Monterey: Geography and Climate
Monterey is located on the Monterey Peninsula, which is 120 miles south of San Francisco, 60 miles south of San Jose, and 345 miles north of Los Angeles. The peninsula is bordered by Monterey Bay to the north, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Carmel Bay to the south.
Although characterized by cool, dry summers and wet winters, the regions of Monterey County exhibit considerable climatic diversity. The warmest months are July through October, and the rainiest are November and April. Summer months often can be foggy, especially early and late in the day, due to the chilly and unchanging water temperatures of the Pacific Ocean.
Area: 8.44 square miles (2000)
Elevation: 10 feet above sea level
Average Temperatures: January, 53° F; July, 60° F; annual average, 57° F
Average Annual Precipitation: 19.29 inches
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