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Check on the California weather before you book your holiday. Whatever kind of trip you are planning, take a look at today's temperature, the outlook for tomorrow and what the weather is usually like at this time of year. The California weather guide shown below is for Los Angeles. Read more about the weather in California.

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California sunrise & sunset times for HolidayWeather 2017

Browse the sunrise & sunset times for California in HolidayWeather 2017. Select a month to view California sunrise & sunset times for the next twelve months. The California sunrise & sunset times shown below are for Los Angeles.

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Date Sunrise times Sunset times
Thursday, 1st December 2016 06:42 16:44
Friday, 2nd December 2016 06:43 16:43
Saturday, 3rd December 2016 06:43 16:43
Sunday, 4th December 2016 06:44 16:44
Monday, 5th December 2016 06:45 16:44
Tuesday, 6th December 2016 06:46 16:44
Wednesday, 7th December 2016 06:47 16:44
Thursday, 8th December 2016 06:47 16:44
Friday, 9th December 2016 06:48 16:44
Saturday, 10th December 2016 06:49 16:44
Sunday, 11th December 2016 06:50 16:45
Monday, 12th December 2016 06:50 16:45
Tuesday, 13th December 2016 06:51 16:45
Wednesday, 14th December 2016 06:52 16:45
Thursday, 15th December 2016 06:52 16:46
Friday, 16th December 2016 06:53 16:46
Saturday, 17th December 2016 06:53 16:47
Sunday, 18th December 2016 06:54 16:47
Monday, 19th December 2016 06:54 16:48
Tuesday, 20th December 2016 06:55 16:48
Wednesday, 21st December 2016 06:55 16:49
Thursday, 22nd December 2016 06:56 16:49
Friday, 23rd December 2016 06:56 16:50
Saturday, 24th December 2016 06:57 16:50
Sunday, 25th December 2016 06:57 16:51
Monday, 26th December 2016 06:57 16:52
Tuesday, 27th December 2016 06:58 16:52
Wednesday, 28th December 2016 06:58 16:53
Thursday, 29th December 2016 06:58 16:54
Friday, 30th December 2016 06:58 16:54
Saturday, 31st December 2016 06:59 16:55
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California weather overview

California has an unusual Mediterranean climate which gets warmer and drier the further south you go. The state's extreme southeast witnesses hardly any rainfall and conditions are semi-desert with temperatures soaring in the summer months: the aptly named Death Valley records some of the highest temperatures in the world!

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA © John Arnold
The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California, USA © John Arnold

The coast, where San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles are situated, has coolish summers with frequent fog and mild, rainy winters. Rain also falls heavily in the Sierra Nevada range and the mountains which back the coast; this turns to snow on the higher peaks and gives California its reputation as a place where you can ski in the morning and sunbathe in the afternoon.

You should, however, take care in the mountains as sudden, heavy snowstorms can occur. Another climatic hazard is urban smog around Los Angeles which is a mixture of fog and pollution trapped by a blanket of coastal warm air. However, overall, California is a delightful place to visit and deserves its nickname 'the sunshine state'.

What to pack for California weather

Take light clothes for visiting southern California in the summer, add a few wraps if you are going to the coast and much warmer clothes for trips to the mountains. Take fairly warm clothing in the winter when you should be prepared for the occasional cold snap, and rain. Be aware that different parts of California often register America's hottest and coldest temperatures within a single day - over 55°C (120°F) in Death Valley, close to freezing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - so pack appropriately for where you are going.

California weather map: Select a destination

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Compare California weather with the United States

Below the California weather chart shows maximum daytime temperature for California, USA (Los Angeles) and the USA (Washington). For more weather parameters or to change the destinations shown visit the comparison weather tool.

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