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San Francisco Weather Forecast

Info to Help You Interpret the Micro Climates in the Bay Area

It is a challenge to interpret the San Francisco Weather Forecast. Here you will find the information you need to fully understand the weather patterns in SF and the Bay Area.

If you are watching the forecast on TV or looking at in on line, you'll notice three different readings:

  • One is for the coast which is along the Pacific Ocean
  • One is for the bay which is along the SF Bay
  • One is for the inland areas. This is for all of the areas outside of SF
  • Here is how to interpret the three ranges:

    Pacific Ocean Temperatures

    This is for the areas in San Francisco and nearby that are along the ocean. This is the temperature for those visiting Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and the Presidio.

    Not sure what to pack? Click through for more details on the weather in San Francisco CA. You will also find some great tips on what to bring with you so you are prepared for your visit.

    SF Bay Temperatures

    This is for the other half of SF. It's also for the locations just north and east of San Francisco that are on the water. These temperatures are usually about 10 to 15 degrees warmer.

    This is the temperature for those visiting Fisherman's Wharf, Alcatraz and other sites on the east side of San Francisco. It's also the temperature for those visiting Berkeley, Oakland, Sausalito or Tiburon.

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    Inland Area Temperatures

    The inland area temperatures are for areas that are not along the water. These are usually about 35 to 40 degrees warmer in the summer. In the winter, they can be up to 20 to 25 degrees cooler.

    These are for those visiting San Jose, Santa Rosa and areas to the east such as Walnut Creek. There is a wide variation in temperatures based on location.

    Overall Forecast

    The reason people love the Bay Area is that the weather is almost always nice. In most areas, the cool ocean breezes and fog keep the temperatures moderate.

    You will also find a lot of sunny days - and can spend almost everyday outside. Although San Francisco has defined seasons, the temperatures here do not fluctuate as much as in other parts of the US. This makes it an ideal place to visit almost any time of the year!

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