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 and September
  • The weather is good all year in Los Angeles
  • On average, the warmest months in Los Angeles are July, August and September, and the coldest months are January, February and December
  • December is the wettest month in this city
  • The cities with the best climate are Los Angeles , Palm Springs, San Diego, Joshua Tree National Park, Malibu, Newport Beach, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Lompoc, Oxnard, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Temecula, Topanga, Bakersfield, Carlsbad, Chula Vista and Huntington Beach, with good weather at least 11 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:

Month
January 31°F to 65°F
15%
February 29°F to 63°F
23%
March 34°F to 67°F
18%
April 41°F to 74°F
15%
May 47°F to 81°F
10%
June 58°F to 90°F
5%
July 65°F to 95°F
6%
August 67°F to 94°F
5%
September 61°F to 88°F
4%
October 49°F to 76°F
9%
November 38°F to 68°F
15%
December 27°F to 61°F
24%
* weather varies across the country

Best time to travel to California by cities

Los Angeles

Best time to go to Los Angeles

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

Palm Springs

Best time to go to Palm Springs

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

San Diego

Best time to go to San Diego

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

San Francisco

Best time to go to San Francisco

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

Yosemite National Park

Best time to go to Yosemite National Park

The best months to go to Yosemite National Park are june, july, august and september.

Death Valley National Park

Best time to go to Death Valley National Park

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


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Climate and Weather in California

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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 , Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco and Yosemite National Park, as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

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Where to go in California?

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 72°F70°F74°F74°F77°F81°F86°F88°F88°F81°F76°F68°F
Palm Springs67°F67°F74°F79°F86°F97°F103°F101°F95°F83°F74°F63°F
San Diego70°F67°F68°F70°F72°F77°F81°F83°F85°F77°F74°F67°F
San Francisco63°F61°F63°F65°F68°F74°F76°F76°F79°F74°F67°F61°F
Yosemite National Park41°F38°F41°F47°F54°F68°F76°F74°F70°F58°F47°F38°F
Death Valley National Park63°F67°F76°F83°F92°F103°F108°F106°F101°F86°F72°F61°F
Joshua Tree National Park70°F72°F79°F83°F92°F101°F106°F104°F99°F88°F77°F67°F
Malibu70°F67°F70°F72°F77°F81°F86°F88°F88°F81°F74°F67°F
Moss Beach61°F61°F61°F63°F65°F68°F72°F72°F74°F70°F65°F61°F
Napa Valley63°F63°F67°F72°F77°F85°F90°F90°F90°F79°F68°F59°F
Newport Beach70°F68°F70°F70°F74°F77°F81°F83°F85°F79°F74°F67°F
Sacramento61°F63°F67°F74°F81°F92°F99°F99°F95°F81°F68°F59°F
San Bernardino68°F67°F72°F76°F81°F88°F95°F95°F94°F83°F74°F65°F
Santa Barbara68°F65°F68°F70°F76°F77°F83°F83°F81°F76°F70°F65°F
Santa Monica70°F68°F70°F72°F76°F77°F83°F85°F85°F77°F74°F67°F
Hollywood72°F70°F72°F74°F77°F81°F86°F88°F88°F81°F76°F68°F
Lake Tahoe41°F41°F45°F50°F59°F70°F81°F79°F74°F61°F49°F38°F
Lompoc68°F65°F67°F68°F72°F76°F79°F81°F79°F76°F70°F65°F
Lone Pine52°F54°F59°F67°F74°F86°F92°F92°F85°F72°F61°F50°F
Mammoth Lakes38°F36°F41°F47°F56°F68°F77°F76°F72°F58°F45°F34°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 , Palm Springs, San Diego, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Malibu, and 31 other cities.

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

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