How Often Does the Sun Shine in Fresno?Local Reviews
The average annual sunshine level in the city of Fresno, California is 79%. That means, on average, the sun is shining 79% of the possible time it could be shining in Fresno on a yearly basis. The rest of the time clouds block the sun.
Sunshine levels vary greatly in Fresno, depending upon the months and seasons of the year. The sunniest month of the year in Fresno is July, when it is sunny an incredible 97% of the time, followed closely by August at 96%. The next sunniest month is June at 95%, followed by September at 94%, May at 90% and October at 88%.
The least sunniest month of the year in Fresno is December, which averages 46% sunshine, followed closely by January which averages 47% sunshine. The next least sunniest month in Fresno is February which averages 65% sunshine, followed by November at 66%, March at 77% and April at 85%.
Looking at the monthly sunshine levels in Fresno, one can see that the city rarely has a cloudy day from late March through October. But in the months of December and January, Fresno experiences more cloudy days than sunny days. Just a huge variation that is rarely seen in most cities.
How the Sunshine Level in Fresno Compares to Other Cities in California
As you can see below, Fresno is one of the sunniest cities in California, but it it not the sunniest. Fresno is much sunnier than any of the big three cities in California, as Los Angeles gets at 73% sunshine, San Diego gets 68% and San Francisco is at 66%.
Redding - 88%
Sacramento - 78%
Los Angeles - 73%
San Diego - 68%
San Francisco - 66%
Eureka - 51%
Image Source (Almond trees blossoming in Fresno, California)
Cities in the United States at or Above 79% Annual Sunshine Levels
All the following cities also average around 79% or better annual sunshine. That does not mean any of the cities have the same climate as Fresno, just that they average around the same amount of annual sunshine or more.
Yuma, Arizona - 90%
Las Vegas - 85%
Phoenix - 85%
Tucson - 85%
El Paso - 84%
Reno, Nevada - 79%
Overall, Fresno ranks as one of the sunniest cities in the United States, and in the world. There are only seven cities in the United States that receive more annual average sunshine than Fresno, including Redding in California. The city with lowest annual average sunshine level in the United States is Juneau, Alaska at 30%.