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Average Weather in Santa Clarita California, United States

In Santa Clarita, the summers are hot, arid, and clear and the winters are cold, wet, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 95°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 103°F.

Climate Summary

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Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Santa Clarita for warm-weather activities is from late May to mid October.

Temperature

The hot season lasts for 3.1 months, from June 18 to September 20, with an average daily high temperature above 88°F. The hottest day of the year is July 27, with an average high of 95°F and low of 64°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.5 months, from November 23 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 68°F. The coldest day of the year is December 24, with an average low of 44°F and high of 61°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 Santa ClaritaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM4 AM8 AM12 PM4 PM8 PM12 AMcoldcoldcoldcoldcoolcoolcomfortablewarmhot
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 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.

Fès, Morocco (6,055 miles away) is the far-away foreign place with temperatures most similar to Santa Clarita (view comparison).

Clouds

In Santa Clarita, 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 Santa Clarita begins around April 24 and lasts for 6.4 months, ending around November 5. On August 23, 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 5 and lasts for 5.6 months, ending around April 24. 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

Cloud Cover Categories in Santa ClaritaclearercloudiercloudierJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%Aug 2391%Aug 2391%Feb 2254%Feb 2254%Apr 2472%Apr 2472%Nov 573%Nov 573%clearovercastmostly clear
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 Santa Clarita varies throughout the year.

The wetter season lasts 4.1 months, from November 28 to March 30, 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 7.9 months, from March 30 to November 28. 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

Daily Chance of Precipitation in Santa ClaritawetwetdryJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Feb 2021%Feb 2021%Jul 20%Jul 20%Jan 117%Jan 117%Mar 3011%Mar 3011%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. Santa Clarita experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.

The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from October 15 to April 26, 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 3.3 inches.

The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from April 26 to October 15. The least rain falls around July 6, 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 Santa Clarita varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 51 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 20, with 14 hours, 27 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Santa ClaritaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hr12 hr, 7 minMar 2012 hr, 7 minMar 2014 hr, 27 minJun 2014 hr, 27 minJun 2012 hr, 8 minSep 2212 hr, 8 minSep 229 hr, 51 minDec 219 hr, 51 minDec 21nightnightday
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 5:41 AM on June 12, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 36 minutes later at 7:17 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 4:43 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 27 minutes later at 8:10 PM on June 28.

Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Santa Clarita 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 Santa ClaritaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMJun 125:41 AMJun 125:41 AM8:10 PMJun 288:10 PMJun 28Dec 44:43 PMDec 44:43 PM7:17 AMNov 47:17 AMNov 4Mar 12DSTMar 12DSTDSTNov 5DSTNov 5daynightnightnightnightSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
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 Santa Clarita, 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 2% of 2% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels

Humidity Comfort Levels in Santa ClaritaJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%10%20%30%40%50%60%70%80%90%100%Mar 20%Mar 20%Aug 33%Aug 33%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 Santa Clarita experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.

The windier part of the year lasts for 6.2 months, from November 3 to May 9, with average wind speeds of more than 7.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is December 30, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.1 miles per hour.

The calmer time of year lasts for 5.8 months, from May 9 to November 3. The calmest day of the year is August 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.5 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed

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 Santa Clarita varies throughout the year.

The wind is most often from the west for 2.3 months, from May 1 to July 11, with a peak percentage of 46% on May 31. The wind is most often from the south for 2.0 months, from July 11 to September 12, with a peak percentage of 42% on July 30. The wind is most often from the north for 7.6 months, from September 12 to May 1, with a peak percentage of 53% on January 1.

Wind Direction

Wind Direction in Santa ClaritaNWSNJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%westsouthnortheast
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

Santa Clarita 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 5 to October 15, 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 4.8 months, from December 11 to May 4, with an average temperature below 60°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 16, with an average temperature of 58°F.

Average Water Temperature

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

Best Time of Year to Visit

To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Santa Clarita 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 Santa Clarita for general outdoor tourist activities is from late May to mid October, with a peak score in the third week of September.

Tourism Score

Tourism Score in Santa Claritabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468107.67.62.32.37.57.5 precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudstemperaturetemperaturetourism score
The tourism score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

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 Santa Clarita for hot-weather activities is from late June to early September, with a peak score in the second week of August.

Beach/Pool Score

Beach/Pool Score in Santa Claritabest timeJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec02468105.75.70.20.2precipitationprecipitationcloudscloudsbeach/pool score
The beach/pool score (filled area), and its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).

Methodology

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.

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Santa Clarita over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 16, with a 79% chance.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Santa Claritagrowing seasonJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%90%Feb 2290%Feb 2290%Dec 2190%Dec 2179%Jan 1679%Jan 16Jul 13100%Jul 13100%very coldcoldcoolcomfortablewarmhotsweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands: frigid < 15°F < freezing < 32°F < very cold < 45°F < cold < 55°F < cool < 65°F < comfortable < 75°F < warm < 85°F < hot < 95°F < sweltering. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Santa Clarita should appear around January 18, only rarely appearing before January 11 or after January 31.

Growing Degree Days

The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the year, 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 3.9 months, from April 26 to August 21, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.5 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 18, with an average of 8.6 kWh.

The darker period of the year lasts for 3.2 months, from November 6 to February 13, 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

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Santa ClaritabrightdarkdarkJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec0 kWh1 kWh2 kWh3 kWh4 kWh5 kWh6 kWh7 kWh8 kWh9 kWh10 kWhJun 188.6 kWhJun 188.6 kWhDec 262.9 kWhDec 262.9 kWhApr 267.5 kWhApr 267.5 kWhAug 217.5 kWhAug 217.5 kWhNov 64.1 kWhNov 64.1 kWhFeb 134.1 kWhFeb 134.1 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 Santa Clarita are 34.392 deg latitude, -118.543 deg longitude, and 1,345 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Santa Clarita contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 525 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 1,290 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (3,251 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (9,377 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Santa Clarita is covered by shrubs (53%) and artificial surfaces (46%), within 10 miles by shrubs (70%) and artificial surfaces (17%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (47%) and artificial surfaces (17%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Santa Clarita, 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 Santa Clarita.

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

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Newhall (96%, 3.5 kilometers, southwest); Sandberg (0.7%, 43 kilometers, northwest); General Wm J Fox Airfield (1.7%, 49 kilometers, northeast); and Palmdale United States Air Force Plant 42 Airport (1.5%, 50 kilometers, northeast).

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.

Disclaimer

The information on this site is provided as is, without any assurances as to its accuracy or suitability for any purpose. Weather data is prone to errors, outages, and other defects. We assume no responsibility for any decisions made on the basis of the content presented on this site.

We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

We further caution that our travel scores are only as good as the data that underpin them, that weather conditions at any given location and time are unpredictable and variable, and that the definition of the scores reflects a particular set of preferences that may not agree with those of any particular reader.