Average Weather in Bakersfield California, United States
In Bakersfield, the summers are sweltering, arid, and clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 41°F to 99°F and is rarely below 33°F or above 105°F.
Based on the beach/pool score, the best time of year to visit Bakersfield for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September.
The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 8 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 91°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 99°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.1 months, from November 19 to February 23, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is December 30, with an average low of 41°F and high of 58°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
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In Bakersfield, 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 Bakersfield begins around May 6 and lasts for 5.9 months, ending around November 2. On August 9, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 91% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 9% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 2 and lasts for 6.1 months, ending around May 6. On February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 48% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 52% 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 Bakersfield varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from November 14 to April 10, with a greater than 11% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 21% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from April 10 to November 14. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 27.
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 21% 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. Bakersfield experiences some seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from October 25 to April 22, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 19, with an average total accumulation of 1.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from April 22 to October 25. The least rain falls around July 6, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Bakersfield varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 46 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 33 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:40 AM on June 13, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 39 minutes later at 7:19 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:43 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 32 minutes later at 8:15 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield, 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, staying within 1% of 1% throughout.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Bakersfield experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 4.0 months, from March 12 to July 12, with average wind speeds of more than 5.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is May 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 8.0 months, from July 12 to March 12. The calmest day of the year is September 17, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Bakersfield varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 8.4 months, from February 18 to October 29, with a peak percentage of 74% on July 18. The wind is most often from the east for 3.6 months, from October 29 to February 18, with a peak percentage of 45% on January 1.
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Bakersfield 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 Bakersfield for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of September.
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 Bakersfield for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, 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.
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
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Bakersfield should appear around January 31, only rarely appearing before January 20 or after February 12.
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 3 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 22, with an average of 8.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.3 months, from November 5 to February 15, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 3.9 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 25, with an average of 2.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
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, 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 .