Contrary to the conception that Southern California is sunny and warm all year-round, Riverside weather can actually be quite unpredictable. During the fall and winter, the rain comes and goes, with no regard for the sun being out or not. The cooler temperatures are a blessing, though, to out-of-town students who perhaps aren’t used to the heat. In spring and summer, temperatures soar to the 90s and 100s, thankfully with rare humidity.
All UCR buildings are equipped with air conditioning and central heating, which provide relief from the sometimes unbearable temperatures. Warm weather-lovers find Riverside wonderful in spring and summer, especially with its proximity to beach cities. The mountains, too, are not far away, for those who prefer the calmer seasons of fall and winter. Generally, mornings begin cool and heat up throughout the day. Layering clothes is the easiest method of dealing with erratic weather changes. Most students recommend having a light rain jacket and umbrella for random rains, and sunscreen for sudden bursts of sunlight. Essentially, students are pleased with the overall lack of violent weather and the near-constant Southern California sunshine.