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November Average Weather in San Francisco

July 8th, 2016 · No Comments · Weather

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If you are thinking about planning a San Francisco vacation in November, you probably want to know what the weather will be like. You’re in luck. While the rest of the United States is starting to get really chilly, San Francisco will likely be enjoying moderate weather. You should have plenty of opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities in San Francisco during the late autumn. As a bonus, hotel rates tend to be affordable in San Francisco in November.

The average high temperature in San Francisco is 64 degrees and the average low temperature is 51 degrees. You’ll probably want to pack a windbreaker and some pants since that can feel a little bit cold, especially when the fog is out, but you won’t need a big winter coat or anything like that. The key to packing clothes for San Francisco is always to think in layers and bring along your scarves and hats. That said, you’re going to have a lot of sunny days in San Francisco in November so you want to pack your sunscreen and sunglasses as well.

It’s important to know that November does kick off the winter rainy season in November. The month averages about three inches of rainfall so you might experience some wet days, especially if you get to San Francisco towards the end of November. Luckily there are lots of wonderful indoor activities in San Francisco including a variety of different types of museums, so if you happen to get caught in the rain, you won’t be lacking for things to do.

November is also rich in indoor annual festivals so if you’re looking for something unique to do then you’re going to be happy with your November San Francisco vacation. The first big annual event is the American Indian Film Festival, which takes place the second week of November. This is the oldest festival dedicated solely to Native American filmmaking. November is also the month for the annual Green Festival (for eco-friendly and sustainable solutions), the San Francisco International Hip Hop Dance Festival, and the San Francisco International Automobile Show.

If you come to San Francisco at the end of December, you might have the Christmas holidays on your mind. The city does too! It’s a great place to purchase gifts for others or start your own season of celebrations. Get unique handmade items at the annual Renegade Craft Fair and the Celebration of Craftswomen events. Attend the first weekend of the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. Check out the Embarcadero Center Building Lighting Ceremony when 17,000 city skyline lights get turned on for the holidays. And make sure to visit at least one of the big tree lighting ceremonies that happen at Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and Union Square.

Of course, Thanksgiving is also in November. What should you do if you’re in town for that? One popular choice is to take a Thanksgiving Day cruise. Another option is to join the Turkey Trot Run in Golden Gate Park. Most San Francisco attractions are open the day before Thanksgiving and many, including a lot of the museums, are actually open on Thanksgiving Day. Of course, the day after Thanksgiving is Black Friday and if you’re interested in holiday shopping then you’ll find lots of great deals in all of the various shopping districts throughout San Francisco.

Traveling to San Francisco in a month other than November? Check our average San Francisco temperature chart to see what the weather will be during your visit.

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