The best times to visit Monterey for ideal weather are

May 14th 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 Monterey Travel Info

Weather in Monterey


Average temperatures in Monterey vary little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 59th 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 Monterey, the hottest months are September, August, and then July. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late August to early September where highs are regularly around 73.2°F (22.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 54.8°F (12.7°C) at night.

Monterey Temperatures (Fahrenheit)


Monterey 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.

Monterey Perceived Temperature (F)


Monterey Perceived Temperature (C)



Average Monterey 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 63.3 51.2 42.5
Feb 61.8 52.3 44.8
Mar 63.4 53.7 45.9
Apr 63.3 54.3 47
May 64.9 56.1 49.7
Jun 67.8 58.5 52.3
Jul 68.5 59.9 54.7
Aug 69.1 60.5 54.9
Sep 70.9 61.1 54
Oct 70.2 59.7 51.6
Nov 65.6 54.7 46.4
Dec 60.6 50.6 42.6

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 17.4 10.7 5.8
Feb 16.6 11.3 7.1
Mar 17.4 12.1 7.7
Apr 17.4 12.4 8.3
May 18.3 13.4 9.8
Jun 19.9 14.7 11.3
Jul 20.3 15.5 12.6
Aug 20.6 15.8 12.7
Sep 21.6 16.2 12.2
Oct 21.2 15.4 10.9
Nov 18.7 12.6 8
Dec 15.9 10.3 5.9



Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Monterey are July, August, 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 late May. For example, on the week of May 21st 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 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.

When can you find snow in Monterey? Weather stations report no annual snow. 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 Monterey.

Days with precipitation

Snow on the Ground

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

Snow depth

Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 13% 0 2
Feb 21% 0 2.4
Mar 14% 0 2.1
Apr 10% 0 1.1
May 2% 0 0.3
Jun 1% 0 0.1
Jul 0% 0 0
Aug 0% 0 0.1
Sep 1% 0 0.1
Oct 5% 0 0.9
Nov 14% 0 1.5
Dec 20% 0 3.2

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 13 0 5.1
Feb 21 0 6.1
Mar 14 0 5.3
Apr 10 0 2.8
May 2 0 0.8
Jun 1 0 0.3
Jul 0 0 0
Aug 0 0 0.3
Sep 1 0 0.3
Oct 5 0 2.3
Nov 14 0 3.8
Dec 20 0 8.1


Humidity and Wind

Monterey has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is January (56.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (71.9%).

Wind in Monterey is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by April and June. May’s average wind speed of around 5.8 knots (6.7 MPH or 10.8 KPH) is considered “a light 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 13.3 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

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

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 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.9 Gentle breeze
Feb 4.5 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Mar 4.7 Light breeze 11 Gentle breeze
Apr 5.7 Light breeze 12.3 Significant breeze
May 5.8 Light breeze 11.9 Gentle breeze
Jun 5.6 Light breeze 11.3 Significant breeze
Jul 5.1 Light breeze 11.2 Gentle breeze
Aug 4.8 Light breeze 10.4 Gentle breeze
Sep 4 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze
Oct 3.9 Barely noticeable 9.7 Gentle breeze
Nov 3.7 Barely noticeable 8.9 Gentle breeze
Dec 4.1 Light breeze 9.6 Gentle breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 56.6%
Feb 62.5%
Mar 61.4%
Apr 59.9%
May 62.3%
Jun 65.5%
Jul 71.3%
Aug 71.9%
Sep 67.3%
Oct 61.8%
Nov 60.7%
Dec 60.9%


Is it Safe to Travel to Monterey?

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 Monterey, CA, US is July, followed by August 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 Monterey in September. 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 somewhat extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 34.1 in September means 34.1% of the tourists vs. July.



Overall Monterey Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderately cold. Highs range from 68°F (20°C) and 61.8°F (16.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 4 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 comfortably cool 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 Monterey, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 72°F (22.2°C) and 63.9°F (17.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 4 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 Monterey to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 65.3°F (18.5°C) and 59.4°F (15.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 6 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.


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