by Steve Rhodes
Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, the city of San Francisco dwells at the tip of the peninsula. San Francisco can be said to have Mediterranean climate with cool dry summers and wet winters. The weather of San Francisco changes quickly and is quite unpredictable. The varying topography within the small area of San Francisco also adds up to the unpredictability. The small hills formed by the tectonic movements many years ago, gives directions to the wind within San Francisco, creating diverse weather condition. The eastern side of the city gets sunnier and clear days compared to west, which witness more fog. Oceans and bay surrounding the city from three directions also adds up to the dynamics of the weather here. The weather is affected by the ocean currents keeping the weather mild throughout the year.
Spring in San Francisco which prevails between the months of March to May, is sunny, cloudless and dry. During this time, rains are seldom and sky is clear blue. This is a wonderful time to visit San Francisco and hotels in San Francisco remain busy welcoming the hordes of tourists who come in for a holiday. With temperature hardly every falling below 9° Celsius and barely rising above 18° Celsius, the weather remains very favourable for the tourists. The atmospheric pressure builds up in the Pacific Ocean causes continuous sea breeze and the low rainfall makes the place very sought after during this time.
San Francisco summer is quite different summer that the rest of the world. Early mornings are mostly overcast and foggy, while as the day proceeds bright sunshine with cool land breeze take over the day. The afternoons and evenings are characterized with strong wind caused because of the differences in the atmospheric pressure between the Pacific Ocean and the interiors of mainland California. These winds passes through the Golden Gate causing the wind speed to rise up to almost 20 to 30 miles per hour. With temperature seldom crossing 25° Celsius the average temperature remains between 10° Celsius to 21° Celsius from the month of June to August. Summers can be one of the coolest times to visit San Francisco.
Autumn here is between the months from September till November, and is more or less is like the spring season. The weather is dry and comfortably warm and is supposedly the best season of the year for the tourists. It is the transitional period from summer to winter, with rain falling rarely and vanishing fog, magnificent sunrises and sunset. Early autumn are the warmest time in San Francisco. Visitors are advised to books their hotels in San Francisco as early as possible to avail discounts.
If summers are dry in San Francisco, winters are wet. November to February are the winter months. These are the months when San Francisco witnesses the highest amount of rainfall. Almost 75 percent of the annual rainfall occurs in these few months. Fog is denser affecting visibility t. Lots of rain and unpredictable thunder storms are the key characteristics. Days between rains are clear, sunny and crisp making San Francisco look fresh and new.
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