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How is the weather in San Francisco in November?

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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

Although September and October are some of the best months to visit San Francisco, November is what we call the "shoulder season" in this city.

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).

 

Average Temperatures in San Francisco in November

 

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.

 


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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.

 

How Much Does it Rain in November in San Francisco

 

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.

 


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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.

 

What to Wear in San Francisco in November

 

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.

 

 


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THINGS TO DO IN NOVEMBER

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.

 

  1. Take a walking tour.
  2. Go to a football or hockey game.
  3. Attend a concert.
  4. See Hamilton the musical.
  5. Find creative art at the craft fair.
  6. Participate in the Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
  7. See the Christmas Tree Lighting in Union Square.
  8. Attend the Dia de los Muertos Festival.
  9. Go to the Bay Area Science Festival.
  10. Save with a tourist attraction pass

Find out more and read our full post on what to do and see this month.

 


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Written by Fred Pickhardt

Ocean Weather Services

About The Author

Fred Pickhardt

Fred is a marine meteorologist and sailed briefly with American Export Lines in the Far East trade. He has extensive experience in weather analysis, weather forecasting, and forensic weather event reconstructions. Fred founded Ocean Weather Services and currently provides forensic marine weather reports to the maritime industry.
Updated: September 27th, 2021
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