Needles, California 

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Climate in Needles, California

Needles, CA has a hot and dry desert climate with long, hot summers and short, mild winters. It is one of the hottest places in the United States, with temperatures averaging over 90°F in summer months and rarely dipping below 60°F even in winter. The area receives very little rainfall throughout the year, with most of it coming during the monsoon season from July through September. The average annual precipitation for Needles is just four inches. Summers are characterized by low humidity levels and cool nights that provide some relief from the heat.

Needles, California gets 6 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Needles averages 0 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 Needles. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Needles gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 22 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 110 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 44
Rain: averages 6 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Needles is 7.1 (10=best), which means it is one of the least comfortable places in California.

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Summer   /   Winter
November, March and April are the most pleasant months in Needles, while July and August are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Needles, CaliforniaUnited States
  5.6 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  22.3 days106.2 days
  281 days205 days
  495 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 Needles with an average high temperature of 110.3°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in California. In Needles, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Needles are March, November and February.

In Needles, there are 171.9 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 Needles with an average of 42.8°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Needles, there are 2.4 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

In Needles, 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 Needles, 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 Needles with 1.0 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 45% of yearly precipitation and 16% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 5.6 inches in Needles means that it is one of the driest places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Needles with 3.6 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 0.3 rainy days. There are 22.3 rainy days annually in Needles, which is one of the least rainy places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 41% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 17% chance of a rainy day.

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

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