Average Weather in Poway California, United States
In Poway, the summers are short, warm, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are long, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 43°F to 85°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Poway for warm-weather activities is from early June to early October.
The hot season lasts for 2.8 months, from July 1 to September 26, with an average daily high temperature above 81°F. The hottest day of the year is August 24, with an average high of 85°F and low of 64°F.
The cool season lasts for 4.3 months, from November 27 to April 5, with an average daily high temperature below 69°F. The coldest day of the year is December 25, with an average low of 43°F and high of 65°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 Poway, 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 Poway begins around April 26 and lasts for 6.2 months, ending around November 2. 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 2 and lasts for 5.8 months, ending around April 26. On February 20, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 44% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 56% 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 Poway varies throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.7 months, from November 18 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 21.
The drier season lasts 7.3 months, from April 10 to November 18. The smallest chance of a wet day is 1% on June 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 21% on February 21.
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. Poway experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
The rainy period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from October 16 to April 27, with a sliding 31-day rainfall of at least 0.5 inches. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around February 20, with an average total accumulation of 2.8 inches.
The rainless period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from April 27 to October 16. The least rain falls around June 19, with an average total accumulation of 0.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Poway varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 9 hours, 59 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 20 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, 29 minutes later at 7:07 AM on November 3. The earliest sunset is at 4:41 PM on December 4, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 20 minutes later at 8:00 PM on June 29.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Poway 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 Poway, 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
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Poway experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from November 13 to June 19, with average wind speeds of more than 7.0 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is April 11, with an average hourly wind speed of 8.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.8 months, from June 19 to November 13. The calmest day of the year is September 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Poway varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 9.8 months, from January 31 to November 23, with a peak percentage of 83% on June 6. The wind is most often from the east for 2.3 months, from November 23 to January 31, with a peak percentage of 44% on January 1.
Poway 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 9 to October 6, with an average temperature above 68°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 23, with an average temperature of 70°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 4.4 months, from December 8 to April 20, with an average temperature below 61°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 6, with an average temperature of 59°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Poway 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 Poway for general outdoor tourist activities is from early June to early October, with a peak score in the second 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 Poway for hot-weather activities is from mid July to mid September, with a peak score in the third 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 Poway 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 3.8 months, from April 25 to August 17, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 7.4 kWh. The brightest day of the year is June 20, with an average of 8.5 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 4.2 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 26, with an average of 3.1 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Poway are 32.963 deg latitude, -117.036 deg longitude, and 728 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Poway contains very significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 833 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 648 feet. Within 10 miles contains very significant variations in elevation (2,792 feet). Within 50 miles contains large variations in elevation (6,804 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Poway is covered by artificial surfaces (72%) and shrubs (23%), within 10 miles by shrubs (44%) and artificial surfaces (29%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (46%) and water (31%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Poway, 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 Poway.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Poway 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 Poway is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Poway and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ramona Airport (20%, 14 kilometers, northeast); Miramar Marine Corps Air Station (38%, 14 kilometers, southwest); Gillespie Field (28%, 16 kilometers, south); and McClellan–Palomar Airport (14%, 29 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .