Los Angeles weather
Known as the City of Angels, Los Angeles experiences dry and sunny summers, as well as mild winters.
Los Angeles weather averages and climate
When is the best time to visit Los Angeles?
Summer in Los Angeles tends to be warmest, though temperatures remain mild throughout the year. Winter temperatures tend to reach the high teens, though rainfall is much more likely. To ensure a dry visit, tourists should take advantage of the reliably dry summer months where they can also enjoy long hours of daily sunshine.
March sees the highest rainfall of the season, with 50mm of rainfall on average. The level of precipitation drops drastically with an average of 4mm in May. Temperatures rise a little through the season with average highs of 18.6°C in March, rising to 20.7°C in May. Throughout the season, visitors can expect to enjoy around 9 hours of daily sunshine.
August is the warmest month of the year, with average daily highs of 24.4°C. Throughout the summer, LA sees long hours of sunshine, with July bringing around 12 hours of daily sunshine per day. Rainfall is unlikely throughout the summer months, though visitors may benefit from a breeze, with June seeing an average wind speed of 8.1mph.
Sunshine hours decrease slightly, though November still sees an impressive 8 hours of daily sunshine. Rainfall levels remain low, with October bringing just 9mm on average, although this rises to 45mm in November. Temperatures steadily fall during the season. Daily average maximums are at 24.2°C in September and fall to 20.9°C by November.
February sees the coolest average temperatures, though average daily highs remain at a pleasant 18.3°C. Rain is most likely during the winter months, with January seeing an average rainfall of 61mm, and February seeing the highest rainfall with 64mm. Sunshine hours are at their lowest in the winter season, with around 7 hours per day, although this still provides plenty of opportunity to sightsee.
Los Angeles tourist information
First settled in the late 18th century and known then by its much longer name of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles (the Town of Our Lady Queen of the Angels), the Spanish colony began to prosper with its rich soil and plentiful livestock.
The city steadily grew to incorporate its surrounding villages and towns, including Hollywood in the early 20th century, which voted for incorporation to boost its own water supply and to gain adequate sewage facilities. Hollywood's first official motion picture, a short silent movie named In Old California by D.W. Griffith was filmed in 1910 and was one of the forefathers of cinema. Other filmmakers, keen to repeat Griffith's success travelled across the country from New York and set up in LA, leading to the city's status as the movie capital of the States.
Though Los Angeles is home to many of the industry's biggest film and television production companies, you are unlikely to stumble across a major motion picture being shot here on your trip due to the rising costs. However, there is still plenty to see on your travels - visitors come from around the world to check out the Walk of Fame and legendary movie theatres. Los Angeles is also one of the busiest ports in the world, importing and exporting goods across the Pacific.
Many guided tours run through the city, allowing travellers to get a taste of what life in Los Angeles was like through the eyes of some of its most famous inhabitants.
The Staples Centre is also the home of the city's major sports teams; take in a game of basketball involving the LA Lakers, Clippers, or for the women's game, the Sparks. The LA Kings of ice hockey, winners of the 2012 Stanley Cup, also play their NHL games throughout the winter in the Staples Centre. If you would rather enjoy a more relaxed game of baseball, the LA Dodgers play their games at the Dodger Stadium.