Los Angeles Weather

Los Angeles WeatherVisitors to the Los Angeles area, including its southern suburbs and the popular Orange County region, will enjoy a pleasant, Mediterranean climate all year round. Seasonal changes occur in the forms of dry summers and wet winters, but the transitions in temperature variations tend to be moderate. Autumn and spring daytime temperatures are pleasing and mild, with little activity in the way of precipitation and visitors will enjoy cooler evenings for sightseeing and socializing during these times. It should also be noted that the milder temperatures minimize smog and create a more comfortable breathing climate for those with allergies and asthma.

Average summer temperatures fluctuate from highs near 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius) to lows around 66 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Fahrenheit). It is not uncommon for high temperatures in the summer to exceed 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) and can exacerbate Los Angeles' smog issue. However, the coastal area is always pleasant during the hotter months and provides a refreshing atmosphere to thousands of overheated tourists. The mild winter temperatures average between highs of 65 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) and lows around 48 degrees Fahrenheit (9 degrees Celsius). The winter months, taking into account the mild temperatures, fewer tourists and lower hotel costs, are an ideal time to visit Los Angeles.

Rain is somewhat rare in Los Angeles which, despite its lush, green surroundings, is considered to be a high desert region. The highest amount of rainfall accumulations occur in February, but the rainy season generally gets its start in December and lasts through until April, with daily rainfall amounts being difficult to predict. Rainfall from May until November is virtually nonexistent. Fortunately, snow tends to be extremely rare in Los Angeles. The exception to this, of course, is the greater snowfall accumulations within the higher elevations of the San Gabriel Mountains.

Visitors to Los Angeles should familiarize themselves with the infamous Santa Ana winds. Defined by the National Weather Service as "strong down slope winds that blow through the mountain passes in southern California," the Santa Ana Winds will sweep through the Los Angeles area in the fall, winter and occasionally, the early spring, when the surface air in the desert becomes cooler. Despite their cooler formations, the Santa Ana winds are dry and hot. The winds can blow in excess of 45 miles per hour, although gusts can rip through the area at a greater amount and will usher in hotter, dry temperatures throughout the region.