Average Weather in Acton California, United States
In Acton, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are cold and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 35°F to 93°F and is rarely below 27°F or above 100°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Acton for warm-weather activities is from early June to late September.
The hot season lasts for 3.2 months, from June 14 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is August 2, with an average high of 93°F and low of 65°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.6 months, from November 20 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is December 25, with an average low of 35°F and high of 56°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 Acton, 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 Acton begins around April 25 and lasts for 6.3 months, ending around November 5. On September 7, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 90% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 10% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around November 5 and lasts for 5.7 months, ending around April 25. On February 22, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 46% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 54% 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 Acton varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from November 27 to April 1, with a greater than 10% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 20% on February 20.
The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from April 1 to November 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 0% on June 22.
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 20% 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. Acton experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.1 months, from October 19 to April 23, 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 2.9 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.9 months, from April 23 to October 19. The least rain falls around July 3, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Acton varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 51 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 28 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 5:39 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 35 minutes later at 7:14 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:42 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 27 minutes later at 8:09 PM on June 28.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Acton 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 Acton, 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 Acton experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from November 7 to May 13, with average wind speeds of more than 7.6 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 31, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from May 13 to November 7. The calmest day of the year is September 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.1 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Acton varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 3.6 months, from March 23 to July 11 and for 3.1 weeks, from September 14 to October 6, with a peak percentage of 52% on May 31. The wind is most often from the south for 2.1 months, from July 11 to September 14, with a peak percentage of 48% on July 30. The wind is most often from the north for 5.5 months, from October 6 to March 23, with a peak percentage of 41% on January 1.
Acton 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 3.3 months, from July 4 to October 14, with an average temperature above 66°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 18, 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 Acton 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 Acton for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to late September, with a peak score in the first 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 Acton for hot-weather activities is from early July to late August, with a peak score in the first 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.
The growing season in Acton typically lasts for 8.7 months (266 days), from around March 6 to around November 27, rarely starting before January 28 or after April 6, and rarely ending before November 8 or after December 19.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Acton should appear around February 11, only rarely appearing before January 29 or after March 2.
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 3.8 months, from April 26 to August 20, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.6 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 8.7 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 6 to February 12, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.1 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 Acton are 34.470 deg latitude, -118.197 deg longitude, and 3,018 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Acton contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 1,565 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2,954 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (4,938 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,062 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Acton is covered by shrubs (98%), within 10 miles by shrubs (89%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (59%) and artificial surfaces (18%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Acton, 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 Acton.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Acton 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 Acton is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Acton and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Palmdale United States Air Force Plant 42 Airport (62%, 20 kilometers, northeast); Mount Wilson (10%, 29 kilometers, southeast); Burbank Bob Hope Airport (12%, 33 kilometers, southwest); and Newhall (17%, 36 kilometers, west).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .