Average Weather in January in Bakersfield California, United States
Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 58°F to 62°F, rarely falling below 50°F or exceeding 71°F.
Daily low temperatures increase by 3°F, from 41°F to 43°F, rarely falling below 33°F or exceeding 51°F.
For reference, on July 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Bakersfield typically range from 72°F to 99°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 41°F to 58°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in January
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on January. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature in January
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The month of January in Bakersfield experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 45% throughout the month.
The clearest day of the month is January 26, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 56% of the time.
For reference, on February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 48%, while on August 9, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.
Cloud Cover Categories in January
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Bakersfield, the chance of a wet day over the course of January is essentially constant, remaining around 17% throughout.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 21% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on July 30.
Probability of Precipitation in January
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during January in Bakersfield is essentially constant, remaining about 1.6 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 4.2 inches or falling below 0.1 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in January
Over the course of January in Bakersfield, the length of the day is increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 38 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 15 seconds, and weekly increase of 8 minutes, 47 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is January 1, with 9 hours, 49 minutes of daylight and the longest day is January 31, with 10 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in January
The latest sunrise of the month in Bakersfield is 7:05 AM on January 6 and the earliest sunrise is 9 minutes earlier at 6:56 AM on January 31.
The earliest sunset is 4:54 PM on January 1 and the latest sunset is 29 minutes later at 5:23 PM on January 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in Bakersfield during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during January, so the entire month is in standard time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:41 AM and sets 14 hours, 33 minutes later, at 8:14 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:01 AM and sets 9 hours, 46 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in January
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Bakersfield is essentially constant during January, remaining around 0% throughout.
For reference, on August 25, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 1% of the time, while on November 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in January
The average hourly wind speed in Bakersfield is essentially constant during January, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on May 31, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 6.8 miles per hour, while on September 17, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 4.7 miles per hour.
The lowest daily average wind speed during January is 5.3 miles per hour on January 21.
Average Wind Speed in January
Wind Direction in January
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Bakersfield over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is December 27, with a 55% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in January
The average accumulated growing degree days in Bakersfield are gradually increasing during January, increasing by 90°F, from 0°F to 90°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in January
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Bakersfield is gradually increasing during January, rising by 0.6 kWh, from 2.8 kWh to 3.4 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in January
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Bakersfield are 35.373 deg latitude, -119.019 deg longitude, and 400 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Bakersfield contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 108 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 405 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (981 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (8,806 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Bakersfield is covered by artificial surfaces (87%) and shrubs (13%), within 10 miles by cropland (38%) and shrubs (22%), and within 50 miles by grassland (35%) and shrubs (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Bakersfield year round, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 5 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Bakersfield.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Bakersfield according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Bakersfield is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Bakersfield and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Meadows Field (94%, 7 kilometers, northwest); Tehachapi Municipal Airport (1.5%, 59 kilometers, southeast); Sandberg (1.2%, 75 kilometers, south); Santa Ynez Airport (1.4%, 129 kilometers, southwest); and Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (1.4%, 130 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .