Los Angeles Weather

Los Angeles Weather


Los Angeles climate is typically classified as semiarid or mild Mediterranean. These results from a harmonious interplay of at least three natural conditions: a cooling layer of marine air moderates the summer sun, the region’s latitude is far enough south to dissipate the most severe North Pacific winter storm, and the tall mountain ranges shield the region from potentially intense blasts of desert heat and cold. The city enjoys lots of sunshine throughout the year, with an average of 263 sunshine days and 35 days with measurable precipitation annually. Air pollution and smog are common problems, gathering in the coastal basin during periods of little air movement.

Temperatures can differ widely depending upon location, fog, wind speed, and elevation, with beach areas tending to be cooler than that of downtown Los Angeles. Of the region’s two seasons, one is a dry and moderately warm spell lasting roughly from May through October, with high temperatures of 74-84 ºF (23-29 ºC), and lows of 58-66 ºF (14-19 ºC) . The second is a wet, moderately cool, but rarely frigid period extending from November to April, with high temperatures of 68-73 ºF (20-23 ºC) and low of 48-53 ºF (9-12 ºC). The mean temperature of the city is about 64 ºF (18 ºC), and humidity tends to be high in the mornings, around 80%, though drops to around 65% in the afternoons. Los Angeles area is subject to the phenomenon typical of a microclimate, where the temperatures can vary as much as 18 ºF (10 ºC) between inland areas and the coasts. The city averages 15 inches (381.00 mm) of precipitation annually, mainly occurring during November to April, with generally light showers, though sometimes as heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. Short intense downpours or prolonged rains can trigger mud or debris slides, especially after fires have stripped hillsides of their vegetation. Snowfall is rare in the city basin, though the mountains within the city limits typically receive snowfall every winter, and the greatest snowfall recorded in downtown Los Angeles in 1932 was 2 inches (5.08 cm).

Visitors should come prepared in January and February, being the rainiest months, and if you are visiting in May, June, or July, keep a look out for the ‘marine layer’, a cloudy, almost fog- like cloud, which may affect the beach and first mile or so of the coastal strip, especially in the mornings. Bring sunglasses, a light jacket, and summer clothes, whenever you visit the city, to enjoy the great weather.





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