Carlsbad, California 

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Climate in Carlsbad, California

Carlsbad, California gets 12 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 263 sunny days per year in Carlsbad. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Carlsbad gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 38 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 73 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 44
Rain: averages 12 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Carlsbad is 9.0 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.

9.7 / 8.3

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

Climate Averages
  Carlsbad, CaliforniaUnited States
  12.0 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  38.2 days106.2 days
  263 days205 days
  52 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.

August is the hottest month for Carlsbad with an average high temperature of 74.5°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in California. In Carlsbad, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Carlsbad are August, September and July.

In Carlsbad, there are 1.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Carlsbad with an average of 43.8°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Carlsbad, there are 1.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

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

The humidity is usually comfortable in Carlsbad but some summer months can be sticky or muggy. August is the most humid month, though humidity is low for most of the year. The most humid months are August, July and September.

February is the wettest month in Carlsbad with 2.6 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.1 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 57% of yearly precipitation and 3% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 12.0 inches in Carlsbad means that it is drier than most places in California.

February is the rainiest month in Carlsbad with 6.9 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.4 rainy days. There are 38.2 rainy days annually in Carlsbad, which is less rainy than most places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 49% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 4% chance of a rainy day.

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

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    Reviews for Carlsbad    36 Reviews
    Too rude for me, but Climate is nice. - 3/17/2021
    Ok, I get it, the climate is mild and tolerable but even that is over-rated when you consider how many cloudy days there are in this town. The sun coming out at 3 and... Read More

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    We're Never Leaving - 5/16/2020
    We have lived here for 13 years and raised 3 kids in a great family-friendly area. Great weather, no crime, beautiful beaches, and lagoon, not densely populated. Along... Read More

    Carlsbad Rocks - 4/19/2020
    We have been in Carlsbad for three years, and we could not be happier with our choice. The weather is perfect--all year. In the LaCosta area where we live there is a... Read More

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