How’s the weather in Temecula?

Sure, it’s a nice place, but the weather is brutally hot. This is the way I so often hear the weather in Temecula described. Seems everywhere I go in Temecula, I hear people complaining about the weather.

These sorts of comments always befuddle me, because I think Temecula has a wonderful climate. Actually, I sometimes complain about the weather too —- not to describe Temecula, but Laguna Beach. Surprising? Well, I’m here to defend the weather of Temecula, which I think is close to perfect —- and I think the local grapes will agree.

We are lucky enough to have two homes: one in Laguna Beach and one in Temecula. Fact is, we have far more unbearably gloomy days at the beach than there are unbearably hot days in Temecula. Countless times during the years we have woken up in Laguna to May Gray, June Gloom, etc., and abandoned our beachside home in search of sunshine in good old Temecula. Take this year alone: In the 122 days from March through June, the beach (by my count) has had only about 12 full days of warmth and sun. Ugh! Yet nobody ever complains about beach weather. We try to escape to wonderful Temecula as often as possible, where the morning gloom usually burns off by mid-morning to reveal blue sky and temps in the 80s.

Then recently, abruptly, the beach fog disappeared and the weather turned downright hot. Think it’s hot right now in Temecula? Try living at the beach with no air conditioning. Inside our Temecula home, we turn on the A/C and spend the day in comfort, as opposed to sweltering at our Laguna Beach house, which heats up on recent days to become downright ovenlike.

So Temeculans, listen up: Sure, it gets hot some days in Temecula. That’s why they call it summer. But when it’s hot in Temecula, it’s usually hot most everywhere else in Southern California as well. And unlike many other inland spots, Temecula has the relative luxury of breezes flowing in through the passes.

So quit complaining, and enjoy your summer.

MIKE PETRIE lives in Temecula.

Posted in North County Times Commentary on Friday, July 23, 2010

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The name “Temecula” comes from the native Pechanga language where it means roughly “where the sun shines through the mist”. As realtors, we think of it as the “the sunny side of the marine layer”.