June in Los Angeles: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

Locals know it's June in LA when the jacaranda trees bloom

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June in Los Angeles is purple, the color of the jacaranda trees that bloom all over the city — and it's also the time for gray when June Gloom fog rolls in at the beach.

You'll have about 14 hours of daylight per day to explore Los Angeles in June.

June's Big Holiday

In the United States, Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June. To find some fun ideas for good ol' Dad that are a lot more fun than buying him a tie, use our California Father's Day Guide.

Los Angeles Weather in June

Early summer brings the least clear skies during the year because of coastal fog, but you'll still get the sun more than half the time. With the rainy season over, there's little chance of precipitation. Evening fog comes in suddenly and can feel especially cold.

It happens less often than it did a couple of decades ago, but on bad days, the moisture in the air can mix with pollutants and turn into smog.

  • Average High Temperature: 77 F (25 C)
  • Average Low Temperature: 60 F (16 C)
  • Water Temperature: 62-64 F (17-18 C)
  • Rain & Clouds Index: 0.08 in (0.2 cm)
  • Sunshine: 80 percent
  • Daylight: June's long days last about 14 hours

Use the weather averages to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. A winter day could even be so warm you'll wish you packed your shorts. And - of course - check the forecast, too.

What to Pack

In June, Los Angeles beach areas are prone to lingering fog caused when the ocean's natural moist air stays inland. Called "June Gloom" for a reason, it can keep the sun at bay all day long. It keeps things chilly and damp, too - and you'll be glad you brought that extra layer if you're out in it. Don't think you can skip the sunscreen though: the burn causes UV rays to make it through all those clouds just fine. It can start as early as "May Gray," sometimes lingering into "No Sky July," or even extend to "Fogust." To find out more and what causes June Gloom, check out this guide.

If you’re going to the beach, you may want to wiggle those ten fine toes in the sand. But getting that sand off your feet and out of everything else you own can be hard. To make it easier, pack a little bit of baby powder or cornstarch to put into your day pack. Sprinkle it on your skin, and the sand will brush off much easier.

Even if the gloom is gone, pack a jacket for the evening near the water. Short-sleeved shirts and lightweight pants are fine most of the time and shorts are comfortable, especially away from the coast.

June Events in Los Angeles

  • Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl: The lineup of jazz greats at this jazz fest is outstanding — and a night at the Bowl is always fun.
  • Gay Pride CelebrationsThe biggest celebrations of the event happen in West Hollywood and include a parade.
  • Rodeo Drive Concours d'Elegance: One of the country's poshest collector car shows, it's held on Father's Day.
  • Hollywood Fringe Festival: It's an artistic free-for-all whose mission is to be a platform for artists without any barriers to participation. You can see all kinds of cutting-edge performing arts, including theater, comedy, and music.
  • Pasadena Chalk Festival: Unbelievable art right at your feet. Creations from talented artists of beautiful art made from chalk will stun you, and you'll never look at a box of chalk the same again.
  • Veuve Cliquot Polo Classic: Held at Will Rogers State Park, this fancy-schmancy event includes champagne and that classic sport: polo.
  • Last Remaining Seats: The L.A. Conservancy's annual series of classic films screens in the historic theaters of downtown Los Angeles. Some of these old movie houses are not open to the public, and the film festival may be the only way you'll get to see those elegant interiors from the golden age of movie-going.

Things to Do in June

  • Summer's warm days and balmy nights bring out a bunch of fun evening activities. You can go to a movie outdoors, see a play, go to a concert - or opt for some of LA's more unusual summer night activities.
  • March through August is time for something uniquely Southern California, the annual grunion run. Thousands of tiny, silver-colored fish spawn on the sand during the full moon (or the new one). See the schedule. At some Los Angeles beaches, "Grunion Greeters" are on hand to explain and help you get the most out of being there.
  • In LA, you can see whales nearly year-round: gray whales in winter and blue whales during the summer months. Find the best places to see them and when in the guides to Los Angeles whale watching and Orange County whale watching.

June Travel Tips

  • Any time of year. you can use these tips to be a smarter Los Angeles visitor who has more fun and puts up with fewer annoyances.
  • June, July, and August are the most expensive months to fly to Los Angeles. To save money on airfare, plan your trip in other months instead.
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