Seasons in California

California it the most populated and third biggest state in USA. It is situated in western part of the country and washed by the Pacific Ocean. Relief of the state varies greatly. Central part of the California is vast Central Plain surrounded by mountains: Pacific Coast Ranges on west, Sierra-Nevada on east, Cascade Range on north and Tehachapi Mountains on south. Also there are desert in south-eastern part of the state.

Climate of coastal areas of California is formed under influence of the Pacific Ocean while weather conditions of inland territories depend on features of relief. Most of the state has Mediterranean climate with moderate temperature ranges of dry summer and rainy winter. Due to brier effect of mountains humid air from above the ocean cannot reach inland territories resulting wider ranges of temperature.


Seasons

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Spring in California

In early spring northern half of the state stays cool with daily range of temperature between 62 °F (17 °C) and 39 °F (4 °C). Elevated ski resorts may remain open until April, but in regions with lower altitude melting snow feeds waterfalls and they shine. Meantime in wine country there is vigorous vegetation of vines.

Central plain has around 66 °F (19 °C) in April but, by May temperature rises to 80 °F (27 °C). Spring in southern regions is one of the most pleasant seasons before summer humidity brings overcast and fogs. In late May southern California falls under June gloom with overcast and cooler weather.

Climate of the Spring Months

March
Max average t°: 64 °F (+18 °C)
Min average t°: 43 °F (+6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 2.6" (67 mm)
April
Max average t°: 71 °F (+22 °C)
Min average t°: 46 °F (+8 °C)
Sundial in the day: 11 hours
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 1.3" (32 mm)
May
Max average t°: 80 °F (+26.5 °C)
Min average t°: 50 °F (+10 °C)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 3 days
Precipitation: 0.3" (8 mm)

(Sacramento)

Spring holidays

March – Academy Awards; Almond, Bok Kai, Camellia Dance, Dixieland Jazz, Swallows, Wisteria, Festival of the Whales; St. Patrick's Day: Murphys, San Francisco, San Diego, Hermosa Beach.

March-April – Easter Celebrations.

April –Apple Blossom, Lemon, Orange, Asparagus, Avocado, Butter & Eggs, Antique Farm Equipment, California Poppy, California Nut, Central Valley Pizza, Cherry Blossom, Coachella Music.

April 1 – April Fool’s Day.

May –Artichoke; Boonville Beer, Calistoga Tamale, Cinco de Mayo, OC Greek, How Weird, Iris, Kinetic Sculpture Race, Strawberry, Swedish, Mule Days; Jumping Frog Jubilee; Rose Parade; Duck-a-thon; Doo Dah Parade; Fiesta Hermosa.

Summer in California

Summer in California is dry when precipitation is little to absent. Temperature grows from 80 °F (27 °C) to 88 °F (31 °C) throughout the season. Nights are much cooler with averages of 53 °F (12 °C) to 57 °F (14 °C). It is better to spend summer in coastal areas or close to major bodies of water because of blazing heat of inland regions.

Other way to avoid summer melting in California is head to elevated mountainous regions for hiking of other available activities. Summer in San-Francisco possesses some cool weather too. When fog of the Pacific Ocean covers the city temperature may vary by ≈20 °F (10 °C) in matter of miles.


Climate of the Summer Months

June
Max average t°: 87 °F (+31 °C)
Min average t°: 55 °F (+13 °C)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 0.12" (3 mm)
July
Max average t°: 93 °F (+34 °C)
Min average t°: 58 °F (+14 °C)
Sundial in the day: 14 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.04" (1 mm)
August
Max average t°: 92 °F (+33 °C)
Min average t°: 58 °F (+14 °C)
Sundial in the day: 13 hours
Rainy days: 0 days
Precipitation: 0.08" (2 mm)

(Sacramento)

Summer holidays

June – Apricot Fiesta, Orange Blossom; Ojai Wine; Atascadero Wine; Baroque Music, Carlsbad Beach, Cement Ship, Beaumont Cherry, Cotati Jazz, Huck Finn, Lompoc Flower, Mono Basin Bird; Los Angeles Pride; Fiesta del Sol; Fish Fry.

June 14 – Flag Day.

Third Sunday of June – Father’s Day.

July – Festivals: Peach, Pear, Hot Dog, Blues by the Bay, Loggers Jubilee, Salsa, Reggae on the River, Gilroy Garlic, Mozart WorldFest, US Open Surfing Beach, Kings Beach Fine Art, Sea, Sawdust, Pride, Ocean, Sawdust, San Clemente,Tour de Fleur.

July 4 – Independence Day.

August – Accordion, Big Bear Cowboy, Bodega Seafood, Casparfest, Corn, Corning Olive, Fairfield Tomato, Steinbeck; Summer Kite, Lemon, Sawdust, Scottish Games & Celtic, West Coast BBQ, Mountain Top; Festa Italiana.

Autumn in California

Autumn is perfect season across the state. Summer heat gone as well as fogs and rainy season is ahead. From September to mid-October it is still warm in California. Daytime averages drop from 82 °F (28 °C) in September to 73 °F (23 °C) in October. Surprisingly it is the warmest time in San-Francisco. Though, daily ranges are exceptionally wide and after sunset air cool down to 53 °F (12 °C) in September and 46 °F (8 °C) in October.

Weather of November is not as pleasing as it was before. Rainy season starts and monthly amount of precipitation is seven times higher than it was in first month of autumn. Daily range is between 55 °F (13 °C) at afternoon and 39 °F (4 °C) at night.


Climate of the Autumn Months

September
Max average t°: 87 °F (+31 °C)
Min average t°: 56 °F (+13 °C)
Sundial in the day: 12 hours
Rainy days: 1 day
Precipitation: 0.3" (8 mm)
October
Max average t°: 78 °F (+25.5 °C)
Min average t°: 50 °F (+10 °C)
Sundial in the day: 9.5 hours
Rainy days: 3.5 days
Precipitation: 1.0" (26 mm)
November
Max average t°: 63 °F (+17 °C)
Min average t°: 43 °F (+6 °C)
Sundial in the day: 6.5 hours
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 2.8" (70 mm)

(Sacramento)

Autumn holidays

September – Festivals: Almond, Alturas Balloon, Bean, Big Foot, Wool & Fiber, Danish, Delta Blues, Eggplant, Fog, Old Car, Grape, Lemon, Lobster, Seafood, Walnut, Monterey Jazz, Salinas Air, Sausalito Art, Tustin Tiller Days, Tall Ships, Los Alamos Old Days.

First Monday of September – Labor Day.

October – Festivals: Colony, Jazz Trax, Silverado, Wyatt Earp, Avocado, Candy, Apple Harvest, Lemon, Eggplant, Tomato, Clam, Corn Maze, Pomegranate, Butterfly, Golf Cart, Little Italy, Springville Apple; Dried Fruit.

October 31 – Halloween.

November – Festivals: Apple Butter, Los Angeles Tamale, Mandarin, Palm Springs Pride, Craftsman Days; Cowpoke Fall Gathering; Festival of Lights; Indio PowWow; LA Auto Show; Death Valley Encampment; Surfing Santa; Turkey Trots; Tree Lighting Ceremonies.

November 22 – Thanksgiving Day.

Winter in California

Winter is mild and rainy in California. Temperature hardly ever goes below freezing and sow is possible only in northernmost edges of the state and in mountains. Scenery of winter San-Francisco under snowcapped peaks is peculiar. December and January are as warm as 55 °F (13 °C) at middle of a day and as cool as 35 °F (2 °C) at night.

Averages of February are 59-37 °F (15-3 °C), but weather varies greatly across the state. Meaning somewhere around the Death Valley National Park is may reach 71 °F (22 °C) while on higher elevations there is heist of skiing season.

Climate of the Winter Months

December
Max average t°: 53 °F (+12 °C)
Min average t°: 38 °F (+3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 2.7" (69 mm)
January
Max average t°: 53 °F (+12 °C)
Min average t°: 38 °F (+3 °C)
Sundial in the day: 4.5 hours
Rainy days: 10 days
Precipitation: 3.9" (98 mm)
February
Max average t°: 60 °F (+15.5 °C)
Min average t°: 41 °F (+5 °C)
Sundial in the day: 7 hours
Rainy days: 9 days
Precipitation: 2.95" (75 mm)

(Sacramento)

Winter holidays

December – Boat Parades; Nutcracker Ballets; Tree Lighting Ceremonies; Christmas Parades; New Year's Eve; Bracebridge Dinner; Festivals: Cowboy Christmas, Christmas in Calico, Dickens, Cornish, Tamale; Cruise of Lights; Sawdust Winter Fantasy.

December 25 – Christmas.

January – Food Week; Dickens Festival; Polar Plunges; Tournament of Roses; Old Time Fiddle Festival; Pier 39 Sea Lions.

December 31-January 1 – New Year’s Celebration

January 1 – National Spaghetti Day.

January 16 – Religious Freedom Day.

Third Monday of January – Martin Luther King’s Day.

February – Chocolate Festivals; Chinese & Tet New Year; Carrot Festival; Mardi Gras; Date Festival; Mardi Gras; Civil War Days; Scottish Festival; Tulipmania; Whiskey Flat Days.