The best times to visit San Francisco 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.
San Francisco Travel Guide
Weather in San Francisco
Average temperatures in San Francisco vary somewhat. 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 63rd 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 San Francisco, 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 78.1°F (25.6°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.5°F (14.2°C) at night.
San Francisco Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
San Francisco 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.
San Francisco Perceived Temperature (F)
San Francisco Perceived Temperature (C)
Average San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 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 2 days of significant precipitation the week of December 17th.
When can you find snow in San Francisco? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in San Francisco.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in San Francisco (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
San Francisco has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is April (59.9% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (69.3%).
Wind in San Francisco is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by July and April. May’s average wind speed of around 8.8 knots (10.2 MPH or 16.4 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 18 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in San Francisco.
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||4.6||Light breeze||10.9||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||6.2||Light breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Mar||7.1||Gentle breeze||15||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||8.4||Gentle breeze||17.3||Strong breeze|
|May||8.8||Gentle breeze||16.6||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||8.3||Gentle breeze||16.2||Significant breeze|
|Jul||8.5||Gentle breeze||15.6||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||7.8||Gentle breeze||15.1||Significant breeze|
|Sep||6.8||Light breeze||14.3||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||5.7||Light breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|Nov||4.8||Light breeze||11.5||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||5.3||Light breeze||11.9||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to San Francisco?
Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Jan 19, 2018 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
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in San Francisco, CA, US is July, followed by August and June. 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 71.4°F (21.9°C) and 61.9°F (16.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 5 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 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in San Francisco, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 77.3°F (25.2°C) and 62.1°F (16.7°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 1 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 San Francisco to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 62.1°F (16.7°C) and 56.8°F (13.8°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 7 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.