Wondering what to expect from Greater Palm Springs’ weather? The answer is that it all depends on when you are visiting. While this Southern California oasis is famous for its temperate winters and 300-plus days of sunshine, here are a few good things to know when planning what to pack on your next getaway to the destination.

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Winter: December - February (Average temperatures: 40-75*F / 4.5-24*C)
In the coolest of the winter months, Greater Palm Springs is warm and mild during the day with pleasingly cool evenings. What you can count on is plenty of sun and blue skies, giving the destination one of the most beautiful winter climates you will find anywhere, but be prepared to pack layers in case of an evening chill.

Spring: March - May (Average temperatures: 51-94*F / 10.5-34.5*C)
Springtime brings slightly warmer temperatures with daytime temperatures that provide the perfect reason to take a dip in the pool. Temperatures generally range from the high 70s (24-26C) to mid-80s (29-30C), perfect for getting outdoors. Spring is also a time when wildflowers burst on to the scene with brittlebush, sand verbena, the California bluebell, and more all making a colorful appearance.

Summer: June - September (Average temperatures: 70-108*F / 21-38*C)
June, July, August, and September are usually the warmest months in Greater Palm Springs with daily temperatures that can hit the low triple digits. Early morning and evening temperatures might dip to the 70-degree range, making for great leisurely biking and idyllic patio dining, especially under misters. And you'll also find golf discounts during these months. When it comes to outdoor activities, plan for early mornings when it's cooler and finish before the day's heat sets in. It's important to note that hiking in extreme heat can be dangerous and even life-threatening, so if there’s a heat advisory in effect, avoid hiking altogether—even in the mornings. Also, be sure to:

  • Hydrate regularly: Always carry water with you and drink frequently.
  • Avoid midday sun: Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.
  • Seek shade: Use hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Be cautious with pets: Ensure pets have access to water, avoid walking them on hot pavements (paw booties are recommended), and never leave them in a parked car even with the window cracked.

For other things to keep in mind when visiting during these months, view our Summer Travel Tips for Greater Palm Springs blog. 

Fall: October - November (Average temperatures: 48-91*F / 9-33*C)

Some might say fall in Greater Palm Springs feels like other destinations’ summers. Bright blue skies with temperatures that range from the 70s to around 90 degrees are common, although nights in later fall can require a sweater! It is our “secret” season to visit, but we’re sharing it with you.

With these tips in mind, you can enjoy all that Greater Palm Springs has to offer year-round while staying safe and comfortable.