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San Jose, California, weather forecast

Growing in a Mediterranean Climate

Most people will agree: one of the nicest things about living in California is the weather we’re treated to. Especially here in the bay area, folks have come to expect a moderate climate. Not too hot, not too cold. Goldilocks would feel right at home in our neck of the woods. A large part of the reason for this? An exceptional Mediterranean climate, one of the few on the planet.

Mediterranean Climates

Köppen Climate Classification of Silicon Valley

It turns out that Silicon Valley carries a Köppen Climate Classification subtype of “Csb”, more generally referred to as Warm Summer Mediterranean. The classification offers nice benefits to all residents, be they people, animals, or plants.

Per the weatherbase site:

Under the Köppen Climate Classification, “dry-summer subtropical” climates are often referred to as “Mediterranean”. This climate zone has an an average temperature above 10°C (50°F) in their warmest months, and an average in the coldest between 18 to -3°C (64 to 27°F). Summers tend to be dry with less than one-third that of the wettest winter month, and with less than 30mm (1.18 in) of precipitation in a summer month. Many of the regions with Mediterranean climates have relatively mild winters and very warm summers.

The average temperature for the year in San Jose is 60.6°F (15.9°C). The warmest month, on average, is August with an average temperature of 70.1°F (21.2°C). The coolest month on average is December, with an average temperature of 50.0°F (10°C).

The average amount of precipitation for the year in San Jose is 15.8″ (401.3 mm). The month with the most precipitation on average is January with 3.1″ (78.7 mm) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is July with an average of 0.0″ (0 mm). There are an average of 61.9 days of precipitation, with the most precipitation occurring in February with 10.3 days and the least precipitation occurring in July with 0.2 days.