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In Sacramento, clear skies are the norm and anything under 70 degrees is commonly referred to as “freezing.” Sacramentans are spoiled with some of the best weather around.
With, sunny summers, brisk falls, comfortably chilly winters and warm springs, Sacramento has the best of all the seasons. It’s jeans and t-shirt weather almost year-round. Just bring a sweater for the winter and some swim trunks for the summer. Of course, if you’re headed up to the mountains you’ll want to be prepared for more severe conditions. Generally, most locals will tell you that October is the best one month of weather in Sacraqmento: there is little chance of rain, and daytime temperature averages are in the mid-70s to 80s.Sacramento enjoys a Mediterranean climate that is pleasantly mild throughout most of the year. The low humidity keeps things nice even as the temperature rises. The average temperature throughout the year is 61 °F (16 °C), with the daily average ranging from 46 °F (8 °C) to 76 °F (24 °C) in December and January. Average daily high temperatures range from 53 °F (12 °C) in December and January to 93 °F (34 °C) in July. Daily low temperatures range from 38ºF to 58 °F (3 to 14 °C).
Sacramento receives an average of about 16 inches of precipitation per year with about 58 days of rain. Much to the disappointment of schoolchildren in search of an extra day off, snow is quite rare in Sacramento , but the city does receive on occasional dusting.
The Sierra Nevada mountain range is just a short drive to the east and the weather there is quite different. With afternoon thunderstorms throughout the summer and regular, heavy snowfall in the winter, the mountains offer up an exciting alternative to Sacramento ’s more peaceful climate. It should also be noted that the Sierra Nevada snow pack, in addition to providing great skiing and snowboarding, is the most vital source of water for the entire Golden State .
If you do get stuck with bad weather, a train ride at the California State Railroad Museum is the perfect diversion, though, and visits to the many museums in Old Sacramento will keep you distracted and enriched.
If you're into white water rafting, keep in mind that the Upper Sacramento River can only be rafted in the spring and the season is short, so reservations must be made early.
Autumn is the time for peeping leaves, and Plumas County is the place for that. It's a jaunt from the city, but well worth the veritable rainbow of colors you'll see: quaking aspen, birch, dogwood, black cottonwood, and big leaf maple, to name only a few. Visit the Plumas County Visitor's Bureau for regular updated color reports.