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Average Weather in Watsonville California, United States

In Watsonville, the summers are long, comfortable, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are short, cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 42°F to 75°F and is rarely below 34°F or above 86°F.

The warm season lasts for 4.3 months, from June 14 to October 23, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is September 20, with an average high of 75°F and low of 54°F.

The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from November 29 to February 25, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is January 2, with an average low of 42°F and high of 60°F.

Average High and Low Temperature

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 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

Average Hourly Temperature in Watsonville12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecchillycoldcoolcomfortable
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < chilly < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Clouds

In Watsonville, 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 Watsonville begins around May 23 and lasts for 5.2 months, ending around October 28. 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 28 and lasts for 6.8 months, ending around May 23. On February 4, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 53% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 47% of the time.

Cloud Cover

Cloud Cover in Watsonvilleclearercloudiercloudier0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 453%Feb 453%Aug 78%Aug 78%May 2331%May 2331%Oct 2831%Oct 2831%overcastmostly cloudypartly cloudymostly clearclear
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds: clear < 20% < mostly clear < 40% < partly cloudy < 60% < mostly cloudy < 80% < overcast.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Watsonville varies significantly throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 5.2 months, from November 5 to April 10, with a greater than 15% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 30% on February 20.

The drier season lasts 6.8 months, from April 10 to November 5. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 19.

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 30% on February 20.

Daily Chance of Precipitation

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Watsonvillewetwetdry0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecFeb 2030%Feb 2030%Jul 190%Jul 190%Jan 125%Jan 125%Nov 516%Nov 516%Apr 1015%Apr 1015%rain
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 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. Watsonville experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 7.3 months, from October 4 to May 12, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 16, with an average total accumulation of 4.0 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 4.7 months, from May 12 to October 4. The least rain falls around August 2, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Rainfall

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 liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Sun

The length of the day in Watsonville varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 38 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 42 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

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 is at 5:47 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 47 minutes later at 7:34 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:50 PM on December 6, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 40 minutes later at 8:30 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Watsonville during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Watsonville12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 135:47 AMJun 135:47 AM8:30 PMJun 288:30 PMJun 28Dec 64:50 PMDec 64:50 PM7:34 AMNov 47:34 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnight
The solar day over the course of the year 2017. 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 transitions to and from daylight saving time are indicated by the 'DST' labels.

Humidity

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 perceived humidity level in Watsonville, 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

Humidity Comfort Levels in Watsonville0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJan 190%Jan 190%Oct 40%Oct 40%comfortablecomfortabledrydryhumidhumid
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point: dry < 55°F < comfortable < 60°F < humid < 65°F < muggy < 70°F < oppressive < 75°F < miserable.

Wind

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 Watsonville does not vary significantly over the course of the year, remaining within 0.4 miles per hour of 3.4 miles per hour throughout.

Average Wind Speed

Average Wind Speed in Watsonville0.0 mph0.5 mph1.0 mph1.5 mph2.0 mph2.5 mph3.0 mph3.5 mph4.0 mph4.5 mph5.0 mph5.5 mphJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecMay 303.9 mphMay 303.9 mphOct 43.0 mphOct 43.0 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The predominant average hourly wind direction in Watsonville varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 8.2 months, from February 24 to October 29, with a peak percentage of 91% on August 1. The wind is most often from the north for 3.9 months, from October 29 to February 24, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in WatsonvilleNWN0%20%40%60%80%100%JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecwestsoutheastnorth
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions (north, east, south, and west), excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Water Temperature

Watsonville 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 2.9 months, from July 30 to October 26, with an average temperature above 57°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is September 22, with an average temperature of 59°F.

The time of year with cooler water lasts for 2.8 months, from March 17 to June 11, with an average temperature below 54°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is May 9, with an average temperature of 53°F.

Average Water Temperature

The daily average water temperature (purple line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

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 experiences extreme seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The brighter period of the year lasts for 3.6 months, from May 6 to August 26, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 27, with an average of 8.5 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.5 months, from November 4 to February 18, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.6 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 2.3 kWh.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Watsonvillebrightdarkdark0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecJun 278.5 kWhJun 278.5 kWhDec 212.3 kWhDec 212.3 kWhMay 67.2 kWhMay 67.2 kWhAug 267.2 kWhAug 267.2 kWhNov 43.6 kWhNov 43.6 kWhFeb 183.6 kWhFeb 183.6 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Watsonville are 36.910 deg latitude, -121.757 deg longitude, and 49 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Watsonville contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 115 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 42 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (2,507 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (5,046 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Watsonville is covered by artificial surfaces (67%) and cropland (28%), within 10 miles by water (20%) and cropland (20%), and within 50 miles by water (29%) and grassland (26%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Watsonville, 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 Watsonville.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Watsonville Municipal Airport (84%, 4.0 kilometers, northwest); Hollister Municipal Airport (6%, 30 kilometers, east); Salinas Municipal Airport (6%, 30 kilometers, southeast); and Monterey Regional Airport (4.3%, 37 kilometers, south).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.