Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Summer in San Francisco

When I woke up this morning the heat was on, the sky was gray, and the fog was blowing. Just an ordinary summer's day in San Francisco.

I'm consistently amazed how many visitors are shocked to find that San Francisco is cold in the summer. Every guidebook warns about our summer fog and advises to dress in layers. Of course, the many sweatshirt vendors are most pleased that tourists fail to prepare for our nippy summers.

The average low temperatures for the months of June, July, and August are 53, 55, and 56 degrees respectively. The average highs are 70, 71, and 72 degrees. The spring and fall usually have the nicest weather in San Francisco as these seasons have little summer fog or winter rain.

If you want a little warmth during your summer visit to San Francisco, just head to wine country. The average high temperatures in St. Helena -- in the heart of the Napa Valley -- are 86 degrees in June, 89 in July, and 88 in August. Fortunately, the low temperatures are in the low 50s. If it wasn't for the overnight cooling, the grapes would not develop enough acid and the wines would be flabby. Nobody wants any flabby wines!

The Bay Area is full of microclimates. Drive a few miles and the temperature will change. Take a custom, private tour with Blue Heron and experience this unusual weather phenomena. Book a tour by calling (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or by clicking here to send an e-mail.

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