Vista, CA 

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Climate in Vista, CA

Vista, CA has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. During the summer months, temperatures often exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit, while during winter it rarely drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. On average, there is little to no rainfall throughout the year, making Vista one of California's driest cities. However, due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and mountains, Vista experiences occasional refreshing breezes and cool weather during the summer months.

Vista, California gets 13 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 258 sunny days per year in Vista. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Vista gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 42 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 81 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 45
Rain: averages 13 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Vista is 9.1 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in California.

9.5 / 8.5

Summer   /   Winter
June, October and September are the most pleasant months in Vista, while January and February are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Vista, CaliforniaUnited States
  13.0 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  41.6 days106.2 days
  258 days205 days
  325 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 Vista with an average high temperature of 82.2°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in California. In Vista, there are 8 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Vista are October, June and July.

In Vista, there are 23.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is cooler than most places in California.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Vista with an average of 43.8°. This is warmer than most places in California.

In Vista, there are 3.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in California.

In Vista, 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 Vista is generally low and comfortable. But there some days when the humidity becomes unpleasant, especially in August and July. The most humid months (but still comfortable) are August, July and September.

February is the wettest month in Vista with 2.8 inches of rain, and the driest month is June with 0.1 inches. The wettest season is Spring with 57% of yearly precipitation and 2% occurs in Autumn, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 13.0 inches in Vista means that it is drier than most places in California.

February is the rainiest month in Vista with 7.3 days of rain, and July is the driest month with only 0.5 rainy days. There are 41.6 rainy days annually in Vista, which is less rainy than most places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 48% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 4% chance of a rainy day.

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

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    Reviews for Vista    21 Reviews
    Nice Place To Live - 3/11/2021
    I bought a house in Vista, CA, and lived there since 2013-2017. My kids and I loved that area (Shadow Ridge). People are friendly, down-to-earth, not snobby. I would... Read More

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    Checks all the boxes for the ideal place to live. - 6/21/2020
    I've lived here 3 years and it has an unbeatable climate. Close to everything you could want. A renovated downtown and access to mass transit. Very nice place, friendly... Read More

    THE hidden gem of North County San Diego - 12/23/2019
    Truly a hidden gem - I was nervous after first moving since it seemed far from San Diego, but my concerns have been fully alleviated in just a couple months of time in... Read More

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