

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This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Los Angeles 68°F68°F70°F74°F76°F79°F85°F86°F86°F81°F76°F67°F
Big Sur59°F59°F59°F61°F63°F67°F70°F70°F72°F68°F65°F59°F
Death Valley National Park63°F67°F74°F81°F90°F103°F106°F106°F99°F85°F72°F61°F
Furnace Creek63°F67°F74°F81°F90°F103°F106°F106°F99°F85°F72°F61°F
Lake Tahoe40°F40°F41°F50°F58°F70°F79°F77°F72°F59°F49°F38°F
Napa Valley56°F59°F63°F70°F77°F85°F90°F90°F88°F77°F63°F54°F
Palm Springs63°F65°F68°F76°F81°F94°F97°F95°F92°F81°F70°F61°F
San Clemente67°F67°F67°F68°F70°F74°F79°F81°F81°F77°F72°F67°F
San Diego68°F67°F67°F68°F70°F74°F77°F79°F81°F77°F72°F67°F
San Francisco59°F61°F63°F67°F68°F72°F76°F76°F77°F74°F65°F59°F
San Jose61°F63°F65°F70°F74°F81°F85°F85°F85°F77°F68°F61°F
Santa Barbara67°F65°F67°F70°F74°F79°F83°F83°F83°F77°F72°F65°F
Santa Cruz California61°F61°F63°F65°F67°F72°F74°F76°F77°F72°F67°F59°F
Santa Monica70°F68°F70°F72°F74°F77°F81°F83°F85°F81°F76°F68°F
Sequoia National Park36°F36°F38°F45°F52°F67°F72°F72°F67°F56°F45°F36°F


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Is this weather information for California reliable?

Climate data for California has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for California allows us to determine the average for each month in Los Angeles , Big Sur, Death Valley National Park, Furnace Creek, Hollywood, Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, Oakland, and 82 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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