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Why Is San Francisco So Cold?

The most beautiful city in the United States of America is probably San Francisco. The city is located in California on a peninsula that sits at the San Francisco bay entrance along the Pacific Ocean. San Francisco has modern skyscrapers and many Victorian-style buildings. The city is known for the bridges crossing the Bay of San Francisco. The most famous one is the Golden Gate Bridge built in 1937. The city has about 780,000 inhabitants, while the bay has more than 7 million. Among all these, the weather in San Francisco also attracts a lot of attention.

Why Is San Francisco So Cold?

Looking forward to visit San Francisco for the first time? Do bring with you some warm clothes. You’ve probably heard that it’s pretty chilly. Yeah, that's true, although its climate is relatively mild, which rarely gets out of the range of 55 – 56 degrees in winter or summer. If you think that's not that bad, wait until the afternoon comes — it can get really cold and windy. So, why is San Francisco so chilly? 

The microclimates in the Bay Area: There is a wide variety of climates in the Bay Area within miles of each other. It’s considered to have a Mediterranean climate that features hot and dry summers, and rainy and cool winters. However, San Francisco doesn’t experience the hot and dry climate. This is down to its position at the top of a peninsula surrounded by cold water. It can also be attributed to the contrast between the heat of California’s Central Valley and the cold current from the ocean. This set of conditions results in a steady flow of cool air that traverses the area.

The Fog: The fog starts rolling in at around 14:30 through the Golden Gate. It traverses the bay sometimes getting into the Berkeley Hills. The outer neighborhoods close to the ocean are usually foggier than other parts of the city, which means they are colder than other areas.

You now know the answer to, "Why is San Francisco so cold?" so do bring an extra coat when you visit this beautiful city in case the cold catch you by surprise. Before your visit, we have more great information to offer to make your trip perfect and let you enjoy the city to your extent. 

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