Sunshine vs. Daylight in San Diego

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The Sunny City by the Sea
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No one likes a dreary day. Thankfully, San Diego’s days are sunny, inviting vacationers to hit the beach and spend the day sightseeing under blue skies.
Todd Sarouhan
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Amount of Sunshine Vs. Daylight Hours

When planning a trip to any coastal city, one of the most important factors to consider is the amount of sunlight you can expect during your stay. After all, who wants to go to the beach when it’s overcast, or try to take commemorative photos in front of landmarks that are obscured by dreary weather?

Beach towns are especially dependent on their sunlight hours to draw crowds to their shores throughout the year. Sun means warmer temperatures and less rainfall, which in turn means more perfect beach going days.

If great weather is one of your priorities for a vacation, there are few better places to visit than San Diego! The city has developed a reputation for its sunny weather which is well-deserved. When comparing the average hours of sunshine each day to the total number of daylight hours, it’s clear that blue skies await!

San Diego Daylight vs Sunshine Hours Chart

Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
DAYLIGHT
(HRS)
10.3
11
12
13
13.9
14.3
14.1
13.3
12.4
11.3
10.5
10
SUNSHINE
(HRS)
7.6
8
8.5
9.4
7.8
8.2
9.9
9.6
8.1
7.9
7.7
7.5
PERCENT SUNSHINE
74%
73%
71%
72%
56%
57%
70%
72%
65%
70%
73%
75%

Summer Sunshine in San Diego

Long Uncrowded Beach at San Elijo State Beach
Long Uncrowded Beach at San Elijo State Beach

In the summer months of June, July and August when there are close to 13.5 and 14.5 hours of daylight each day, you can expect between 8 and 10 hours or more of these to be filled with clear skies and bright sunshine.

With more daylight hours this time of year, you can expect the sun to set later in the evening providing vacationers more daylight to pack each day with more fun-filled activities!

San Diego Weather Forecast

August
68°F / 83°F
Sunny in August
September
66°F / 82°F
Sunny in September
October
61°F / 81°F
Sunny in October

Is the Winter Dreary?

Bella and the Sunset at Seascape Beach
Bella and the Sunset at Seascape Beach

Plenty of coastal towns have excellent weather during the summer but less favorable conditions during the fall and winter. This can be a problem for the city’s tourism industry and for vacationers alike.

Regions with chilly winters tend to draw fewer crowds during the off-season, which in turn means any tourism activities during this time of year aren’t nearly as popular. This also means that summers are exceptionally crowded, since few people will choose to visit in the winter. Excessive summer crowds can be just as off-putting as poor weather, leading many people to choose alternate locations for their travels.

Luckily, this isn’t the case in San Diego!

In winter, when the days are shorter with around 10 to 11 hours of daylight each day, you can still expect it to be sunny for approximately 75% of the time!

Tourists can find exciting activities open in every season, which not only helps to limit crowds during the busy season but also invites people to visit during holiday events throughout the year. If you’re looking for unique things to do, try visiting in October, November, or December to see the seasonal events, from San Diego’s unique Christmas events and flashy New Year’s Eve parties to the area’s Halloween and Día de Los Muertos celebrations.

Of course, it isn’t always sunny, but these days are few and far between. In fact, the only months when the average hours of sunshine fall below 60% are May and June, and they still have clear blue skies for an average of 55% to 56% of the daytime!

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Year-round Sunshine

Statue at El Prado at Balboa Park
Statue at El Prado at Balboa Park

The hours of sunlight in San Diego vary from a low of around 10 hours per day in the winter months to a high of around 14 hours per day in the summer months. Sunshine hours vary as well with an average low of 7.5 in December to an average high of near 10 hours per day in July!

The thing to know about the sunshine in San Diego is that no matter when you choose to visit, you can expect plenty of sun and blue skies. No month during the entire year averages less than 50% sunshine and most average around 70% to 75% sunny days!

This means beautiful skies and plenty of great weather to enjoy the beaches for activities like swimming, snorkeling and surfing. It also allows for opportunities to tour the best neighborhoods like Old Town and La Jolla for exceptional shopping, cafes and restaurants.

On the sunniest days, visitors can wander the grounds of Balboa Park and on the off chance of inclement weather, the area offers over a dozen museums that are perfect rain or shine.

The moral of the story in San Diego is that most days year-round will offer you plenty of daylight and consistent sunshine!

This Month's Forecast
66°F / 81°F
Sunny in July
Aug
68°F / 83°F
Sunny in August
Sep
66°F / 82°F
Sunny in September
Oct
61°F / 81°F
Sunny in October

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