Berkeley, California 

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Climate in Berkeley, California

Berkeley, California gets 26 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Berkeley averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 256 sunny days per year in Berkeley. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Berkeley gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 67 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 72 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 44
Rain: averages 26 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Berkeley is 8.6 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.

9.6 / 7.5

Summer   /   Winter
September, August and July are the most pleasant months in Berkeley, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Berkeley, CaliforniaUnited States
  25.5 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  66.9 days106.2 days
  256 days205 days
  171 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

September is the hottest month for Berkeley with an average high temperature of 73.7°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in California. In Berkeley, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Berkeley are September, August and October.

In Berkeley, there are 4.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in California.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Berkeley with an average of 43.6°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Berkeley, there are 0.5 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in California.

In Berkeley, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in California.

Humidity in Berkeley is generally quite low and comfortable. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are August, July and September.

December is the wettest month in Berkeley with 4.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 56% of yearly precipitation and 1% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 25.5 inches in Berkeley means that it is wetter than most places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Berkeley with 11.2 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.2 rainy days. There are 66.9 rainy days annually in Berkeley, which is rainier than most places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 48% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 3% chance of a rainy day.

There is rarely any recorded snowfall in Berkeley, ranking it as one of the least snowy places in California. Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in Berkeley.

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    Reviews for Berkeley    14 Reviews
    Everything you wanted to know about Berkeley - 9/19/2021
    Have lived in Berkeley for about 35 years now. Housing/Real Estate: If you're looking to move here, $1,000,000 will get you a small cottage in the "flats". Most of... Read More

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    Best climate - 12/24/2013
    We have the best climate -- summers and winters are mild. Lots of... Read More

    No more hippie love here - 4/23/2011
    The 60's have left Berkeley and now it is about MONEY...and the people there have plenty of it and nice hybrid cars (looks like 2 per household) and with a great bicycle... Read More

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