More than 200 days a year have at least some sun, with 118 fully clear days on average, which means there are plenty of ideal days to visit attractions along the Mississippi River or hit up popular outdoor attractions like the Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms Park or Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park to the north of the city. Located in the northwestern portion of South Carolina, Greenville enjoys milder weather partly due to its proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
With a population of 329,839 residents, Spartanburg is the smallest metro area on this list of the Best Places to Live for the Weather. Still, there’s no shortage of good days to visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or drive a little outside the metro area to visit Bank head National Forest or Balladeer National Forest, which are both roughly an hour’s drive from the city.
In Modesto, you can expect an average of 82 days each year above 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 261 with clear or partly cloudy skies. Similar in population size to Modesto, neighboring Stockton also makes the list for its few cold days and plenty of sun.
San Juan’s location in the Caribbean means it has an elevated risk of storms during hurricane season. But those storms certainly aren’t the whole story, as the San Juan area averages 276 clear or partly cloudy days annually.
This popular tourist destination in coastal South Carolina doesn’t reach above 90 degrees more than 44 days a year, on average. Myrtle Beach is the fastest-growing metro area on the Best Places to Live list, having increased in population by 14.27% between 2014 and 2018 due to net migration alone, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
This Arkansas metro area has roughly 30 more cold and hot days per year than Myrtle Beach, but the weather extremes balance each other out. Additionally, Fayetteville sees three more clear or partly cloudy days per year on average.
If you like the idea of getting out into nature in the Ozark Mountains, Fayetteville could be the perfect place to make your home base. Atlanta gets some cool nights and a fair share of hot days, but those almost completely cancel each other out across an entire year.
Tulsa's residents enjoy, on average, 230 clear or partly cloudy days per year. While Oklahoma City experiences plenty of cold nights and hot days, a near-even balance between the two makes either extreme seem more tolerable for a full year.
A clear day will also make it easy to see far distances in this flat part of the country. Not the only Local metro area on the list, Los Angeles averages just 103 cloudy days per year.
With no nights of freezing temperatures and 21 days over 90 degrees, on average, the City of Angels makes for a great place to enjoy warm weather without extremes. An average of 116 days throughout the year are partly cloudy, which frequently burn off in the morning for clear afternoons, which is characteristic of the area.
Since it's known for rolling fog, San Francisco ranking high on the list may come as a surprise. And with just 102 cloudy days per year on average, you’ll be spending plenty of time at the beach enjoying the blue skies and sunshine.
With an average of 267 clear or partly cloudy days, Salinas has just 98 days throughout the year that are cloudy, which makes for ideal weather for visiting the beaches, marine reserves and parks along Monterey Bay. A little northwest of Los Angeles along the California coast, Santa Barbara benefits from beach breezes and the beauty of Los Padres National Forest, located directly north of the metro area.
(Weather station: Kearney Municipal, USA). Whether you're choosing your next vacation spot, looking for the best place to retire, or planning a move to a new state, you'll probably want to think about the weather.
Of course, climate preferences are highly personal, so these criteria may not fit your idea of good weather. The examples give you a starting point, but by no means cover all the places in the state that get great weather year round.
You can't beat the south and central California coast for pleasant temperatures' year round. Monthly average high temperatures for Honolulu on the island of Oahu and Kahului on Maui stay in the 80s all year.
Temperatures in Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Del Rio and Victoria, for example, stay perfectly warm in winter, although summers here get a little hotter than in southern California, reaching highs in the mid-90s. Galveston stays slightly cooler year round with average monthly highs ranging from 61 degrees in January to 90 in August.
But the daily high temperatures from October to April generally remain in the ideal range of 65 to 85 degrees. Warm winter temperatures, particularly at Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Key West, Orlando, Tampa and Vero Beach make Florida's weather most inviting, while summer highs average in the low 90s.
Key West is one of the driest and sunniest areas, with an annual rainfall of 39 inches and 76 percent sun. Depending on your preference for hot weather, Georgia could rank above Florida on the list of top 10 states for best weather.
Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon and Savannah stay a little cooler than Florida through most of the year, which makes these places more comfortable in May and September. Macon is among the sunniest and driest cities in the state with 45 inches of rain and 66 percent sunshine.
Charleston has pleasant temperatures' year round with highs ranging from 57 degrees in January to 89 in July. Annual rainfall totals a reasonable 46 inches and the sun shines a respectable 63 percent of the time.
Wilmington remains cooler than other places on the top 10 list, with January highs hovering around 40 degrees. Two places in this state with worthy weather include one that's relatively warm and wet, the other cool and dry.
The criteria we used make the assumption that people prefer days with moderately warm temperatures, at least partial sunshine, a light breeze, low humidity and no precipitation. In other words, we're highlighting comfortable days that don't require a jacket, when you don't feel like you're stepping into a sauna, and when you won't get poured on or blown away.
Congratulations to Long Beach, California, which tops our list with 210 nice days per year. Other cities near the top are some you might expect, such as San Diego, famous for its great weather, and parts of California's Central Valley.
When we map the nice-day counts, the zone from Southern California north through the Central Valley clearly stands out as the region with the greatest frequency of ideal weather. The persistent maritime influence of these locations provides many dry days with moderately warm temperatures year-round.
Farther east, areas in southern Arizona scored big in the ideal- weather department. Many days in October and November (greater than 50 percent) meet the target criteria, and so do quite a few in the spring.
No wonder it's such a popular time of year to watch college football and attend fall festivals. In the central portion of the United States, there is a notable drop-off in days per year meeting the criteria.
There are relatively few nice days in South Texas, because it's too humid from late spring to early fall and too cold during winter. Fairbanks, Nevada and Galena all meet the ideal weather criteria over 45 days per year.
Using automated weather stations with relatively complete data between 1998 and 2018, we systematically evaluated every daily and hourly observation for 373 stations around the country for all 365 days of the year and computed the number of days per year that met all the following specific criteria: Note that these criteria are the same that the Capital Weather Gang uses to determine whether Washington, DC, will be awarded a “nice day sun” in its daily forecasts.