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Disneyland: What's the Weather like in Southern California during the winter months?

From Jesse Key
Posted November 16, 2010 at 6:12 PM
Is Southern California (near Disneyland) weather pretty good for a trip year round (like Orlando)? Is there a time of year maybe I should avoid going to Disneyland if I want to be able to do water rides?

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From M. Ryan Traylor
Posted November 17, 2010 at 2:07 AM
Although generally sunny year round, SoCal is a desert. Our winters can have highs in the upper 60's and lows into the low 40's in the main areas. That will vary depending on how close to the ocean or mountains you are.

But the current weather trend is so screwed up, forget averages. Even 10 day forecasts are off at this point. We set a record high at the beginning of October at 115 degrees. Even last weekend, after two weeks of long pants, I was putting the shorts back on.

From Robert Niles
Posted November 21, 2010 at 11:25 PM
Typically, rain season starts in mid-October and lasts until mid-March. February is the rainiest month during that time.

While rain is a possibility during those months, most days are fine, sunny and cool to warm. Bring a jacket or sweater for the evenings. Don't stay away if it does rain - poor weather holds down the crowds. Check out our Six tips for enjoying a theme park in the rain.

This past year has been nuts, defying typical weather patterns. Usually, after April 1 and through Sept. 30 you have no chance of rain in SoCal, but we got some this year and the summer was pretty much non-existent. But when it was hot, it was brutal, setting some all-time temperature records.

What we don't have, though, is Orlando's afternoon thunderstorms. Here's it is either a rainy day or it isn't. In the LA basin and Orange County, we rarely get thunderstorms.

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