San Diego Weather Tips
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One of the main reasons that people move to San Diego is our year-round “perfect” weather. While it’s true that we do have a pretty stellar Mediterranean climate, the weather can actually vary greatly throughout the county. Knowing the typical weather patterns in various neighborhoods can help you decide what part of San Diego you’d most enjoy living in.
THE BIGGEST DETERMINING FACTOR FOR weather in San Diego is where you are relative to the coast. The climate changes a lot when you leave the beaches and head inland!
In the summer-time, San Diego's coastal towns will have cooler temperatures and steady, refreshing sea breezes. They also have more of a marine layer, low-lying clouds that form over the water and typically burn off by late-morning or early-afternoon. We call the marine layer "May Gray" and "June Gloom", but in truth the cloudy/foggy mornings are around more than just those two months.
As you head inland (during the summer), temperatures will heat up and air flow will be a little less, but you’ll have more sun in the mornings. It's common for the temperature to be 10-20 degrees hotter just 10-15 miles from the coast during the summer.
During the winter, it’s the opposite. The coastal towns stay warmer/more temperate due to the ocean, and the inland areas get colder. I recommend that you check the average temperatures for different towns/neighborhoods you’re considering (for different months of the year), so you have an idea of what the weather will be like.
Another thing that may surprise you is that San Diego does, in fact, have seasons! They may not be as dramatic as they are in other places, but San Diego's weather definitely changes throughout the year. One of our most noticeable seasonal patterns is “May Gray and June Gloom” - this is the time of year when the marine layer is the strongest. These months are the least sunny of the entire year. During May and June, we can have days when the sun doesn’t break through the clouds until late in the afternoon, especially the closer you get to the coast.
Summer in San Diego can get hot and humid, especially inland; it’s common for temperatures to reach the mid-80s, 90s, and even 100s in some of the eastern areas of the county during the summer months. But it always cools down at night. At the coast, summer nights can even get a little chilly.
Winter is San Diego’s rainy season, which typically runs from around December through around March. Even in normal years, though, we don’t get much rain - usually less than 12 inches per year.
If you’re a fan of fall foliage, don’t worry - you can still see leaves change here in San Diego! Some beautiful fall hikes are just a short drive north of the city in places like Julian and Fallbrook, and you can even watch the colors change in the city itself in Balboa Park and other green spaces.
Enjoying the weather where you live is a big part of finding your desired lifestyle and your dream home. I personally think that San Diego is a great place to live all year long, but if you’re considering a move to San Diego, I recommend visiting during a couple different seasons to get a taste of the true San Diego climate!
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