Merced, California 

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Climate in Merced, California

Merced, California gets 13 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 262 sunny days per year in Merced. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Merced gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 55 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 95 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 37
Rain: averages 13 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Merced is 8.1 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in California.

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Summer   /   Winter
May, October and April are the most pleasant months in Merced, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Merced, CaliforniaUnited States
  12.5 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  54.8 days106.2 days
  262 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.

July is the hottest month for Merced with an average high temperature of 95.1°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in California. In Merced, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Merced are October, April and May.

In Merced, there are 88.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Merced with an average of 36.1°. This is colder than most places in California.

In Merced, there are 23.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in California.

In Merced, 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 Merced 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 July, August and September.

January is the wettest month in Merced with 2.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 54% of yearly precipitation and 1% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 12.5 inches in Merced means that it is drier than most places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Merced with 9.9 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.1 rainy days. There are 54.8 rainy days annually in Merced, which is about average compared to other places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 52% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 2% chance of a rainy day.

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

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    Reviews for Merced    44 Reviews
    Merced: The Hippest Place in the Valley - 12/22/2020
    Merced is totally slept on - you want a little bit of everything CA has to offer, at a fraction of the price of other CA cities? Merced is the place to go. The town... Read More

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    Good place to live - 2/25/2020
    Good place to live. More affordable than most of california. The city is growing and there is alot of business and growth here. Moved from the Bay area years ago and... Read More

    Great place to live. Do not listen to angry people - 2/22/2020
    Great place to live. Lots of progress and changes coming to the city. Great place to raise a family. UC Merced is expanding and businesses are investing. Downtown is... Read More

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