Bakersfield Weather, When to Go and Climate Information

(Bakersfield, California - CA, USA)

Known in California for its 'desert climate', the weather in Bakersfield is warm to hot for the majority of the year. In fact, the city ranks amongst the sunniest in the whole of the United States, with an average of more than 190 clear days each year.

The spring and fall seasons in Bakersfield tend to be especially pleasant and warm. Local farmers are able to grow a real assortment of unusual crops, thanks to reliably high temperatures, with citrus and pistachio orchards regularly cropping well in this part of Southern California.

When summer comes along, the climate really begins to heat up. In fact, between the months of April and October, it is quite normal for the city to boast in excess of 100 days when the daytime temperatures rise to over 32°C / 90°F. June and July are the hottest months and both experience many days when the temperature gauge rises close to 40°C / 104°F. This means that if you are planning a summer holiday in Bakersfield, you should consider the weather and high temperatures when packing, with summer hats and light cotton clothing being ideal.

Seasonal Climate Variations / When to Go

The hot summer climate means that evenings in Bakersfield can feel quite balmy. Many locals and visitors choose to eat out on summer evenings, with al fresco dining tables being a common sight.

Winters in the city are really quite mild and night-time temperatures usually stay a few degrees above freezing, although the occasional overnight frost is not unheard of. Snowy weather is extremely unusual in Bakersfield and snow flurries can actually be separated by periods of more than ten years. However, when snow does make an appearance, it usually makes up for lost time and several inches can fall quickly. December, January, February and March are the wettest months, with average monthly precipitation levels of between 2.5 cm / 1 inches and 3.3 cm / 1.3 inches.

Bakersfield Weather and Climate Chart (Averages)



14°C / 57°F
4°C / 39°F


18°C / 64°F
6°C / 43°F


21°C / 70°F
8°C / 46°F


24°C / 75°F
10°C / 50°F


29°C / 84°F
14°C / 57°F


34°C / 93°F
18°C / 64°F


36°C / 97°F
21°C / 70°F


26°C / 79°F
20°C / 68°F


32°C / 90°F
17°C / 63°F


27°C / 81°F
13°C / 55°F


19°C / 66°F
7°C / 45°F


14°C / 57°F
4°C / 39°F