A reader asks: As a first time buyer coming from the Mid-west, what areas in the City get the most fog? Is it foggy in San Francisco year-round?
Our reply: It is called the “fickle finger of fog” for a reason….. sometimes it cannot be predicted and comes and goes without explanation. For instance, last week we had fog and cold weather every night except on July 4th! That night it was perfectly clear, and fireworks could be seen all over the Bay area! Then the following night (and almost every night thereafter) the fog was back.
San Francisco’s foggiest months are June, July and August. However, that doesn’t mean it is foggy every day and is not usually foggy during the day all over the City. As we said before, it is unpredictable.
There are areas that are consistently foggier more often and longer during the day. Generally speaking those areas closest to the ocean (not the Bay) are colder and have more fog; neighborhoods such as Richmond, Sea Cliff, Lake St., Sunset, Golden Gate Heights, Parkside, St. Francis Wood, Monterey Heights, West Portal, Lakeshore, Stonestown, Merced Manor, Merced Heights, Lakeside, Ingleside Terrace, Ingleside, Oceanview, Balboa Terrace, Mt. Davidson Manor, Westwood Park/Highlands, Miraloma Park, Forest Hill & Extension, Diamond Heights, Midtown Terrace, Forest Knolls and Twin Peaks. Sounds like most of the City, doesn’t it??? Yet even within these districts there are “banana belts”– small areas where it gets warmer and the fog tends to clear more often or earlier in the day.
Going eastward there tends to be less fog and it clears earlier in the day. They warmest areas of the City tend to be the Mission, Noe Valley, Potrero Hill, South of Market and Mission Bay. The other areas are somewhere in between. Of course some days, expecially in July and August, the fog persists all day long all over the City and the tempertature stays in the high 50′s and low 60′s.
The good news is that when we have those heat waves where the temperatures reach the 80′s and 90′s we have the fog to look forward to — we like to call it “San Francisco air conditioning”!
- Janis Stone