The best times to visit California for ideal weather are

April 16th to November 4th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.



Other California Travel Info

Weather in California


Average temperatures in California vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is more temperate than most — in the 70th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit California, the hottest months are August, July, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late August to early September where highs are regularly around 85.8°F (29.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 61°F (16.1°C) at night.

California Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


California Temperatures (Celsius)


“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

California Perceived Temperature (F)


California Perceived Temperature (C)



Average California Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 61.3 49.8 40.4
Feb 62.3 51.5 42.4
Mar 66.7 55.2 45.5
Apr 69.8 58 47.8
May 73.9 62.3 52.2
Jun 79.6 67.6 56.9
Jul 83.2 71.2 60.8
Aug 84 71.4 60.7
Sep 82.6 69.4 58.4
Oct 75.9 63.2 52.8
Nov 66.8 55.1 45.4
Dec 59 48.9 40.5

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 16.3 9.9 4.7
Feb 16.8 10.8 5.8
Mar 19.3 12.9 7.5
Apr 21 14.4 8.8
May 23.3 16.8 11.2
Jun 26.4 19.8 13.8
Jul 28.4 21.8 16
Aug 28.9 21.9 15.9
Sep 28.1 20.8 14.7
Oct 24.4 17.3 11.6
Nov 19.3 12.8 7.4
Dec 15 9.4 4.7



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in California are August, July, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid June. For example, on the week of June 18th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid December with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.

When can you find snow in California? Weather stations report very large amounts of snow likely to be deepest around February, especially close to mid November. The best time to ski (if at all) in California is often around around November 12th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in California.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in California (in).

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 7% 5.7 1.1
Feb 10% 14.5 1.3
Mar 6% 12.2 1
Apr 4% 4.5 0.6
May 2% 1.9 0.2
Jun 1% 0 0.1
Jul 1% 0 0.1
Aug 0% 0 0.1
Sep 1% 0 0.2
Oct 3% 9.1 0.5
Nov 5% 7.7 0.7
Dec 10% 4 1.7

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 7 14.5 2.8
Feb 10 36.8 3.3
Mar 6 31 2.5
Apr 4 11.4 1.5
May 2 4.8 0.5
Jun 1 0 0.3
Jul 1 0 0.3
Aug 0 0 0.3
Sep 1 0 0.5
Oct 3 23.1 1.3
Nov 5 19.6 1.8
Dec 10 10.2 4.3


Humidity and Wind

California has some comfortably humid months, with slightly drier months on the other side of the year. The least humid month is September (43.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (58%).

Wind in California is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by April and June. May’s average wind speed of around 7 knots (8.1 MPH or 13 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early to mid April where average top sustained speeds reach 14.9 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in California.

Avg. Relative Humidity


The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

Max Sustained Wind
Average Daily Wind

Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 4.5 Light breeze 10.7 Gentle breeze
Feb 5.4 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
Mar 5.9 Light breeze 13.2 Gentle breeze
Apr 6.8 Light breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
May 7 Gentle breeze 14.3 Gentle breeze
Jun 6.7 Light breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Jul 6.2 Light breeze 12.9 Gentle breeze
Aug 5.9 Light breeze 12.5 Significant breeze
Sep 5.2 Light breeze 12 Gentle breeze
Oct 4.9 Light breeze 11.6 Significant breeze
Nov 4.6 Light breeze 10.9 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.9 Light breeze 11.4 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 52.4%
Feb 55.3%
Mar 50.5%
Apr 46.1%
May 44.6%
Jun 44.2%
Jul 45.5%
Aug 44.1%
Sep 43.8%
Oct 46.6%
Nov 51.6%
Dec 58%


Is it Safe to Travel to California?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are no travel advisories or warnings for the United States; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 23, 2019.


The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in California, United States is July, followed by June and May. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit California in November. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month


Most Popular Months to Visit

Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 50.4 in November means 50.4% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall California Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 75.7°F (24.3°C) and 62.6°F (17°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 2 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with about 0 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in California, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 84.3°F (29.1°C) and 63.5°F (17.5°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 2 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in California to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 64.2°F (17.9°C) and 57.4°F (14.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 2 to 3 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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