San Clemente, California 

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Climate in San Clemente, California

San Clemente, California gets 14 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

San Clemente 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 San Clemente. The US average is 205 sunny days.

San Clemente gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 37 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 84 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 42
Rain: averages 14 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for San Clemente is 9.0 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.

9.4 / 8.5

Summer   /   Winter
June, May and October are the most pleasant months in San Clemente, while December and January are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  San Clemente, CaliforniaUnited States
  14.0 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  36.5 days106.2 days
  281 days205 days
  233 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 San Clemente with an average high temperature of 85.6°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in California. In San Clemente, there are 7 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for San Clemente are June, October and May.

In San Clemente, there are 32.7 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for San Clemente with an average of 41.4°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In San Clemente, there are 7.7 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

In San Clemente, 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 San Clemente 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 September.

February is the wettest month in San Clemente with 3.4 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.1 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 61% of yearly precipitation and 2% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 14.0 inches in San Clemente means that it is drier than most places in California.

February is the rainiest month in San Clemente with 6.3 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.5 rainy days. There are 36.5 rainy days annually in San Clemente, which is less rainy than most places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 47% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 5% chance of a rainy day.

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

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    Reviews for San Clemente    9 Reviews
    San Clemente Review - 4/8/2011
    First, the big plus of San Clemente is the weather. It is wonderful and most of the time you can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Second, the area has a natural... Read More

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    murder rate up - 10/21/2008
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    Still a low crime area - 6/16/2008
    I first moved to San Clemente in 1974 from the Los Angeles area. Three things struck me at the time as being radically different than LA: Things closed down earlier,... Read More

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