Whittier, California 

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Climate in Whittier, California

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

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

On average, there are 278 sunny days per year in Whittier. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Whittier gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 29 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 86 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 46
Rain: averages 15 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Whittier is 9.3 (10=best), which means it is one of the most pleasant places in California.

9.3 / 10
June, May and October are the most pleasant months in Whittier, while January and December are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Whittier, CaliforniaUnited States
  14.8 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  29.2 days106.2 days
  278 days205 days
  367 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 Whittier with an average high temperature of 87.7°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in California. In Whittier, there are 6 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Whittier are May, October and June.

December has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Whittier with an average of 45.8°. This is one of the warmest places in California.

In Whittier, there are 39.4 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in California.

In Whittier, there are 0.3 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is one of the warmest places in California.

In Whittier, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in California.

February is the wettest month in Whittier with 3.6 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 14.8 inches in Whittier means that it is drier than most places in California.

January is the rainiest month in Whittier with 5.6 days of rain, and August is the driest month with only 0.2 rainy days. There are 29.2 rainy days annually in Whittier, which is one of the least rainy places in California. The rainiest season is Spring when it rains 53% of the time and the driest is Autumn with only a 3% chance of a rainy day.

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

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    Reviews for Whittier    6 Reviews
    Happy Resident - 12/20/2017
    I have lived in Whittier for over 15 years.Whittier is a great place to live. The City Council has spent millions on street improvements especially on the entrances to... Read More

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    East Whittier City School District - 12/1/2013
    The EWCSD has some really good schools. Management needs some work, but great, caring... Read More

    St Gregory the Great School - 8/11/2012
    I have been a parent at St Gregory for almost 5 years now, I am extremely pleased, the teachers have gone above and beyond to educate our children to the fullest to... Read More

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