Temecula /təˈmɛkjᵿlə/ is a city in southwestern Riverside County, California, with a population of 100,097 during the 2010 census and an estimated 2013 population of 106,780. It was incorporated on December 1, 1989. Temecula is bordered by the City of Murrieta to the north and the Pechanga Indian Reservation and San Diego County to the south. The City forms the southwestern anchor of the Inland Empire region.
The city is a prominent tourist destination, with the Temecula Valley Wine Country, Old Town, the Temecula Valley Polo Club, the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, the Temecula Valley International Film Festival, championship golf courses, and resort accommodations attracting a significant amount of tourists which appreciably contributes to the city’s economic profile. In addition to the tourism sector, the educational, healthcare, leisure, professional, finance, and retail sectors all contribute to the city’s economy as well.
Temecula has a Mediterranean climate (Köppen: CSa). August is typically the hottest month of the year with December being the coldest month. Most precipitation occurs from November to March with February being the wettest month. Winter storms generally bring moderate precipitation, but strong winter storms are not uncommon especially during “El Niño” years. The driest month is June. Annual precipitation is 14.14 inches. Morning marine layer is common during May and June. From July to September, The area experiences hot, dry weather with the occasional North American monsoonal flow that increases the humidity and brings isolated thunderstorms. Most of the storms tend to be short lived with little, if any rainfall. During late fall into winter, The valley experiences dry, windy north-eastern Santa Ana winds. Snowfall is rare, but The area has experienced traces of snowfall on occasion, some as recently as December 2014. A rare F1 tornado touched down in a neighborhood on February 19, 2005.
Temecula has 39 parks, 22 miles of trails and 11 major community facilities. In 2013, it was named a Bronze Level Bicycle Friendly Community and it was named a Playful City USA. The Pennypickle’s Workshop was a winner of Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Award for “Best Museum” and “Best Kids’ Party Place”.
Sports parks include the Ronald Reagan Sports Park (formerly named Rancho California Sports Park) and the Patricia H. Birdsall Sports Park.
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