This post is a summary of the weather in San Francisco in November, with tips on what to wear and things to do.
AVERAGE TEMPERATURES IN NOVEMBER
When you arrive, it probably won't be very cold: the typical temperatures in the early part of the month are in the mid-60s F (19-20 C), with the warmest days of the month getting into the mid-70s F (22-23 C).
As the month progresses, it will get a bit chillier. Late November temperatures are often in the mid-50s (11-12 C). At night, the temperatures always about 10 degrees (5 C) lower than the daytime temperatures. So if you plan to be out at night, you should remember to bring an extra layer of clothing.
The November weather in San Francisco has never gotten below freezing (0 C), so you do not have to ever worry about snow.
DO I NEED AN UMBRELLA IN NOVEMBER IN SAN FRANCISCO
November is the beginning of the rainy season in San Francisco. However, there will be very few days with heavy rain (meaning 0.5 inches (13 mm) of rain. So we recommend bringing a small umbrella that you can carry around.
A typical "rainy" day in San Francisco might actually only have 15-30 minutes of rain, with the rest of the day remaining cloudy. But in those 15-30 minutes, you will be thankful to have your umbrella.
WHAT TO WEAR IN NOVEMBER IN SAN FRANCISCO
Since November can get a bit cold during the day and into the evening, we recommend wearing a light jacket. In addition, you may want to bring a sweatshirt around the city.
The daytime should stay warm enough that a jacket will keep you comfortable, but if the day gets windy, or if you stay outside into the evening, you will be thankful to have the extra layer of warmth.
In addition, if you are particularly sensitive to windy weather, you may want to bring a scarf or earmuffs.
There are more things to do in November than we can list here, so be sure to read our full post on what to do and see this month, as well as our master post for any time of the year. Below is our top choices.
And if you are planning on visiting many of San Francisco's top attractions, then you should consider a tourist discount pass as you could save up to 50% of retail ticket prices to tours, attractions, and restaurants.
- Take a walking tour.
- Go to a football or hockey game.
- Attend a concert.
- See Hamilton the musical.
- Find creative art at the craft fair.
- Participate in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
- See the Christmas Tree Lighting in Union Square.
- Attend the Dia de los Muertos Festival.
- Go to the Bay Area Science Festival.
- Save with a tourist attraction pass.
Find out more and read our full post on what to do and see this month.
Written by Fred Pickhardt