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Best time to visit Monterey, CA, USA

Our verdict

The best time to visit Monterey is September-November

Monterey is a place lots of people visit almost all year round, but if you’re looking for the best time to go, September-November is definitely the time you should visit. This is based on a number of factors such as the weather, cost of flights and accommodation, peak travel periods and more.

In summer, temperatures can reach as high as 25℃ (77℉) in the middle of the day. The weather at night in the winter, which is around December-time, can get down to a minimum of 5℃ (40℉).

If you’re keen to see the sights of Monterey during the day, the sun stays up the longest around July. The wet season in Monterey falls around December, so if you prefer the dryer weather, you should look to visit in August instead.

Learn more about when to travel to Monterey, the monthly weather breakdown, FAQs and much more below. Once you’ve decided when you want to go, use our handy tools to find the best prices to suit your budget on flights, transport/transfers, places to stay, and loads more!

Warmest month

September

Least rainfall

August

Most daylight

July

Monterey seasons

Before you continue, it’s important to know when the seasons are in Monterey as they might be different to yours depending on where in the world you’re travelling from. Monterey is in the Northern Hemisphere, so the seasons fall during these months:

SeasonMonths
Summer June to August
Autumn/fall September to November
Winter December to February
Spring March to May

Average temperatures in Monterey

If the temperature is a big factor for you to help you decide when to visit, the chart below shows the average minimum and maximum temperatures in Monterey for each month side-by-side so you can easily see the difference in weather throughout the year. To see the temperatures in both Celsius (°C) and Fahrenheit (°F), hover or tap the shaded boxes on the graph.

Monterey climate by month

If you already have a rough idea about which months you might want to travel, the section below shows a detailed breakdown of the climate in Monterey for each month so you can see if it all suits your wants and needs. Scroll down, or use the quick menu below to jump to your preferred month.

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JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC

Monterey in January

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (59℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 48mm (2") over 9 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in January, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Monterey in February

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (58℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 18 days
  • Average rainfall: 47mm (2") over 9 days
18 days
of pure sunshine
9 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in February, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Monterey in March

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (53℉)
  • Average high temperature: 15℃ (60℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 17 days
  • Average rainfall: 54mm (2") over 13 days
17 days
of pure sunshine
13 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in March, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Monterey in April

  • Average temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (62℉)
  • Average low temperature: 9℃ (47℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 21mm (1") over 8 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
8 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in April, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Monterey in May

  • Average temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average high temperature: 18℃ (64℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (49℉)
  • Average humidity: 76%
  • Average sunny days: 24 days
  • Average rainfall: 13mm (1") over 5 days
24 days
of pure sunshine
5 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in May, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Monterey in June

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 11℃ (52℉)
  • Average humidity: 74%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 3 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
3 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in June, make sure you pack a coat or jumper for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Monterey in July

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 73%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 2mm (0") over 2 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in July, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Monterey in August

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 22℃ (72℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 75%
  • Average sunny days: 27 days
  • Average rainfall: 1mm (0") over 1 days
27 days
of pure sunshine
1 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in August, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Monterey in September

  • Average temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average high temperature: 23℃ (73℉)
  • Average low temperature: 13℃ (55℉)
  • Average humidity: 72%
  • Average sunny days: 26 days
  • Average rainfall: 3mm (0") over 2 days
26 days
of pure sunshine
2 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in September, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.

Monterey in October

  • Average temperature: 16℃ (60℉)
  • Average high temperature: 20℃ (69℉)
  • Average low temperature: 12℃ (54℉)
  • Average humidity: 69%
  • Average sunny days: 25 days
  • Average rainfall: 12mm (0") over 4 days
25 days
of pure sunshine
4 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in October, make sure you pack a light jumper or hoodie for the evenings and some light clothes for the daytime.


Monterey in November

  • Average temperature: 13℃ (56℉)
  • Average high temperature: 17℃ (63℉)
  • Average low temperature: 10℃ (50℉)
  • Average humidity: 68%
  • Average sunny days: 22 days
  • Average rainfall: 33mm (1") over 7 days
22 days
of pure sunshine
7 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in November, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Monterey in December

  • Average temperature: 11℃ (51℉)
  • Average high temperature: 14℃ (57℉)
  • Average low temperature: 8℃ (46℉)
  • Average humidity: 71%
  • Average sunny days: 20 days
  • Average rainfall: 61mm (2") over 10 days
20 days
of pure sunshine
10 days
of showers or rain

What to pack: If you’re heading to Monterey in December, make sure you pack a warm jacket or coat.


Top FAQs

The hottest month of the year in Monterey is usually September, where temperatures tend to rise to around 23℃ (73℉) in the middle of the day or early afternoon.
The month with the least amount of rain in Monterey is generally around August. The dry season often coincides with cooler weather, so you should check the temperatures in August first to make sure it’s still a good time to go.
The rainiest time of year in Monterey is generally around December, although the wetter season can sometimes extend a few months either side of December too.
If you want to get the most out of your time visiting Monterey, or if you're just afraid of the dark, the days in July are usually the longest between sunrise and sunset.

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