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Santa Barbara Climate Conditions

  • Over 300 days of sunshine a year.
  • Humidity: Ranges from 40-60% and varies according to season.
  • Altitude: Sea level to 620 feet
  • Read about Santa Barbara's "June Gloom" weather phenomenon.

The coastal climate of Santa Barbara is always a enjoyable surprise to the first-time visitor. This is particularly true during the winter months roughly from October through March. Around the turn of the century, many prominent Eastern families came to visit and, unable to resist the lure of the pleasant climate, established their winter residences here. Santa Barbara is a "get out in the sunshine and fresh air" place, with all the activities that implies.

The average annual rainfall is only 15 inches about the same as many desert resort communities experience. Unlike those resorts, however, there are no sandy windstorms or blistering hot days. Absent, too, are the cold, fierce winter ocean storms that plague many California coast resorts.

What allows Santa Barbara to escape inclement weather, is its unique geographic location. For roughly 40 miles on either side of Santa Barbara, the California coastline runs almost due East/West. This alignment moderates the ocean currents that flow past Santa Barbaras front door. Towering mountains, very close to the sea, shelter the coastal strip from inland heat and cold. The Channel Islands, 20 to 30 miles off shore, break the force of ocean storms and quiets the surf.

The result is a comfortable year-round average temperature of 64 degrees, with an average maximum of 74 and an average minimum of 56 degrees.

All this means there is no "off-season" in Santa Barbara.. Warm sunshine, beautiful scenery, invigorating, clear, fresh air and congenial people await you year-round.

Average temperature in Santa Barbara (F)

Month Avg. High Avg. Low Mean Avg. Precip. Record High Record Low
Jan 64F 45F 55F 4.14 in. 89F (1962) 20F (1949)
Feb 65F 47F 56F 4.68 in. 89F (1995) 27F (1949)
Mar 66F 48F 57F 3.59 in. 96F (1988) 30F (1953)
Apr 69F 50F 60F 0.77 in. 101F (1989) 30F (1970)
May 70F 53F 61F 0.35 in. 101F (1968) 36F (1991)
Jun 72F 56F 64F 0.09 in. 103F (1990) 42F (1943)
Jul 75F 59F 67F 0.01 in. 108F (1937) 44F (1948)
Aug 77F 60F 68F 0.03 in. 99F (1978) 46F (1993)
Sep 75F 59F 67F 0.29 in. 105F (1978) 38F (1948)
Oct 73F 55F 64F 0.52 in. 103F (1950) 34F (1935)
Nov 69F 49F 59F 1.48 in. 97F (1956) 28F (1931)
Dec 65F 45F 55F 2.63 in. 92F (1958) 25F (1948)







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