Average Weather in Manhattan Beach California, United States
In Manhattan Beach, the summers are comfortable, arid, and clear and the winters are long, cool, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 74°F and is rarely below 45°F or above 82°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Manhattan Beach for warm-weather activities is from mid June to mid October.
The warm season lasts for 3.3 months, from July 7 to October 17, with an average daily high temperature above 72°F. The hottest day of the year is August 26, with an average high of 74°F and low of 65°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.3 months, from December 5 to April 15, with an average daily high temperature below 66°F. The coldest day of the year is December 28, with an average low of 50°F and high of 64°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
In Manhattan Beach, 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 Manhattan Beach begins around April 24 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around November 3. On September 7, 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 3 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around April 24. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 42% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 58% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
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. The chance of wet days in Manhattan Beach varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from November 22 to March 30, with a greater than 10% 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 7.7 months, from March 30 to November 22. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on July 2.
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. Manhattan Beach experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from October 17 to April 25, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 18, with an average total accumulation of 3.4 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.8 months, from April 25 to October 17. The least rain falls around July 16, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Manhattan Beach varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 54 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 25 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:42 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 33 minutes later at 7:14 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:44 PM on December 5, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 24 minutes later at 8:08 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Manhattan Beach 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
Manhattan Beach experiences some seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 3.4 months, from July 1 to October 12, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 3% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 30, with muggy conditions 14% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is February 21, when muggy conditions are essentially unheard of.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Manhattan Beach experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from November 5 to May 9, with average wind speeds of more than 7.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.8 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.9 months, from May 9 to November 5. The calmest day of the year is August 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.2 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Manhattan Beach varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 8.8 months, from February 14 to November 7, with a peak percentage of 59% on May 23. The wind is most often from the north for 3.2 months, from November 7 to February 14, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.
Manhattan Beach 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 3.2 months, from July 7 to October 13, with an average temperature above 66°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 21, with an average temperature of 68°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.7 months, from December 11 to May 2, with an average temperature below 60°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 17, with an average temperature of 58°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Manhattan Beach 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 Manhattan Beach for general outdoor tourist activities is from mid June to mid October, with a peak score in the second week of August.
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 Manhattan Beach for hot-weather activities is from late July to mid September, with a peak score in the last week of August.
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.
Temperatures in Manhattan Beach 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
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 3.9 months, from April 24 to August 22, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.3 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 21, with an average of 8.4 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 6 to February 11, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 2.9 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Manhattan Beach are 33.885 deg latitude, -118.411 deg longitude, and 39 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Manhattan Beach contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 236 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 62 feet. Within 10 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (1,345 feet). Within 50 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (9,377 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Manhattan Beach is covered by artificial surfaces (52%) and water (45%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (53%) and water (44%), and within 50 miles by water (46%) and shrubs (23%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Manhattan Beach, 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 is only a single weather station, Los Angeles International Airport, in our network suitable to be used as a proxy for the historical temperature and dew point records of Manhattan Beach.
At a distance of 6 kilometers from Manhattan Beach, closer than our threshold of 150 kilometers, this station is deemed sufficiently nearby to be relied upon as our primary source for temperature and dew point records.
The station records are corrected for the elevation difference between the station and Manhattan Beach according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
Please note that the station records themselves may additionally have been back-filled using other nearby stations or the MERRA-2 reanalysis.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .