This report describes the typical weather at the Los Angeles International Airport (Los Angeles, California, United States) weather station over the course of an average February. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Los Angeles, California has a mediterranean climate with dry warm summers and mild winters. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (43%), built-up areas (40%), shrublands (11%), and forests (5%).
The month of February is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 65°F throughout the month, exceeding 75°F or dropping below 58°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of February, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 54 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.9 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is February 1 with 10:33 hours of daylight; the longest day is February 29 with 11:27 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:23am on February 29; the latest sunset is at 5:50pm on February 29; the latest sunrise is at 6:51am on February 1; the earliest sunset is at 5:24pm on February 1.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in February, so the entire month is in standard time.
The median cloud cover is 56% (partly cloudy) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On February 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 41% of the time, partly cloudy 18% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 41% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 28%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout February, the most common forms of precipitation are moderate rain, light rain, and heavy rain.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 46% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 2, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 26, when it is observed during 9% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 12% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 1, when it is observed during 4% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in February or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 45% (comfortable) to 88% (very humid) over the course of a typical February, rarely dropping below 17% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around February 1, at which time the relative humidity drops below 63% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around February 28, rising above 83% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical February, the dew point typically varies from 37°F (dry) to 52°F (very comfortable) and is rarely below 21°F (dry) or above 57°F (comfortable).
The time of the month between February 1 and February 29 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of February typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 15 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around February 26, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 15 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around February 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).