The subtropical-Mediterranean climate that is typical to Los Angeles is one of the biggest selling points that make people want to move to this city. The Los Angeles lifestyle is heavily influenced by the weather and its proximity to impressive natural landscapes. From the scenic mountain ranges to the beautiful beaches along the Pacific Ocean, the outdoor life here is glorious, and rainfall is rare.

Tall and thin palm trees in a line on green grass under a green sky on a beach in Los Angeles, California

L.A.’s geographical location and varied terrain affect the weather conditions and subsequent microclimates. Cool ocean breezes can counter the hot and dry summers. The opposition between land and sea also produces some fog and dampness in the early morning. While the mountainous hills shield urban areas from the colder north-blowing winds. Aside from that, the sun shines constantly.


Seasonal weather in L.A.

Los Angeles is a sun-filled city throughout the year. Especially in the summer season from June to August, leading most people to the beach. During autumn, from September to November, the temperature is still warm enough for a plethora of outdoor festivals and activities to take place. Overall, the climate in this city is enjoyable all year. 

Harbor area in a Los Angeles beach at dawn

The winter months from December to February are milder than average, rather than the freezing temperatures associated with the time of year elsewhere. There can be occasional rain in the lead up to spring from March to May. But these months are typically warm with clear blue skies. Another aspect of the atmosphere in L.A. is air quality. The smoggiest period lasts from May to October. Pollution is apparent in most urban cities, but especially so in Los Angeles. To purify the air in your home naturally, it’s a good idea to invest in some easy-to-care-for apartment plants. Make the most out of the opportunities to connect with nature by going to the beach or hiking one of the city’s many large hills. 

Must-visit outdoor places to enjoy in the L.A. climate include hiking in canyon communities like Mount Hollywood and Runyon. Or taking a stroll in one of L.A.’s beautiful parks such as Griffith Park or Echo Park in DTLA. There is also a big pool party scene and lots of open-air eating opportunities at outdoor markets like Grand Central Market and the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. Blueground offers fully-furnished, equipped and serviced apartments in some of the world's most sought after cities. Living in the Southern California climate offers the opportunity to enjoy more of outdoor life. This makes it important to have an apartment with the right type of amenities. Guests that opt to stay in a Blueground rental in L.A. have everything they need to feel right at home. Most properties are located in buildings with pools, gyms and roof terraces. You’ll be the ideal host for pool workouts and al fresco socializing.


What to wear for the weather in L.A.

Generally, the clothing style in L.A. is quite casual to complement a more laid back lifestyle. In summer, it’s essential to wear breathable fabrics and always have some beachwear and activewear on hand, including sporty footwear, for spontaneous or extended outdoor activities.

Woman in sports clothing doing a yoga pose on a mountain in Los Angeles

In autumn, the live music festival season offers up the opportunity to be a bit more adventurous with outfits (Yes, we’re thinking of Coachella). The winters are all about layering, but not in an overly heavy way. The temperature is still mild but cool enough for jackets and jumpers. The odd rainy day requires sturdier footwear.


Average monthly weather conditions


At the start of the year, the daytimes are regularly warm with cooler nights. The average temperature peaks at 48°F (8.8°C) and lowers to 68°F (20°C). 


It’s generally a little cooler, and it’s also the month when it’s most likely to rain. The lowest average temperature is around 49°F (9.4°C), with warmer days rising to 58 °F (14.4°C).


We’re seeing the first signals of spring, with pleasantly mild weather ranging from 51°F (10.5°C) up to 70°F (21°C).


The sunny spring weather continues to warm up with average temperatures rising from  54°F (12.2°C) to 72°F (22.2°C).


It can feel like the start of summer has arrived with clear skies and average daytime temperatures of 75°F (23.8°C).


It is officially summer season in Los Angeles, with hot temperatures ranging from 78°F (25.5°C) up to a scorching 90°F (32.2°C).


The heat continues as the days get longer, with some humidity and average daytime temperatures peaking at 83°F (28.3°C). 


The hottest month in L.A. arrives. The hot weather comes with high temperatures that stay between 85°F (29.4°C) to 90°F (32.2°C).


The fall in L.A. appears when the days are more mixed between both warm and mild temperatures. However, it still feels cozy at around 83°F (28.3°C).


It continues to be mild with temperatures from 78°F (25.5°C) to 58°F (14.4°C) on average, with less visible smog.


It feels more like autumn weather than winter. The weather stays pleasant at around 70°F (21°C). Occasionally, there can be some days with light rain.


It’s officially the month in which the weather gets as cold as it’s going to get all year. The average temperatures at this time vary from 67°F (19.4°C) to 47°F (8.3°C).

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