Climate & Weather

Los Angeles has some of the best weather in the country, maybe even the world. Though it doesn’t have clearly demarcated seasons like you’ll find on the east coast or other parts of the U.S., L.A. definitely has its own weather patterns.

Spring is typical, with warm sunny weather and a little rain (though probably less than you’d find in other parts of the country). Summer is beautiful, with hot dry weather that lacks the humidity you’d find in the southern states. Highs can reach the 90s and even over 100 degrees depending on where you are in the city. Fall and winter tend to be mild, with some rain across the city and snow up in the mountains. Typical cold weather months tend to be in the 50s and 60s, though it’s not uncommon to experience 80 degree weather in November. If you’ve ever wanted to go to the beach on Christmas Day, Los Angeles is the city for you – though we wouldn’t recommend bathing suits!

Here are a few more helpful tips about weather in Los Angeles:

  • Because of its proximity to the ocean, many mornings are overcast due to the “marine layer”. The fog/clouds usually burn off by noon, after which the sun comes out.
  • June is often characterized by cool, cloudy weather, known as “June Gloom”.
  • Downpours are rare in Los Angeles, but winter months can bring long periods of drizzling rain.
  • Since it’s somewhat of a desert climate, even warm days can end with cool evenings. A light jacket can be handy year-round.
  • The valley is generally 10-20 degrees warmer than central Los Angeles.