San Diego has some of the most celebrated weather in all of the United States, and it’s not hard to see why. All across the calendar, our warm temperatures and plentiful sunshine add up to a climate that’s mighty hard to argue with.

Take this month, for instance. February doesn’t have a great reputation in most of the country: The cold, snow, and ice of winter tend to be really wearing out their welcome come this time of year. San Diego? We average a pleasant 66 degrees Fahrenheit in February, and Southern Californian sunshine typically beams down on the city 72 percent of the month.

If you want to get technical, San Diego enjoys one of the more restricted climate types in the world: the Mediterranean climate. It’s named for the Mediterranean Basin where it’s most extensive, but much of California west of the Sierra Nevada falls within this climate zone, characterized by warm, dry summers and mild, wetter winters.

The San Diego area’s Mediterranean climate is shaped by the Pacific Ocean, the rugged coastal mountains, and our way-down-south latitude. The ocean is a beloved moderating influence on temperatures here: It keeps us cooler in summer and warmer in winter than we’d otherwise be.

And the presence of impressive mountains, the Peninsular Ranges, so close to the ocean makes for amazing climatic variety across short distances. An easy trip from San Diego’s seaside sunshine and balminess you can be tromping in the high-country snow of the Lagunas or wandering surreal Sonoran Desert landscapes eastward. Outdoors enthusiasts have a heyday in San Diego, given surfing, skiing, and desert trekking are all at their fingertips.

It’s blissful this time of year to come down to the Sofia Hotel from more northerly parts of the country and bask in San Diego’s wintertime sunshine and warmth. And it’s blissful in the middle of summer to make the same escape from stifling heat and humidity: Thanks to the maritime influence, our peak summer temperatures average in the mid-70s (though occasional Santa Ana winds in late summer and early fall can bring bouts of desert heat to the coast, for sure).

In short, whatever time of year you find yourself staying with us at the Sofia, you’re more likely than not going to have plenty of excuses to marvel at San Diego’s famously fabulous weather!

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