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.
Santa Barbara Travel Guide
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Weather in Santa Barbara
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)
Santa Barbara 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.
Santa Barbara Perceived Temperature (F)
Santa Barbara Perceived Temperature (C)
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.
|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 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.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Santa Barbara.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Santa Barbara (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
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.
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||Barely noticeable||9.5||Gentle breeze|
|Feb||4||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|Mar||4.6||Light breeze||11.8||Gentle breeze|
|Apr||5.3||Light breeze||13||Significant breeze|
|May||5.5||Light breeze||12.7||Gentle breeze|
|Jun||4.8||Light breeze||10.5||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.7||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Aug||4.3||Light breeze||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.9||Barely noticeable||10||Gentle breeze|
|Oct||3.7||Barely noticeable||10.1||Gentle breeze|
|Nov||3.3||Barely noticeable||9.6||Gentle breeze|
|Dec||3.4||Barely noticeable||10.2||Gentle breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Santa Barbara?
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 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
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.