Salinas, CA Climate


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Salinas, California enjoys mild temperatures year-round. The summer months usually see temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to the low 80s, while winter temperatures typically range between 40 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainfall is scarce in Salinas, with an average of only 10 inches per year. The city can see strong winds at times, with gusts reaching as high as 25 miles per hour or more. Despite this dry climate, humidity levels are relatively low, making it a pleasant place to live year-round.

Salinas, California gets 15 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 259 sunny days per year in Salinas. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Salinas gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 60 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 70 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 41
Rain: averages 15 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


Bestplaces Comfort Index

The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Salinas is 8.6 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.

9.5 Summer - 7.7 Winter
August, September and July are the most pleasant months in Salinas, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

  ClimateSalinas, CaliforniaUnited States
  15.3 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  59.8 days106.2 days
  259 days205 days
  69.7°85.8°
  40.8°21.7°
  8.67
  5.44.3
  52 ft.2443 ft.
Climate
YOU SHOULD KNOW

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.

September is the hottest month for Salinas with an average high temperature of 72.2°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in California. In Salinas, there are 3 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Salinas are September, August and October.
In Salinas, there are 3.0 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is one of the coolest places in California.
December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Salinas with an average of 40.7°. This is warmer than most places in California.
In Salinas, there are 6.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.
In Salinas, 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 Salinas 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.
January is the wettest month in Salinas with 3.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 56% of yearly precipitation and 1% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 15.3 inches in Salinas means that it is drier than most places in California.
February is the rainiest month in Salinas with 10.0 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.5 rainy days. There are 59.8 rainy days annually in Salinas, which is about average compared to other places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 48% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 5% chance of a rainy day.
There is rarely any recorded snowfall in Salinas, ranking it as one of the least snowy places in California. Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in Salinas.
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Over 10 years ago

Sacred Heart School is a fine Catholic school in the heart of Salinas, Ca. Victoria Torcolini was principal of this PK-8 school from 2006-2009. Under her leadership, SHS  More

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Over 12 years ago

I Was born and raise in salinas. In 2006 my family moved to the central valley. I moved back to salinas in 2011. I moved back Because I got a better job in Carmel. I  More

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Salinas, California has some of the best weather in Central California. I love looking out at the mountain ranges that line the Salinas River Valley. It's a shame that  More

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