Lancaster, CA 

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Climate in Lancaster, CA

Lancaster, CA is located in the high desert of Southern California. This region has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures peak in the mid 90s Fahrenheit while average winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing. The area receives an average of 8 inches of rain per year, resulting in dry conditions most of the year. There are occasional cold fronts that bring windy and rainy weather to the area, but these are typically short-lived events. Generally, Lancaster has sunny skies and comfortable temperatures for the majority of the year.

Lancaster, California gets 8 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Lancaster averages 1 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 281 sunny days per year in Lancaster. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Lancaster gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 32 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 98 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 32
Rain: averages 8 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 1 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Lancaster is 8.0 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in California.

7.3 / 7.5

Summer   /   Winter
May, October and April are the most pleasant months in Lancaster, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Lancaster, CaliforniaUnited States
  7.7 in.38.1 in.
  0.9 in.27.8 in.
  31.5 days106.2 days
  281 days205 days
  2359 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.

July is the hottest month for Lancaster with an average high temperature of 97.7°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in California. In Lancaster, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Lancaster are October, April and May.

In Lancaster, there are 106.9 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the hottest places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Lancaster with an average of 31.3°. This is colder than most places in California.

In Lancaster, there are 53.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in California.

In Lancaster, 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 is low in Lancaster, and some people might find the dryness to be uncomfortable. Days with noticeable humidity are rare throughout the year. A very dry climate can lead to cracked, itchy skin and dry eyes.

February is the wettest month in Lancaster with 1.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is May with 0.1 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 58% of yearly precipitation and 4% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 7.7 inches in Lancaster means that it is one of the driest places in California.

February is the rainiest month in Lancaster with 5.7 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 0.4 rainy days. There are 31.5 rainy days annually in Lancaster, which is one of the least rainy places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 49% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 5% chance of a rainy day.

An annual snowfall of 0.9 inches in Lancaster means that it is snowier than most places in California. December is the snowiest month in Lancaster with 0.5 inches of snow, and 1 month of the year have significant snowfall.

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    Reviews for Lancaster    48 Reviews
    No Words To Describe This Place - 9/6/2021
    Worse than even Compton in some ways... worse than hell overall. This place is so bad you will want to off yourself every day just by being here, but probably not too... Read More

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    Hell on earth. - 9/26/2020
    I was born here, then grew up here for 17 years and joined the Army as a teen, but constantly went back to visit my parents and friends. I lived there again for 4 years... Read More

    Growing very fast - 7/7/2018
    Moved to the Eastside of Lancaster. I have target, lowes, the whole wheatery, homedepot, bank of America, wells Fargo, Walmart, traders Joe's, Carl's jr, burger king,... Read More

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