Los Angeles is located on a hilly plane and is border by the Pacific Ocean to the south and west. To the east , the city is bounded by mountains.
Los Angeles has a subtropical Mediterranean climate and enjoys plenty of sunshine during the entire year. However, due to the terrain diversity there are diverse microclimates affecting the areas.
Summers are dry and sunny, while the most precipitation occurs during winter. The coldest month is January, with the average temperature of 57F, while the hottest is August, when the average is 72F. Offshore breezes cool the temperatures during summer but inland it can get well over 90F.
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Smog is a well known problem and usually gathers in the low-lying areas. Another unusual pattern is the dusty Santa Ana winds which blow from the mountains.
Best time to visit Los Angeles
The best time to visit Los Angeles is during summer, from June to September, especially if you are heading to the beach. This is also the peak season, so expect the airfare and accommodation to be at its highest. Also expect crowds pretty much at every attraction. Make reservations ahead of time, even at the restaurants you plan to dine.
Except for the winter holidays, December to March might just be one of good times to visit Los Angles if you plan to avoid the crowds, visit the city and don’t have any beach activities in mind. Nights are cool and often require a jacket but days can be sunny and warm enough to allow for wearing only a long sleeve t-shirt. You might find both airfare and hotel deals, but don’t count on that.
The shoulder season , which is in March, April, October and November, is one of the best choices as the days are warm and the weather is not rainy. Nights do require a jacket, though. Book the airfare and accommodation in advance and don’t expect to find too many deals.