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San Diego

San Diego

San Diego

The climate in San Diego is extremely pleasant all year round. The temperature does not vary much from month to month. Rain showers generally occur in January and March. The average precipitation is 10in (25cm). However, near the coast and in the mountains, you will need slightly warmer clothes than you will in the desert. The evenings are generally cool.

No single season is best for visiting San Diego. Each season has its advantages: it all depends on the goal of your trip. For open-air activities the summer is better; beach lovers can experience the charms of the Pacific coast in all seasons. For desert fanatics, it is better to go in winter when the temperatures are more moderate. If you are hiking in the forest, the countryside is covered in flowers in spring and summer, while the trees take on their richest hues in the fall. Note that school holidays extend from the beginning of June to the beginning of September.

Along the Pacific and on the coastal plains, which attract the majority of visitors, the climate is similar to that of the Mediterranean, where the temperatures are mild all year. Because of the fog, a regular feature of the coastal climate that contributes to its isolation and its even temperature, the mercury rarely goes under the 39°F (4°C) mark and hardly climbs beyond 81°F (27°C). September and October are the hottest months, and December and January the coldest.

The spring, and perhaps even more the fall, best lend themselves to visiting the region. It goes without saying that summer is the season that attracts the most tourists, and the marked increase in the local population can cause problems. In the summer, just as in the spring, fog often forms in the morning and the evening; blankets of it gather at sea, sweep along the coast and only dissipate toward the middle of the day.

The fog is densest in August and September. Then, come the fall, the Santa Ana winds start blowing from the desert. These are dry, warm northeasterly winds that can reach up to 35 to 50 mph (55 to 80km/h), carrying along sand, fanning forest fires and making people edgier than usual.

It is nothing new to say that the desert is very hot in the summer, when the mercury can easily reach 100°F (38°C) and higher. Spring is a very good time to go, because the air is cooler then and the wild flowers are in full bloom. That said, the fall and winter are also pleasant.

The mountains tend to be cold in winter, cool in spring and fall, and surprisingly hot in summer. There is less precipitation here than on the coast, but the higher points receive enough snow to make the ski resorts there very popular during the winter.


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