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Discovering the Beauty of Summer in California

California is one of the most popular destinations during the summer season. The warm golden hues of the hillside grasses create a stunning sight in the late afternoon light. Read on to discover more about the beauty of summer in California.

Summer Food and Attractions in California

The prime season for fresh local food is during summer. The strawberries of Watsonville and Oxnard, as well as the stone fruits of the central valley, are particularly good. The beaches of California are a big attraction during summer, but visitors should be aware that the coastal weather in California is characterized by June darkness. The “marine layer” covers the coast all day in early summer, and the northern parts can be affected by “May Gray” and “Fogust.” 

Beaches in California During the Summer

The Southern California summers can be oppressively hot, so tourists tend to avoid the plains as temperatures increase. Death Valley is one of the world’s most dangerous locations, and summertime highs surpass 120°F, with the highest recorded temperature being 134°F. San Diego, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Death Valley, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Yosemite, and Lake Tahoe all have weather forecasts.

California’s Best Summer Activities and Events

Summertime in California is defined by music and events. Every weekend, there are food and wine events. Outdoor theatrical and musical performances are enjoyable summer evening pursuits. California is home to several important musical events. Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, and there are plenty of activities to enjoy with your father. Summer ends on July 4th, and Lake Tahoe and San Diego both have pyrotechnic shows. Labor Day is the last chance for a long holiday.

El Niño and La Niña in California

El Niño and La Niña are two of the most significant weather phenomena that affect California. The El Niño and La Niña Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phase La Nia is linked with drier-than-normal conditions in southern California. El Niño increases the chance of above-normal rainfall, landslides, floods, and coastal erosion. 

According to recent meteorological data, the three-year La Niña climate trend in the tropical Pacific is weakening, and an El Niño system may form later this year. From March to May, the World Meteorological Organization predicts a 90% chance of “ENSO-neutral” conditions, with the likelihood decreasing as summer advances. Longer-term forecasts show a 55% chance of El Niño from June to August. 

Keep an eye on the weather. One of the strongest El Niños on record produced record-breaking wave energy along the West Coast in 2015-2016, as well as coastal erosion on many California beaches. A record-breaking hurricane season in the central North Pacific, a serious drought in the Caribbean, and the hottest year on record characterized that winter. California was hit by a severe El Niño in 1997-98, resulting in 17 deaths and over $500 million in losses. El Niño produced near-record precipitation in the northern Sierra in 1982-1983, as well as one of California’s most expensive storm seasons, destroying thousands of piers and residences.

Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, indicated that the system has the potential to cause global warming. “Despite the fact that the previous eight years were the warmest on record,” said Petteri Taalas, “La Niña’s cooling effect temporarily halted the rise in global temperatures.” Global temperatures may rise again if we reach an El Niño phase. 


Overall, California offers a variety of activities and attractions during the summer season. Visitors can enjoy the warm weather, fresh local food, and beautiful beaches. However, it is important to stay informed about the weather conditions and potential El Niño or La Niña events that may affect the state.

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