San Diego Weather Averages

San Diego, California has an exceptionally moderate climate. Summers are cool and winters are warm. Storms are uncommon and rain is infrequent.

This page gives detailed information on the annual weather averages for San Diego.

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The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the San Diego International Airport, located on San Diego Bay near the city center.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

70 °F annual average high 21 °C
58 °F annual average low 14 °C

San Diego's coldest days of the year usually occur in mid December when the daily maximum temperature averages 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius) and the minimum averages 48 °F (9 °C).

The year's hottest days are normally in late August. The average temperature peaks then with daily highs of 77 °F (25 °C) and nighttime lows of 67 °F (19 °C).

171 days 70 °F max. or more (21 °C)
64 days 50 °F min. or less (10 °C)

Normally every day in San Diego has a temperature of 50 °F (10 °C) or more. The city averages just 1 day a year when the thermometer reaches into the 90s °F (over 32 °C). The temperature doesn't normally climb above 100 °F (38 °C), even on the hottest days.

At night, the thermometer dips to 40 °F (4 °C) or below on 2 days a year. San Diego usually never cold gets cold enough for frost.

Rainy Weather iconPrecipitation

10.3 in total precipitation 263 mm
42 days of rain or snowfall

February is usually the wettest month of the year in San Diego, while August is the driest. San Diego's dry climate means that no month averages a total rainfall of more than 2.3 inches (58 mm).

Snowy Weather iconSnow

0 in total snowfall 0 cm
0 days with new snow

It normally never snows in San Diego. On rare occasions, the airport weather station has recorded a trace of snow.

Sunny Weather iconSun

68 % sunshine
146 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in San Diego during 68 percent of daylight hours on average year round, for a total of 3022 hours annually. Typically on 146 days a year the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in San Diego averages 12 hours and 10 minutes a day. The shortest days of the year in mid December have 10 hours and 0 minutes of daylight. The year's longest days in mid June last 14:19 from sunrise to sunset.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

69 % average humidity

The annual average for relative humidity in San Diego ranges throughout the day from 76 percent in the early morning to 58 percent at 1:00 pm.

Local Time1 am4 am7 am10 am1 pm4 pm7 pm10 pm
Humidity % 76 76 74 62 58 62 71 75

Windy Weather iconWind

7.0 mph wind speed average 11.3 kph

May is usually the windiest month for San Diego, and the wind is calmest during December.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

7 days precipitation of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
3 days with thunderstorms a year

Heavy rainstorms are infrequent and snowstorms unheard of in San Diego. The city averages just two days a year when it rains an inch (25 mm) or more.

Thunderstorms, although not common in San Diego, can arrive at any time of the year.

Reference

These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals.

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