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Summer Weather in Los Angeles California, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 9°F, from 75°F to 84°F, rarely falling below 70°F or exceeding 93°F. The highest daily average high temperature is 85°F on August 25.

Daily low temperatures increase by 5°F, from 60°F to 65°F, rarely falling below 56°F or exceeding 71°F. The highest daily average low temperature is 66°F on August 24.

For reference, on August 24, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Los Angeles typically range from 66°F to 85°F, while on December 24, the coldest day of the year, they range from 48°F to 67°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Summer in Los Angeles

Average High and Low Temperature in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug50°F50°F55°F55°F60°F60°F65°F65°F70°F70°F75°F75°F80°F80°F85°F85°F90°F90°F95°F95°FSpringFallAug 2485°FAug 2485°F66°F66°FJun 175°FJun 175°F60°F60°FJul 181°FJul 181°F64°F64°FAug 183°FAug 183°F66°F66°FNowNow
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average summer temperatures. 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 the Summer in Los Angeles

Average Hourly Temperature in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMSpringFallNowNowcoolcoolcoolcomfortablewarm
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Safi, Morocco (5,943 miles away); Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa (10,386 miles); and Perth, Western Australia, Australia (9,346 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Los Angeles (view comparison).

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The summer in Los Angeles experiences gradually decreasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy decreasing from 17% to 10%.

The clearest day of the summer is August 22, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 90% of the time.

For reference, on February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 43%, while on September 6, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 91%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Summer in Los Angeles

Cloud Cover Categories in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%SpringFallJun 183%Jun 183%Aug 3190%Aug 3190%Jul 189%Jul 189%Aug 189%Aug 189%NowNowclearmostly clearovercastpartly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Los Angeles, the chance of a wet day over the course of the summer is essentially constant, remaining around 1% 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 16.

Probability of Precipitation in the Summer in Los Angeles

Probability of Precipitation in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0.0%0.0%0.5%0.5%1.0%1.0%1.5%1.5%2.0%2.0%2.5%2.5%3.0%3.0%3.5%3.5%4.0%4.0%4.5%4.5%5.0%5.0%SpringFallJul 10%Jul 10%Jun 11%Jun 11%Aug 311%Aug 311%Aug 11%Aug 11%NowNowrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the season and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during the summer in Los Angeles is essentially constant, remaining about 0.1 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.4 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.0 inches on July 5.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Summer in Los Angeles

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0.0 in0.0 in0.2 in0.2 in0.4 in0.4 in0.6 in0.6 in0.8 in0.8 in1.0 in1.0 in1.2 in1.2 in1.4 in1.4 inSpringFallJul 50.0 inJul 50.0 inJun 10.1 inJun 10.1 inAug 310.1 inAug 310.1 inAug 10.0 inAug 10.0 inNowNow
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average snowfall.

Over the course of the summer in Los Angeles, the length of the day is rapidly decreasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day decreases by 1 hour, 24 minutes, implying an average daily decrease of 56 seconds, and weekly decrease of 6 minutes, 29 seconds.

The shortest day of the summer is August 31, with 12 hours, 53 minutes of daylight and the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 26 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Summer in Los Angeles

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrSpringFallJun 2014 hr, 26 minJun 2014 hr, 26 minnightnightdaydayAug 3112 hr, 53 minAug 3112 hr, 53 minAug 113 hr, 48 minAug 113 hr, 48 min
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The earliest sunrise of the summer in Los Angeles is 5:41 AM on June 12 and the latest sunrise is 45 minutes later at 6:26 AM on August 31.

The latest sunset is 8:08 PM on June 28 and the earliest sunset is 49 minutes earlier at 7:19 PM on August 31.

Daylight saving time is observed in Los Angeles during 2024, but it neither starts nor ends during the summer, so the entire season is in standard time.

For reference, on June 20, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:41 AM and sets 14 hours, 26 minutes later, at 8:07 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 6:54 AM and sets 9 hours, 53 minutes later, at 4:47 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in the Summer in Los Angeles

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMSpringFall5:41 AM5:41 AMJun 128:05 PMJun 128:05 PM5:44 AM5:44 AMJun 288:08 PMJun 288:08 PM6:26 AM6:26 AMAug 317:19 PMAug 317:19 PM6:04 AM6:04 AMAug 17:53 PMAug 17:53 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunsetNowNow
The solar day in the summer. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Summer in Los Angeles

Solar Elevation and Azimuth in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug12 AM12 AM2 AM2 AM4 AM4 AM6 AM6 AM8 AM8 AM10 AM10 AM12 PM12 PM2 PM2 PM4 PM4 PM6 PM6 PM8 PM8 PM10 PM10 PM12 AM12 AMSpringFall0010202030304050506060700010102030304040506070NowNow
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Solar elevation and azimuth in the the summer of 2024. The black lines are lines of constant solar elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon, in degrees). The background color fills indicate the azimuth (the compass bearing) of the sun. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries of the cardinal compass points indicate the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the summer of 2024. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Summer in Los Angeles

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMSpringFallMay 78:23 PMMay 78:23 PMMay 236:54 AMMay 236:54 AMJun 65:38 AMJun 65:38 AMJun 216:09 PMJun 216:09 PMJul 53:58 PMJul 53:58 PMJul 213:18 AMJul 213:18 AMAug 44:14 AMAug 44:14 AMAug 1911:26 AMAug 1911:26 AMSep 26:56 PMSep 26:56 PMSep 177:35 PMSep 177:35 PM5:27 AM5:27 AM7:40 PM7:40 PM7:28 PM7:28 PM5:32 AM5:32 AM5:28 AM5:28 AM8:50 PM8:50 PM8:26 PM8:26 PM5:58 AM5:58 AM8:32 PM8:32 PM8:03 PM8:03 PM5:58 AM5:58 AM8:25 PM8:25 PM7:20 PM7:20 PM6:01 AM6:01 AM7:22 PM7:22 PM6:54 PM6:54 PM7:15 AM7:15 AM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Los Angeles is increasing during the summer, rising from 0% to 6% over the course of the season.

The highest chance of a muggy day during the summer is 7% on August 3.

For reference, on August 3, the muggiest day of the year, there are muggy conditions 7% of the time, while on November 9, the least muggy day of the year, there are muggy conditions 0% of the time.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Summer in Los Angeles

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%SpringFallAug 37%Aug 37%Jun 10%Jun 10%Aug 316%Aug 316%Jul 12%Jul 12%NowNowhumidhumidcomfortablecomfortabledrydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Los Angeles is gradually decreasing during the summer, decreasing from 6.1 miles per hour to 5.3 miles per hour over the course of the season.

For reference, on December 30, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 8.7 miles per hour, while on August 12, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 5.2 miles per hour.

The lowest daily average wind speed during the summer is 5.2 miles per hour on August 13.

Average Wind Speed in the Summer in Los Angeles

Average Wind Speed in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0 mph0 mph2 mph2 mph4 mph4 mph6 mph6 mph8 mph8 mph10 mph10 mph12 mph12 mphSpringFallAug 135.2 mphAug 135.2 mphJun 16.1 mphJun 16.1 mphAug 315.3 mphAug 315.3 mphJul 15.6 mphJul 15.6 mphNowNow
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The wind direction in Los Angeles during the summer is predominantly out of the west from June 1 to July 14 and from August 6 to August 31 and the south from July 14 to August 6.

Wind Direction in the Summer in Los Angeles

Wind Direction in the Summer in Los AngelesWSWJunJulAug0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%SpringFallNowNowwestsoutheastnorth
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The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles is increasing during the summer, rising by 5°F, from 63°F to 68°F, over the course of the season.

The highest average surface water temperature during the summer is 68°F on August 22.

Average Water Temperature in the Summer in Los Angeles

Average Water Temperature in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug56°F56°F58°F58°F60°F60°F62°F62°F64°F64°F66°F66°F68°F68°F70°F70°F72°F72°FSpringFallAug 2268°FAug 2268°FJun 163°FJun 163°FJul 166°FJul 166°FAug 168°FAug 168°FNowNow
The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

Temperatures in Los Angeles 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 the Summer in Los Angeles

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%SpringFall100%Jul 17100%Jul 17NowNowcoolcomfortablewarmhotcold
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Los Angeles are very rapidly increasing during the summer, increasing by 1,918°F, from 1,610°F to 3,528°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Summer in Los Angeles

Growing Degree Days in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°F3,500°F3,500°FSpringFallJun 11,610°FJun 11,610°FAug 313,528°FAug 313,528°FJul 12,160°FJul 12,160°FAug 12,842°FAug 12,842°FNowNow
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the summer, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Los Angeles is decreasing during the summer, falling by 1.3 kWh, from 8.3 kWh to 7.0 kWh, over the course of the season.

The highest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during the summer is 8.5 kWh on June 20.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Summer in Los Angeles

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Summer in Los AngelesJunJulAug0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWh8 kWh8 kWh9 kWh9 kWhSpringFallJun 208.5 kWhJun 208.5 kWhJun 18.3 kWhJun 18.3 kWhAug 317.0 kWhAug 317.0 kWhAug 17.9 kWhAug 17.9 kWhNowNow
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Los Angeles are 34.052 deg latitude, -118.244 deg longitude, and 289 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Los Angeles contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 400 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 310 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,602 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (10,062 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Los Angeles is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (94%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (37%) and water (28%).

This report illustrates the typical weather in Los Angeles, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Los Angeles.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Los Angeles and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:

To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Los Angeles and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.

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