How’s the weather in Santa Barbara? In a word: sunny. Or at least it is 300+ days every year. This consistency makes it easy and inviting to plan a getaway. You can pack light, and plan to spend your days basking in an average daytime temperature that ranges from the mid-60s to the mid-70s. Low humidity and a gentle ocean breeze complement these ideal climes. Nights cool down slightly while the inland and mountain areas of Santa Barbara County tend to run a little warmer — averaging 15-20 degrees hotter during the day and slightly colder at night.
Seasonally, Santa Barbara sees the least amount of precipitation in the late spring and early summer. Those who visit during the fall enjoy the famous Santa Anas — noticeably warm winds that blow hot air from the inland areas toward the ocean. This phenomenon typically happens at sundown, which is why it’s often called the Sundowner Wind.
Ocean temperatures tend toward the cooler side, averaging 55 degrees in the winter and 65 degrees in the summer. Occasionally that number will rise to the mid-70s in the fall. Because of these cooler temps, surfers and seagoers usually opt for a wetsuit during the winter and spring months. However, beachgoers splash along the shores in bathing suits and trunks throughout the summer and fall.
So, how’s the weather in Santa Barbara? In a word: perfect.