The best times to visit Palm Desert for ideal weather are
February 5th to April 29th
October 22nd to December 9th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Palm Desert Travel Guide
Other Palm Desert Travel Info
Weather in Palm Desert
Average temperatures in Palm Desert vary drastically. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of precipitation throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 55th 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 Palm Desert, the hottest months are July, August, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally mid August where highs are regularly around 109.6°F (43.1°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 80.4°F (26.9°C) at night.
Palm Desert Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Palm Desert Temperatures (Celsius)
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.
Palm Desert Perceived Temperature (F)
Palm Desert Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Palm Desert 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.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Palm Desert are June, May, and then April. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early March. For example, on the week of March 5th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late January with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.
When can you find snow in Palm Desert? 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 Palm Desert.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Palm Desert (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Palm Desert has no months that would be considered humid, with some very dry months. The least humid month is June (13.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is December (30.2%).
Wind in Palm Desert is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by June and April. May’s average wind speed of around 7.4 knots (8.5 MPH or 13.7 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 late May where average top sustained speeds reach 18.8 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Palm Desert.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||4.2||Light breeze||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4.5||Light breeze||11.5||Significant breeze|
|Mar||5.4||Light breeze||14||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||6.8||Light breeze||16.6||Significant breeze|
|May||7.4||Gentle breeze||17.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||6.8||Light breeze||17.6||Strong breeze|
|Jul||6.1||Light breeze||15.6||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||5.3||Light breeze||14.7||Significant breeze|
|Sep||5.2||Light breeze||13.4||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.1||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Nov||4.4||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||3.8||Barely noticeable||9.8||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Palm Desert?
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 Palm Desert, CA, US is August, 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 Palm Desert 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
Overall Palm Desert Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel warm. Highs range from 100.4°F (38°C) and 75.9°F (24.4°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 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 hot weather with high temperatures that are extremely hot. These months see moderate precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Palm Desert, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 105.9°F (41.1°C) and 74.2°F (23.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a barely noticeable amount: 0 to 1 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 somewhat cool this time of year in Palm Desert to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 76.7°F (24.8°C) and 66.8°F (19.3°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 1 to 2 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.