Santa Barbara, California 

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Climate in Santa Barbara, California

Santa Barbara, CA has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild winters. Many sunny days throughout the year make Santa Barbara an ideal destination for tourists with temperatures ranging from highs of 81°F (27°C) in July to lows of 47°F (8°C) in January. Average rainfall amounts are low, around 22 inches per year, and are mainly seen during winter months. The warm weather allows visitors to explore the beaches and outdoor attractions year round.

Santa Barbara, California gets 19 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 283 sunny days per year in Santa Barbara. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Santa Barbara gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 38 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 73 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 43
Rain: averages 19 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Santa Barbara is 8.9 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.

9.7 / 8.2

Summer   /   Winter
August, July and September are the most pleasant months in Santa Barbara, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Santa Barbara, CaliforniaUnited States
  18.5 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  37.8 days106.2 days
  283 days205 days
  49 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 Santa Barbara with an average high temperature of 73.7°, which ranks it as one of the coolest places in California. In Santa Barbara, there are 5 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Santa Barbara are August, September and July.

In Santa Barbara, there are 1.4 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 Santa Barbara with an average of 43.0°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Santa Barbara, there are 1.6 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

In Santa Barbara, 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 Santa Barbara 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 Santa Barbara with 4.3 inches of rain, and the driest month is July with 0.0 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 61% of yearly precipitation and 1% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 18.5 inches in Santa Barbara means that it is about average compared to other places in California.

February is the rainiest month in Santa Barbara with 7.0 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.4 rainy days. There are 37.8 rainy days annually in Santa Barbara, which is less rainy 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 4% chance of a rainy day.

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

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