The best times to visit San Francisco for ideal weather are
early to mid January
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
Other San Francisco Travel Info
Weather in San Francisco
Average temperatures in San Francisco vary barely at all. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot all year with a chance of rain throughout most of the year. The area is far less temperate than some — in the bottom 1 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 May, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally late May to early June where highs are regularly around 91.8°F (33.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 75.9°F (24.4°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 September, August, and then July. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around late September. For example, on the week of September 24th there are 2 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in mid to late November with an average of 6 days of significant precipitation the week of November 19th.
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.
Chance of Precipitation
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 extremely humid months, and high humidity throughout the year. The least humid month is August (77.8% relative humidity), and the most humid month is January (85.8%).
Wind in San Francisco is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is February, followed by August and March. February’s average wind speed of around 3.8 knots (4.4 MPH or 7 KPH) is considered “light air.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid to late September where average top sustained speeds reach 8.5 knots, which is considered a gentle 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||3.5||Barely noticeable||7.2||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||3.8||Barely noticeable||7.6||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.6||Barely noticeable||7.5||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||3.3||Barely noticeable||6.9||Light breeze|
|May||3.2||Barely noticeable||6.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||3.2||Barely noticeable||6.8||Light breeze|
|Jul||3.4||Barely noticeable||7.1||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||3.8||Barely noticeable||8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.5||Barely noticeable||7.8||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.5||Barely noticeable||7.2||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.4||Barely noticeable||7||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||3.6||Barely noticeable||7.3||Gentle 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 somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for the Philippines; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 20, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in San Francisco, the Philippines is August, followed by July 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 San Francisco in December. 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 warm. Highs range from 91.2°F (32.9°C) and 86.2°F (30.1°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is frequent with 15 to 20 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 quite warm. These months see the least precipitation with 12 to 13 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 91.8°F (33.2°C) and 86.2°F (30.1°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a great amount: 10 to 20 days per month. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is perfect this time of year in San Francisco to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 87.9°F (31.1°C) and 84.2°F (29°C). On average, it rains or snows a very great amount: 19 to 23 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.