Sacramento, CA 

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Climate in Sacramento, CA

Sacramento, CA has a generally mild climate year round. Summers are hot and dry, with average temperatures in the 90s. Winters are cool and wet, with average temperatures ranging from the low 40s to mid 50s. The area receives an average of 18 inches of rain per year, most of which falls between November and April. Snow is rare in Sacramento, but does occasionally occur during the winter months. Despite its relative lack of extreme weather events, Sacramento can be prone to heat waves and occasionally drought conditions throughout the summer months.

Sacramento, California gets 20 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Sacramento 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 Sacramento. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Sacramento gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 63 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 93 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 39
Rain: averages 20 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Sacramento is 8.2 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in California.

8.4 / 7.2

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

Climate Averages
  Sacramento, CaliforniaUnited States
  19.9 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  62.7 days106.2 days
  269 days205 days
  26 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 Sacramento with an average high temperature of 92.6°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in California. In Sacramento, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Sacramento are October, May and April.

In Sacramento, there are 71.2 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Sacramento with an average of 38.6°. This is about average compared to other places in California.

In Sacramento, there are 12.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is about average compared to other places in California.

In Sacramento, 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 Sacramento 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 June.

February is the wettest month in Sacramento with 3.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 55% of yearly precipitation and 1% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 19.9 inches in Sacramento means that it is about average compared to other places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Sacramento with 11.2 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.1 rainy days. There are 62.7 rainy days annually in Sacramento, which is rainier than most places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 50% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 3% chance of a rainy day.

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

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