YAY! September is summer time for San Francisco, but don’t expect to dress like the guy in the picture, or if you do don’t expect to stay that way for too long. Depending on what type of a year we’ve had summer can start around the last two weeks of August and can continue on to the first two weeks of November, but we’re definitely feeling some nice weather now.
Something you need to know if you’re not from around here is that when you get up in the morning, it’s usually foggy if you’re out in the Sunset or Richmond districts. That doesn’t tell you what the day will be like, because I woke up yesterday and couldn’t see a block away at 8am, but by noon it was sunny and bright. Now if you get up in the morning and it’s sunny in the Sunset or Richmond that means you’re going to have a pretty warm day.
Currently our foggy mornings and sunny afternoons mean we can get up into the 70’s out here. If you want to feel the heat from more than the salsa then you need to go over to the Mission district. I lived there for six years and I think I only owned 2 long sleeved shirts which I only wore to visit my parents out in the Sunset district.
So here’s how you need to dress in the “outside lands”. Layers! When you leave the house in the morning for work you should have a t-shirt, sweatshirt and a jacket. When you get to work downtown or anywhere east of Twin peaks you’ll take the jacket off. By noon the sweatshirt comes off and then around 3-4pm you reverse the procedure and start putting the clothes back on. Now with the advent of global warming it’s not always like that, but you still need something to take off when you hit a warm part of the city. Keep in mind that while downtown is warm it does pick up a lot of wind in the afternoon so you’ll only feel the heat in a windless enclosed courtyard like area.
For me, I’ve always like Sunset district weather. I don’t get depressed by fog, I get depressed by the bright glaring sun in my eyes. I think when I went to Hawaii I was wearing my sunglasses at night it was so bright there. For me a couple of hours of flashy sun is enough for me.