When is the best time to go to San Francisco?

The city of San Francisco is one of the destinations that can be visited throughout any season. Only the traveller's expectations and their financial capacities help determine the best time to go.

In order to enjoy the beautiful weather, nothing beats the summer period when the sun is at its highest. Moreover, it is possible to combine your stay with the discovery of some of the most significant cultural events, like the Stern Grove Festival.

In the spring and autumn, the relatively cool temperatures are easily forgotten, especially with exciting holidays like the Oktoberfest; this custom festival imported all the way from Munich by immigrants has kept all its authenticity: beer, sausages and great music await you, to the delight of travellers.

In winter, the rates offered by travel professionals are very tempting, but be prepared to deal with the freshness and rain.

So, when is the best time to go to San Francisco? Here's some more information to help you in your decision:

  • The best months for good weather in San Francisco are March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November
  • On average, the warmest months are June, July, August, September and October
  • San Francisco has dry periods in April, May, June, July, August, September and October
  • The coldest months are January, February and December

For full information about the climate and weather in San Francisco a specific month, click on the corresponding line below:

January 50°F/58°F
February 52°F/59°F
March 52°F/61°F
April 56°F/65°F
May 58°F/67°F
June 63°F/72°F
July 65°F/74°F
August 65°F/74°F
September 65°F/76°F
October 61°F/70°F
November 56°F/63°F
December 50°F/58°F

Weather and climate in San Francisco

A city on the west coast of the USA, in the heart of California and not far from Los Angeles, San Francisco enjoys a temperate climate, similar to that of a mediterranean type temperature. Thus, it is warm and fresh all year round and if summers are very dry, winters are on the contrast, rather quite humid. The climate in San Francisco is influenced by the presence of the Pacific Ocean.

Summer in San Francisco

Unlike in New York, where one is faced with very hot and sweltering summers, San Francisco experiences a more mild summer, with temperatures at around 25° C and very low rainfall, making the rate of sunshine particularly high: about nine or ten hours per day. Mornings are however a bit cool in San Francisco. On top of this, a mist settles regularly on the city during this period, bringing humidity and freshness.

Winter in San Francisco

Due to the temperate climates, San Francisco enjoys relatively mild winters. It is rare to see temperatures drop into the negative here, although the rainfall remains generally rare in San Francisco or California, it is much more concentrated during the winter months. Snowfalls are even rarer.

Spring in San Francisco

The Spring in San Francisco is quite pleasant with temperatures that climb gradually until they attain their summer level. There is relatively little rain at this time and late spring in particular is especially dry.

Autumn in San Francisco

In autumn, the climate of San Francisco faces temperatures that decrease gradually until they reach the freshness of winter. The early fall is very dry, but by the end in November it has more precipitation which further announces the arrival of winter. In early autumn and summer, it is not uncommon to observe sheets of fog along the coast and sometimes even in the city, bringing with them humidity and cool temperatures.

San Francisco : Golden Dawn Bridge - HDR

Charts: temperature and rainfall in San Francisco

In the charts below, you can see the following seasonal norms for the city of San Francisco: the minimum and maximum outdoor temperature, the risk and amount of monthly rainfall, daily average sunshine, sea temperature, and relative humidity for each month of the year.

Outside temperature

Precipitation (rainfall)

Daily sunshine hours

Sea temperature


Map of California

San Francisco appears on the map below with a blue icon. The other cities or locations in California appear on the map with a black icon. Click for information about the climate.

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Legend: San Francisco other locations

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