Today on Off The 56, Courtney Solis and I are talking about the weather! Follow along below to learn all about the weather in San Diego County.
No Extreme Weather
San Diego has no extreme weather such as blizzards, hurricanes, or monsoons. In fact, it has only snowed in San Diego 5 times over the last 125 years of weather record-keeping! The last time it snowed was on February 14, 2008, and the last measurable snow was in December of 1967.
San Diego gets about 266 days of sunshine a year! Even in the winter months, if the temperature falls, the sun is typically still shining. The temperature does drop significantly in the evening, so be sure to keep a light jacket or sweatshirt on hand! San Diego has a coastal-desert kind of climate here, meaning we have very little, to no humidity. This is great during the warm summer months.
Month to Month
The hottest months in San Diego are typically August, September, and October. Because we are a coastal city, the marine layer affects our weather every season. If you live in Southern California you’ll quickly learn the phrases “May Grey” and “June Gloom”. The marina layer rolls in during these months and creates a gloomy, overcast layer across the coast. It usually burns off by the late afternoon, but it can get old for us spoiled San Diegans!
Because San Diego County is pretty spread out, the temperature varies throughout the area. For example, if it is 70 degrees at the beach it is likely 5- 10 degrees warmer just 10 minutes inland. A good rule of thumb is the further inland, the warmer it will be.
The Pacific Ocean
If you grew up on the East Coast like Courtney and I, this one might come as a surprise- the Pacific Ocean is cold! Although people lay out in bathing suits year-round, don’t let that fool you! The ocean hovers around a refreshing 70 degrees in the heat of summer, so if you want to go swimming any other time, you’ll likely want a wet suit to stay warm.
Santa Ana Winds
This is when hot air comes in from the desert to the coast, rather from the coast, inland. This causes very hot weather and dry air. For many, it causes allergies, as the air picks up a lot of dirt and dust from the desert. Santa Ana winds can happen year-round, so when it happens in the summer it can get pretty hot, but in the winter, it can be a nice little heat wave.
Did you learn something new about San Diego weather today? Let us know in the comments below! And as always, if you’re thinking of making the move to San Diego, feel free to reach out. Let’s get started on your move to Sunny Southern California! (858)737-5255
We’re not going to lie; San Diego is a pretty awesome place to live. But today on Off The 56, we’re talking about the pros and cons of living in San Diego County.
1.Cost of Living
San Diego is not the cheapest place to live! In fact, it ranks #13 of the most expensive places to live in the Country. The median house price for a single-family home in San Diego is $645,000. Of course, this depends on what part of San Diego you want to live in. The closer to the coast, the higher the home prices get. That being said, you can definitely find a budget-friendly home if you don’t mind living more inland. If you’re thinking of making the move to San Diego, give me a call. I would be happy to help find the right neighborhood and home for you!
If you’re a big sports fan, San Diego might not be the perfect city for you. We only have one major sports team currently, the San Diego Padres. The home of the Padres is located in Downtown San Diego at Petco Park. This beautiful stadium is surrounded by great bars and restaurants and the park is used for many different events year-round.
3.Lack of Seasons
For some this one may be a pro, but for others, the lack of seasons can be a bit boring. Luckily, San Diego is located within driving distance to snow! You can hop in your car and be at Mammoth Mountain, Big Bear, or Julian to get your season-fix.
San Diego is not a very old city, so there is not a ton of history here. The most historical area and museums are located in Balboa Park. Downtown San Diego also has some beautiful historic buildings, but compared to cities on the East Coast, San Diego is a very young and we are still growing!
Although neighborhoods in San Diego are walkable, the County is fairly spread out. This means that most San Diegans own cars, which means, traffic. San Diego ranks #40 for traffic in the Country, so it is tolerable, but still something to note if you live in a small city now. It is also worth mentioning that our public transportation system is not as built up as other major metropolitan cities. We have a bus system and the Coaster Commuter Rail that goes up and down the coast from Downtown to Oceanside.
One of the best pros of San Diego is an obvious one, the weather! The weather in San Diego is typically a perfect 75 degrees, just about anywhere in San Diego County. We have about 10 days of rain a year, and it gets chilly in the evenings during the winter, but typically we stay around the low 70s.
San Diego County has some of the best public schools in California! There are 5 San Diego school districts that are ranked in the top 30 in all of California! Click here to learn more about our awesome public schools.
This is another obvious one, but we have to mention our beautiful beaches! There is truly a beach for everyone in San Diego and we think that’s pretty cool. One of my favorites is the Torrey Pines State Beach. Whether you like to lay out in the sun or enjoy some water sports we got you covered. San Diego beaches are known to be great for surfing, boogie boarding, skim boarding, kayaking, wind surfing, and more!
4. The Great Outdoors
Because of our awesome weather, San Diegans spend lots of time outside! If you’ve ever visited San Diego you’ll quickly notice how active our community is. There are great hiking and biking trails near the beaches, in the mountains, and even in the surrounding desert areas. The Torrey Pines Hiking Trail is a beautiful trail that is known for its stunning ocean views. There is also the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve that has 22 sq. miles of trails to explore!
5. Family Friendly City
San Diego is a very family friendly city! There are countless activities to do with your kids all over San Diego County, free and otherwise. Apart from our awesome public parks, we also have SeaWorld San Diego, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, LegoLand California, Children’s Museums in Balboa Park, and so much more.
We hope you liked our Pros and Cons of Living in San Diego. Let us know what you like best about San Diego in the comments below.