Many of the questions we get at Maggie Clemens Real Estate from new buyers looking into La Mesa, Calif. as a place to live, have to do with climate, accessibility and geography. So, here are some facts about the place we call home:
La Mesa is bordered by the city of San Diego on the west and north, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove on the south, and El Cajon on the east. It includes the neighborhood of Grossmont. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.1 square miles, which is all land - and half a percent of water.
La Mesa is approximately 12 milies east of the Pacific Ocean. Because of this, La Mesa typically experiences more "extreme" temperatures than San Diego, which mostly lies significantly closer to the Pacific Ocean. La Mesa has a semi-arid steppe climate.
La Mesa typically has hot, dry summers and warm winters with most of the annual precipitation falling between November and March, with an annual average of about 13 inches. Summer temperatures are generally hot, with average highs of 78°F - 92°F and lows of 56°F - 68°F. Winter temperatures are warm, with average high temperatures of 66°F - 77°F and lows of 46°F - 58°F. The climate in San Diego county, like much of California, often varies significantly over short geographical distances resulting in microclimates. In San Diego's case, this is mainly due to the city's topography (the Bay, and the numerous hills, mountains, and canyons). Frequently, particularly during the "May gray/June gloom" period, a thick marine layer cloud cover will keep the air cool and damp within a few miles of the coast, but will yield to bright cloudless sunshine approximately 5–10 miles inland. This happens every year in May and June. Even in the absence of June gloom, inland areas tend to experience some what higher temperatures than areas closer to the coast.