Palm Desert, California 

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Climate in Palm Desert, California

Palm Desert, California gets 5 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 269 sunny days per year in Palm Desert. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Palm Desert gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 14 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 108 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 45
Rain: averages 5 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Palm Desert is 7.4 (10=best), which means it is less comfortable than most places in California.

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

Climate Averages
  Palm Desert, CaliforniaUnited States
  4.7 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  13.5 days106.2 days
  269 days205 days
  220 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 Palm Desert with an average high temperature of 107.6°, which ranks it as one of the hottest places in California. In Palm Desert, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Palm Desert are November, March and February.

In Palm Desert, there are 175.7 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 Palm Desert with an average of 44.2°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Palm Desert, there are 1.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

In Palm Desert, 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 Palm Desert 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.

February is the wettest month in Palm Desert with 0.9 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 54% of yearly precipitation and 11% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 4.7 inches in Palm Desert means that it is one of the driest places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Palm Desert with 2.8 days of rain, and June is the driest month with only 0.1 rainy days. There are 13.5 rainy days annually in Palm Desert, which is one of the least rainy places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 53% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 10% chance of a rainy day.

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

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    Reviews for Palm Desert    14 Reviews
    Worst Place Ever - 11/2/2021
    Palm Desert, CA is full of rude people. One woman in a long sleeved pink shirt is being extremely rude and mocking people for no reason at a neighborhood Walmart in Palm... Read More

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    A fading Gem because of Dem - 8/8/2021
    Palm Desert is clean, upscale and beautiful. The views of the Santa Rosa Mountains bright blue sky and green expanses of golf course fairways, swimming pools and... Read More

    Very unhealthy place to live!! - 7/24/2016
    I made the mistake of moving here after a short vacation to be closer to family. Biggest mistake of my life! This is not the place to live if health is important to you.... Read More

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