Average Weather in September in Costa Mesa California, United States
Daily high temperatures decrease by 2°F, from 79°F to 77°F, rarely falling below 70°F or exceeding 87°F.
Daily low temperatures decrease by 3°F, from 65°F to 63°F, rarely falling below 58°F or exceeding 70°F.
For reference, on August 26, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Costa Mesa typically range from 66°F to 79°F, while on December 28, the coldest day of the year, they range from 48°F to 66°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in September
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average temperatures for the quarter of the year centered on September. 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 September
The month of September in Costa Mesa experiences essentially constant cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy remaining about 10% throughout the month. The lowest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 9% on September 7.
The clearest day of the month is September 7, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 91% of the time.
For reference, on February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 42%, while on September 7, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.
Cloud Cover Categories in September
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Costa Mesa, the chance of a wet day over the course of September is gradually increasing, starting the month at 0% and ending it at 3%.
For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 20% on February 20, and its lowest chance is 0% on June 27.
Probability of Precipitation in September
The average sliding 31-day rainfall during September in Costa Mesa is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in September
Over the course of September in Costa Mesa, the length of the day is decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 0 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 2 minutes, 3 seconds, and weekly decrease of 14 minutes, 23 seconds.
The shortest day of the month is September 30, with 11 hours, 52 minutes of daylight and the longest day is September 1, with 12 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in September
The earliest sunrise of the month in Costa Mesa is 6:25 AM on September 1 and the latest sunrise is 20 minutes later at 6:45 AM on September 30.
The latest sunset is 7:16 PM on September 1 and the earliest sunset is 40 minutes earlier at 6:37 PM on September 30.
Daylight saving time is observed in Costa Mesa during 2018, but it neither starts nor ends during September, so the entire month is in daylight saving time.
For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:41 AM and sets 14 hours, 23 minutes later, at 8:05 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:52 AM and sets 9 hours, 55 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in September
The chance that a given day will be muggy in Costa Mesa is rapidly decreasing during September, falling from 19% to 9% over the course of the month.
For reference, on August 21, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 21% of the time, while on January 1, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels in September
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Costa Mesa is essentially constant during September, remaining within 0.1 miles per hour of 5.4 miles per hour throughout.
For reference, on December 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.7 miles per hour, while on August 23, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in September
Wind Direction in September
Costa Mesa is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average surface water temperature in Costa Mesa is essentially constant during September, remaining within 1°F of 68°F throughout.
Average Water Temperature in September
Temperatures in Costa Mesa are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in September
The average accumulated growing degree days in Costa Mesa are rapidly increasing during September, increasing by 578°F, from 3,238°F to 3,816°F, over the course of the month.
Growing Degree Days in September
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Costa Mesa is decreasing during September, falling by 1.2 kWh, from 7.0 kWh to 5.8 kWh, over the course of the month.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in September
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Costa Mesa are 33.641 deg latitude, -117.919 deg longitude, and 46 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Costa Mesa contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 112 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 69 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,155 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (10,062 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Costa Mesa is covered by artificial surfaces (92%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (50%) and water (40%), and within 50 miles by water (45%) and shrubs (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Costa Mesa 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 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Costa Mesa.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Costa Mesa 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 Costa Mesa is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Costa Mesa and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: John Wayne Airport-Orange County (83%, 7 kilometers, northeast); McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Heliport (15%, 21 kilometers, northwest); and Catalina Airport (2.3%, 53 kilometers, southwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .