The best times to visit Santa Barbara for ideal weather are

April 16th to November 11th

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


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    Weather in Santa Barbara

    Temperature

    Average temperatures in Santa Barbara 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 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 Santa Barbara, 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 78.2°F (25.7°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 58.1°F (14.5°C) at night.

    Santa Barbara Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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    Santa Barbara Temperatures (Celsius)

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    “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.

    Santa Barbara Perceived Temperature (F)

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    Santa Barbara Perceived Temperature (C)

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    Average Santa Barbara 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

    MonthAvg. High (°F)Avg. Mean (°F)Avg. Low (°F)
    Jan66.852.540.2
    Feb65.753.742.7
    Mar68.456.646.2
    Apr69.157.847.5
    May71.560.550.9
    Jun7162.254.5
    Jul7465.158.1
    Aug74.865.357.6
    Sep76.365.656.6
    Oct7663.251.7
    Nov70.457.145
    Dec64.752.441

    Show Celsius

    MonthAvg. High (°C)Avg. Mean (°C)Avg. Low (°C)
    Jan19.311.44.6
    Feb18.712.15.9
    Mar20.213.77.9
    Apr20.614.38.6
    May21.915.810.5
    Jun21.716.812.5
    Jul23.318.414.5
    Aug23.818.514.2
    Sep24.618.713.7
    Oct24.417.310.9
    Nov21.313.97.2
    Dec18.211.35


     

    Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

    If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Santa Barbara 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 early May. For example, on the week of April 30th 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 2 days of significant precipitation the week of January 22nd.

    When can you find snow in Santa Barbara? 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.

    Chanceof Precipitation

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

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    Days with precipitation

    Snow on the Ground

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

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    Snow depth

    Average Rain and Snow by Month

    Show Inches

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (in)Total Precipitation (in)
    Jan13%03
    Feb16%02.3
    Mar7%01.5
    Apr6%00.9
    May2%00.2
    Jun2%00.3
    Jul0%00
    Aug0%00
    Sep1%00.1
    Oct4%00.8
    Nov8%01.2
    Dec16%03.3

    Show Centimeters

    MonthDaily Chance of RainAverage Snow Depth (cm)Total Precipitation (cm)
    Jan1307.6
    Feb1605.8
    Mar703.8
    Apr602.3
    May200.5
    Jun200.8
    Jul000
    Aug000
    Sep100.3
    Oct402
    Nov803
    Dec1608.4

     

    Humidity and Wind

    Santa Barbara has some very humid months, with other comfortably humid months. The least humid month is January (56.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (71.8%).

    Wind in Santa Barbara is usually calm. The windiest month is May, followed by April and June. May’s average wind speed of around 5.5 knots (6.3 MPH or 10.2 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 Santa Barbara.

    Key
    Avg. Relative Humidity

    Wind

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

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    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.

    MonthAvg. WindAvg. Wind FeelSustained High WindHigh Wind Feel
    Jan3Barely noticeable9.5Gentle breeze
    Feb4Light breeze11.1Significant breeze
    Mar4.6Light breeze11.8Gentle breeze
    Apr5.3Light breeze13Significant breeze
    May5.5Light breeze12.7Gentle breeze
    Jun4.8Light breeze10.5Gentle breeze
    Jul4.7Light breeze10.3Gentle breeze
    Aug4.3Light breeze9.6Gentle breeze
    Sep3.9Barely noticeable10Gentle breeze
    Oct3.7Barely noticeable10.1Gentle breeze
    Nov3.3Barely noticeable9.6Gentle breeze
    Dec3.4Barely noticeable10.2Gentle breeze

    Show Relative Humidity by Month

    MonthAvg. Relative Humidity
    Jan56.7%
    Feb61.3%
    Mar60.2%
    Apr59.2%
    May61.2%
    Jun70.3%
    Jul71.7%
    Aug71.8%
    Sep69.4%
    Oct61.1%
    Nov57.5%
    Dec59.2%

     

    Is it Safe to Travel to Santa Barbara?

    Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Mar 17, 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 Mar 15, 2019.


     

    The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

    The busiest month for tourism in Santa Barbara, CA, US is July, followed by June and August. 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 Santa Barbara 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

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    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 33.6 in November means 33.6% of the tourists vs. July.



    Overall Santa Barbara Travel Experience by Season

    Spring (March through May)

    Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 73.5°F (23.1°C) and 66°F (18.9°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 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 Santa Barbara, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

    Fall (September through November)

    Fall daily highs range from 78.2°F (25.7°C) and 67.9°F (19.9°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 Santa Barbara to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 68.7°F (20.4°C) and 63.9°F (17.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 4 to 5 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.

     

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