Average Weather in King City California, United States
In King City, the summers are warm, arid, and clear and the winters are cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 86°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit King City for warm-weather activities is from late June to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from June 15 to October 1, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is July 28, with an average high of 86°F and low of 58°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 23 to March 8, with an average daily high temperature below 64°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 41°F and high of 59°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
Santiago, Chile (5,818 miles away); Alcanena, Portugal (5,679 miles); and Bedfordale, Australia (9,215 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to King City (view comparison).
In King City, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in King City begins around May 10 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around October 31. On August 7, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 92% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 8% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around October 31 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around May 10. On February 17, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 52% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 48% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in King City varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from November 10 to April 7, with a greater than 14% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 29% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from April 7 to November 10. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on August 4.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 29% on February 20.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. King City experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.9 months, from October 9 to May 4, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 15, with an average total accumulation of 3.5 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.1 months, from May 4 to October 9. The least rain falls around July 31, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in King City varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 42 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 38 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:46 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 43 minutes later at 7:29 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:49 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 36 minutes later at 8:25 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in King City during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
The perceived humidity level in King City, as measured by the percentage of time in which the humidity comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable, does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining a virtually constant 0% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in King City experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from March 27 to July 12, with average wind speeds of more than 7.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is May 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.5 months, from July 12 to March 27. The calmest day of the year is November 2, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in King City varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 4.9 months, from April 27 to September 23, with a peak percentage of 64% on July 30. The wind is most often from the north for 7.1 months, from September 23 to April 27, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.
King City 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 water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.1 months, from July 31 to November 1, with an average temperature above 59°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 24, with an average temperature of 60°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.0 months, from March 11 to June 9, with an average temperature below 55°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is April 17, with an average temperature of 54°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in King City throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit King City for general outdoor tourist activities is from late June to late September, with a peak score in the last week of July.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit King City for hot-weather activities is from late June to late August, with a peak score in the last week of July.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
The growing season in King City typically lasts for 11 months (349 days), from around January 8 to around December 23, rarely starting after February 24, or ending before November 22.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in King City should appear around January 31, only rarely appearing before January 22 or after February 16.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 4 to August 24, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 8.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from November 5 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.7 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 23, with an average of 2.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of King City are 36.213 deg latitude, -121.126 deg longitude, and 351 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of King City contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 187 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 333 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,805 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,863 feet).
The area within 2 miles of King City is covered by cropland (65%), artificial surfaces (20%), and shrubs (15%), within 10 miles by grassland (56%) and cropland (25%), and within 50 miles by grassland (40%) and shrubs (26%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in King City, 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 King City.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and King City 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 King City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between King City and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Point Piedras Blanca (29%, 63 kilometers, south); Salinas Municipal Airport (26%, 66 kilometers, northwest); Paso Robles Municipal Airport (22%, 75 kilometers, southeast); Lemoore Naval Air Station (Reeves Field) (13%, 106 kilometers, east); and Madera Municipal Airport (10%, 125 kilometers, northeast).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .