Novato, California 

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Climate in Novato, California

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

Novato 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 Novato. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Novato gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 72 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 41
Rain: averages 38 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Novato is 8.5 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.

9.6 / 7.1

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

Climate Averages
  Novato, CaliforniaUnited States
  38.2 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  72.0 days106.2 days
  262 days205 days
  20 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 Novato with an average high temperature of 80.5°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in California. In Novato, there are 6 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Novato are June, September and July.

In Novato, there are 16.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Novato with an average of 41.0°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Novato, there are 5.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

In Novato, 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 Novato 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 Novato with 7.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 59% of yearly precipitation and 1% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 38.2 inches in Novato means that it is wetter than most places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Novato with 12.3 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.4 rainy days. There are 72.0 rainy days annually in Novato, which is rainier 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 3% chance of a rainy day.

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

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