General Information on November Weather in San Francisco
Although September and October are some of the best months to visit San Francisco, November is what we call the “shoulder season” in this city. When you arrive, it probably won’t be very cold: the typical temperatures in the early part of the month are in the mid-60s (19-20 C), with the warmest days of the month getting into the mid-70s (22-23 C). As the month progresses, it will get a bit chillier. Late November temperatures are often in the mid-50s (11-12 C). At night, the temperatures always about 10 degrees (5 C) lower than the daytime temperatures. So if you plan to be out at night, you should remember to bring an extra layer of clothing. The November weather in San Francisco has never gotten below freezing (0 C), so you do not have to ever worry about snow.
The Best San Francisco November Activities
One of the best neighborhoods in San Francisco in November is Chinatown. There are some major festivals in Chinatown in October, and the neighborhood often leaves the decorations up for the next month for us to enjoy. So we’d recommend taking a great walking tour of the area while you’re in town.
Another great activity happening in the San Francisco area in November is the Napa Valley Film Festival. At the festival, you can enjoy the best new movies of the coming year right alongside with some of the best actors and filmmakers of our time. All this in the best wine-making region in the country.
And if you’re going up there, remember to check out our list of the best wine tours.
November is also a great month to take a double decker bus tour. Driving through this beautiful city on the upper level of a bus is a fantastic way to enjoy the architecture, all while getting a great narration of what you’re looking at. And don’t worry–even if it rains, they’ll put a transparent plastic covering on the bus, so you won’t get wet! So check out our page on the best San Francisco bus tours to see what is available to you.
November is a great time to attend some of San Francisco’s fall events such as the North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl or perhaps you might stake out a good spot for the City Star Party & Telescope Night.
What to Wear in San Francisco During November
Since November can get a bit cold during the day and into the evening, we recommend wearing a light jacket. In addition, you may want to bring a sweatshirt around the city. The daytime should stay warm enough that a jacket will keep you comfortable, but if the day gets windy, or if you stay outside into the evening, you will be thankful to have the extra layer of warmth. In addition, if you are particularly sensitive to windy weather, you may want to bring a scarf or earmuffs.
Do I Need an Umbrella in San Francisco in November
November is the beginning of the rainy season in San Francisco. However, there will be very few days with heavy rain (meaning 0.5 inches (13 mm) of rain. So we recommend bringing a small umbrella that you can carry around. A typical “rainy” day in San Francisco might actually only have 15-30 minutes of rain, with the rest of the day remaining cloudy. But in those 15-30 minutes, you will be thankful to have your umbrella.