The most pleasant months of the year for the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara metro area are August, September and July. In the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara metro area, there are 6 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. August is the hottest month for the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara metro area with an average high temperature of 77.1°, which ranks it as cooler than most places in California. Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara metro area. There are few days during the summer when the humidity becomes unpleasant.
Summer High: the July high is around 77 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 41
Rain: averages 18 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year
BESTPLACES COMFORT INDEX
The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara Metro Area area is 8.8 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in California.
8.8 / 10
A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 7. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.
Average Monthly High and Low (°F)
Hot, Freezing, Rainy, Snowy Days: Santa Maria-Santa Barbara
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.