How Often Does the Sun Shine in Sacramento?
The average annual sunshine level in the city of Sacramento, California is 78%. That means, on average, the sun is shining 78% of the possible time it could be shining in Sacramento on a yearly basis. The rest of the time clouds block the sun.
Sunshine levels vary greatly in Sacramento, depending upon the months and seasons of the year. The sunniest month of the year in Sacramento 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 94%, followed by September at 93%, May at 90% and October at 86%.
The least sunniest month of the year in Sacramento is January, which averages 48% sunshine, followed closely by December which averages 49% sunshine. The next least sunniest month in Sacramento is February which averages 65% sunshine, followed by November at 66%, March at 74% and April at 82%.
Looking at the monthly sunshine levels in Fresno, one can see that the city rarely has a cloudy day from March through October. But in the months of December and January, Sacramento experiences more cloudy days than sunny days. A huge variation that is rarely seen in most cities, though Sacramento closely mirrors Fresno, California in this regard, even though the capital city is nearly 200 miles north of Fresno.
How the Sunshine Level in Sacramento Compares to Other Cities in California
As you can see below, Sacramento is one of the sunniest cities in California, but it it not the sunniest. The capital city 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%
Fresno - 79%
Los Angeles - 73%
San Diego - 68%
San Francisco - 66%
Eureka - 51%
Cities in the United States at or Above 78% Annual Sunshine Levels
All the following cities also average around 78% or better annual sunshine. That does not mean any of the cities have the same climate as Sacramento, 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%
Flagstaff, Arizona - 78%
Overall, Sacramento ranks as one of the sunniest cities in the United States, and in the world. There are only eight cities in the United States that receive more annual sunshine than Sacramento, including Redding and Fresno in California. The city with lowest annual average sunshine level in the United States is Juneau, Alaska at 30%.