Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: San Francisco is not nearly as warm as many people think, especially summers can be cooler, more windy and foggy than you'd expect. Bring layered clothing, a parka, a warm sweater will come very very handy. Forget about shorts, except on a sunny midday. Don't forget comfortable walking shoes for climbing those hills!
* The secret to clothing ones self in San Francisco is to wear layered clothing. The temperature can be such that (in the winter at least) it can be pretty warm (brave teeshirt weather) and then get very cool you feel like wearing a fleece.
* A scarf is a must
* You will look silly with gloves (I think!)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Please understand, S.F. is not like L.A. or the TV show, Baywatch. Yes we have nice weather, but we also have fog, and rain. the basic rule of thumb for S.F. is layers. Yes even in the summer. the summer months can be some of the foggiest. At the very least bring a jacket. but please don't show up with only your shorts and tank tops, unless you think your skin is becoming covered in goosepimples.
The thing that gets most people, is our weather...
It doesn't snow during the winter months, but that's not the problem.
Summer months, tend to catch 1st time visitors to San Francisco, off guard.
It's not warm, compared to the rest of The World, during the Traditional Summer Months, of this hemisphere. There are several options:
visit during the months when the weather is warmer...
or carry a shoulder bag of some type. Depending, and this is generally speaking, because there are exceptions to the SF WEATHER RULE...depending on the time of day that you leave your abode, you may find that you'll layer on/off about 3 times
per day. San Francisco, like Rome, is built upon 7 main hills...We have hills, with serious degrees of incline/decline for your @#$...
Leave the CUTE/FLY shoes in the hotel room, do your DOGS a righteous favour, and wear the most comfy pair of kicks you own. If VANITY, or STYLE is an issue, reach into that shoulder bag I suggested, pull out the CUTE/FLY Footwear, once you reach your destination and then make a change. Like most places in the world, our weather is constantly evolving...this statement however is based on the weather patterns since I moved here in April 1981:
December, January, & Febuary are colder (not like NYC) and rainy...
End of Febuary, March things start to warm, and usually the rain has stopped...
April and May are generally The Bomb, at least to me...lots of temporate days
June and July are notorious for The San Francisco Fog...Our Natural Bulit In Air Conditioner. It's No Joke.
If you live here, no big deal...but to the unexpected visitor, armed with shorts and a polo shirt, let's just say...THE PAIN, oh THE PAIN !
Even if the day starts out to be gorgeous, you better layer on/off, carry the bag, or pay the price. Like clock work, between the hours of 3pm/15:00, and 4pm/16:00 the fog and
wind roll in...right around the same time, the temperature starts to drop. Not a very nice thing, considering that it might be June 15th, and you just left YOUR TOWN/CITY,
where the temperatures were somewhere between 25.5/78 to 35/95 degrees celsius/fahrenheit on average...
Middle of August, September, & October, are historically when SF Summers start
November is the Wild Card Month, meaning, if we're having a great year weather wise, November can and has been nice. Likewise if the weather all year has been off, and not consistant during that year, November tends to be so so as well...
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Travelling from a mild but nevertheless southern hemisphere Winter, I expected to be enjoying a Californian Summer.....this did not eventuate. One thing that I learnt on this trip is that you should never expect it to be warm and sunny in San Francisco - always be sure to pack some warm clothes. Luckily I was able to get out of the Bay area for a weekend and experienced a very hot Californian Summer and went swimming - yay!!!
Take layers. The weather is usually around 60 in the day and can get warmer, but after 3pm it gets windy. Bring a wind breaker and a sweatshirt and you never know if it will rain, so be prepared.
Miscellaneous: If you wear shorts you will be laughed it. Only tourist wear shorts It's only warm enough for shorts a few days a year since it cools down in the afternoon and evening.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack all your autumn clothes! Even being there in August we could see people dressed in coats (and we understood why by sunset that first day). It gets cold at night and hot by day (if you are lucky not to hit a foggy day). With all the changes of clothes from shorts to heavy sweaters within one day, we called it 'The Layer Holiday'
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: dress in layers, because SF weather is moderate but somewhat unpredictable....ie, it was 65 degrees and sunny a week ago (december)but for gods sake don't dress all dumpy and sloppy. SF locals dress casual, for sure, but that doesn't mean SLOPPY. and don't bother with a bathing suit, because while sf has many beaches the water is FREEZING. the beaches here suck, they are dirty and gross.
A few layers of clothing so that you can shed some if you get to hot.September is a good time to visit as most of the tourists have gone and so has the FOG.
A good pair of walking shoes you see more on foot
I rcommend you wear layers of clothes. The weather is Quite unpredictable for example Friday was pouring with rain-the day we wisely went to Alcatraz- and Saturday was glorious sunshine-the baseball game above.Yes my hair is soaking wet:o)
Photo Equipment: If you come from europe bring everything you need for your video camera as america uses a different format
Miscellaneous: Bring a rainjacket Iain did'nt listen to me and had to buy one.
Luggage and bags: If you go to the Golden Gate bridge and you want to go down town on the same day than dress in layers. There's a great differents in temperature.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In September you need more clothes than you think. San Francisco is in September could and foggy. USe a pullover and jacket too.