What Is the Weather Like in California in November?

While its weather varies from north to south and from east to west, California tends to experience more rain than usual throughout much of its 3.8 million square miles beginning in November. The month's average temperatures along the coastline dip to their lower ends, with mornings and evenings often in the 40s and daytime temperatures in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Further inland, November often means snow.

One of the main reasons many people love California is its range of terrain and climates. A person can begin the day at the mild coast and then head for the mountains to ski in the afternoon. This is particularly true in the month of November when snow resorts are primed for winter recreation.

The same ocean breezes that keep temperatures along California's coastline tolerable in the summer prevent winters from becoming too cold and harsh. The northern part of the state tends to be cooler in general than the southern part.

November in California's desert is chilly in the evening, but generally no colder than 65 degrees Fahrenheit during most days. In fact, many people choose to visit desert destinations like Palm Springs during late fall and winter when temperatures are less sweltering.