I'm thinking of taking three weeks to visit California and I'm hoping to catch some sun (I live in Scotland - sun on holiday is a must!).

If I choose to visit California at the end of January, beginning of February, is there a chance it will be cold (10C/50F)and/or rainy?

I know California is a big place, but I am looking forward to soaking up the sun.

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    It really does depend on where you want to go. In the mountains, it's ski season at that time of year. – phoog Sep 3 '17 at 13:45
  • Will you be able to move around, or will you commit in advance to a particular place in California? Any given area of California could be the target of a pineapple express weather pattern for most of an arbitrary three week period. – Patricia Shanahan Sep 3 '17 at 14:00
  • In late January/early Feb, the farther south you go in California the more likely you are to have good weather. This is not at all a guarantee, though. – user1008090 Sep 3 '17 at 14:59
  • You might want to see this holiday-weather.com/los_angeles/averages/january. Average seems to be 13C with considerable rainfall. – DarthVader Sep 3 '17 at 15:41
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    California is ENORMOUS. England and Scotland would fit inside its footprint.. Glasgow/Edinburgh = San Francisco/Sacramento. Brighton/Dover = San Diego/Palm Springs. It's like that. – Harper Sep 4 '17 at 0:25

YES. California as a whole is a year round destination. For the best chance of sun stay south.

Look into Palm Springs. Warning though, it will likely be sunny but cool or even cold. Average high in January is between 67-70F (18-21C) (From a Wyndham Resorts/Vacation Palm Springs website).

If you want ocean with your sun, the water temperature in La Jolla (north of San Diego) will be around 55-63F / 15-17C. Gathered from Google searches, but here's a temperature table for various southern California beaches from NOAA.

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    For someone from Scotland, 18–21°C would probably be considered warm, not cool. :) – gsnedders Sep 3 '17 at 20:08
  • @gsnedders, true =0) – Lucas T Sep 4 '17 at 13:17

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