Which neighborhood has the best weather in San Francisco?

Asked by Keith, Berkeley, CA Mon Apr 23, 2007

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Phill, , 94114
Wed May 2, 2007
Potrero Hill consistently has great weather, but I think the unspoken hero of the city is the Mission Dolores area (right around the park). It's protected by Twin Peaks and thus from the wind and fog that catches the rest of the city.
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Agreed! Can't beat Dolores Park on a nice day!
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Eric Turner, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Oct 31, 2012
It really matters what type of weather you are looking for and whether or not you are acceptant of fog. Some generally colder areas can get good sunlight at different times of day as well. If you are essentially looking for the best sunny weather, the South Beach, South of Market, Potrero areas (District 9), as well as in the Mission Dolores area (District 5) will be your best bet. There can often be a ten degree difference between foggy, distant areas of San Francisco and these neighborhoods.
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Kay Graham, Home Buyer, 94118
Mon Sep 14, 2009
Check this graph out. Great way to answer part of the question.
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Charles McDo…, Agent, Charlottesville, VA
Thu Nov 1, 2012
If on the coast, obviously there will be more wind and a bit cooler weather.
For the most part the weather is very consistant, from my past experience.
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cangrejo, Home Owner, 94134
Wed Oct 31, 2012
Portola District. South East side of the ciy. Tucked between Bernal on the North, Bayview on the East, Excelsior on the West and Visitation Valley on the South. It is one of the last areas of The City to get foggy.
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Eileen Bermi…, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Mon Sep 14, 2009
Keith--Here you go: Potrero Hill; South of Market; South Beach; Noe Valley (generally east of Castro); Bernal Heights; the Mission; Mission Dolores; Mission Bay; Central Waterfront. If the sun is shining, it'll be shining in these areas.
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Noevalleyjim, , Noe Valley, San Francisco, CA
Thu Nov 8, 2007
The warmest and sunniest part of The City is definitely Hunter's Point.
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Mark Choey, Agent, San Francisco, CA
Wed Oct 31, 2007
rule of thumb: get as far east as possible! So that means South Beach, Rincon Hill, Potrero Hill, Mission Bay, Central Waterfront, SOMA... Mission Dolores being tucked into a little valley seems to be quite popular weather wise...but I usually hear the North Side of Potrero Hill!
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Nathan, , San Francisco, CA
Thu Jun 14, 2007
basically, the valleys outside the fog ingress (think 2nd tier valleys) are warmest because heat is reflected by surronding hill/mountains during the day to ward off fog. it's basically sucked in from the coast by the central valley.
check out a topographic map (check the USGS website; they should have some or a link). a biking map (available a sundry spots around the city) might provide this data, as well.
basically, dolores park area, mission (but not too low, like past 30th) are warmer than the rest of the city.
however, some neighborhoods don't match the rest of the area. for instance, the inner sunset isn't as foggy/cold as further westward, but still considered "foggy" by most people. i lived in the presidio and it's quite windy (can also hear the foghorns all night), but usually sunnier than one might expect. i would jog along crissy field very often.
i can drive to my boyfriends house in bernal heights from the UCSF area and go through 2-3 breaks in fog (and then re-immersion, especially twin peaks) to finally emerge on his sunny "south-side of bernal hill but above cortland" spot. the wind comes up around 3 pm (i work in marin and see the fog drifting over the headlands toward the 101 almost every day), but doesn't always reach every (his) area unless a storm system is making its way in. he has lots of clear nights, too, which is weird.
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Stephan, Home Buyer, San Francisco, CA
Thu May 3, 2007
south beach is also another good choice. i think you can tell my the feedback that the eastern part of the city is better, less windy and less foggy.
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Derek Zoolan…, Landlord, Thousand Oaks, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
The key is to stay away from the western coast (Sea Cliff, Outer Richmond, Outer Sunset). These places have great views when it is clear, but they get more than their share of fog.
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Megan, , San Francisco, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Marina has almost perfect weather, if you ask me. I like to run in the evening, which makes the Marina the best spot; since it is right by the bay it's always a little chilly to keep me moving. It's usually very sunny. The only down side is that the bay makes it cold to hang out by when the weather is great.
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Sasha, , San Francisco, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Before i moved into the city, i thought that San Francisco has perpetual fog and never ending rain, but it turns out that the weather is pretty nice most of the time, especially, in the central part of the city, as well as Marina, South Beach and SoMa.
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Heather Fern…, Home Owner, San Francisco, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
Definitely Potrero Hill & the Mission. SOMA is good too, but the newly built lofts block all the beautiful sunlight!
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Jamie Glenn, , San Mateo, CA
Mon Apr 23, 2007
I think SOMA has some of the best weather in the city.
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