Weather & Climate
It Sure Is Hot Around Here!
Being in the Sunshine State, one of Orlando’s biggest draws is our year round sunny weather!
It's often said that the weather in Orlando is divided into 2 seasons... hot and hotter and coming from the cold and damp UK, we can sure agree with this . Florida isn’t known as The Sunshine State for no reason!
While the subtropical climate is certainly a lot warmer than most of the rest of the country, it still has 4 distinct seasons, including warms springs and autumns, hot summers and cool winters.
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Central Florida has a humid subtropical climate and coming from a colder climate, we love it!
The area gets an average of 51 inches of rain every year ( the average in the U.S. is 37 inches per year ).
We have a rainy season from May through October, so you'll need an umbrella at that time of year
although most storms only last an hour or so and are usually around mid afternoon..
The other months of the year are essentially the dry season this is when the sky is blue with a lot of sunshine.
Temperatures are moderate all year, with summer the least comfortable because of high heat and humidity.
As spring approaches, Orlando temperatures start to warm up. Though still on the pleasant side, rainfall starts to increase and humidity falls slightly. Additionally, the seasonal "snowbirds" begin their flight north and spring break season begins, which brings an influx of tourists to the region.
Springtime average temperatures tend to stay pretty warm, both highs and lows. Average highs range from 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees Celsius) in March to around 88 F (31 C) in May, with average lows running from 57 F (13 C) in March to 69 F (19 C) in May.
Precipitation in March and May runs over 3 inches; in April, the rain lets up a bit, with the average 2 inches.
When traveling to the Orlando area, it's a good idea to pack for extremely high temperatures in any season but winter, but rain jackets, ponchos, and umbrellas are also a must for your suitcase in the spring.
Summer comes in with a bang to the Orlando area. Once June hits, you can expect temperatures will climb into above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) in the afternoon, and record highs oftentimes touch 100 F (38 C). However, evenings can be on the pleasant side, with nighttime lows nearing 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees Celsius), and if it's a cool period, temperatures can get as cool as 50 F (10 C) in June and mid-60s F (18 C) in the other two summer months.
Humidity runs around 60 percent during this season, which increases the steamy effect. June is the start of hurricane season, so you should be aware of the possibility of a sudden tropical storm during your trip. As a result, summer weather can be unpredictable—from weeks without a drop of rain to an ongoing deluge that seems to have no end in sight. Overall, though, rainfall averages around 20 inches in all three summer months, with each month receiving upward of 15 days of wet weather.
If you are traveling to Orlando in the summer, pack lightweight clothing and items to protect you from the sun and rain; however, a raincoat is a better idea than an umbrella since tropical storms are often accompanied by high winds. Additionally, if you spend any amount of time outdoors, be sure to put on sunscreen.
During September, October, and November, the rest of the country is experiencing the cool, crisp days of autumn, but in the Orlando area, summer continues on with high temperatures and the highest humidity of the year.
Throughout the fall season, the highs begin to plummet, from an average close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius) in September to 78 F (26 C) in November. Lows drop similarly, from an average of 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) in September to 59 F (15 C) by November.
September is generally Florida's peak time for hurricane season, and average precipitation that month is similar to the summer months at about 6 inches. Precipitation levels fall dramatically in October, to an average of a little over 3 inches and continue in that direction in November, when the average rainfall is about 2.4 inches.
On any given day it can be hot enough for a day at the beach or cool enough for a lightweight jacket, but it is still recommended that you use sunscreen when outdoors. You should be fine on your trip if you bring a variety of shorts, pants, short and long-sleeved shirts, and a few sweaters that you can layer depending on the temperature.
The winter months of December, January, and February generally provide the most pleasant temperatures in the Orlando area, humidity can still be on the higher side but rainfall is at a minimum.
This is the time of the year when the snowbirds of the north, ready for a break from cold dreary days, visit Florida.
Average high temperatures hover near 73 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius), with average lows around 50 F (10 C). Average precipitation ranges from about 2 to 3 inches each month.
Since high and low temperatures can vary a good bit in either direction, you should check the forecast before you leave for your trip to better plan your luggage. If you are traveling to the Orlando area in the winter, it's always a good idea to pack a light jacket, but you should also be fine in pants and a long-sleeved shirt or sweater.
Although a major hurricane hasn't hit the city of Orlando directly in several decades, tropical storms caused by the Atlantic Hurricane Season often bring a deluge of wet and windy weather to the region.
Hurricane season runs from June through November for much of Florida, which can put an unexpected damper on travel plans during the busy summer and fall tourist seasons. However, if you adhere to severe thunderstorm safety guidelines and stay tuned for the latest hurricane information for Orlando during your trip, you should be able to avoid a major disaster on your vacation.
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Florida Weather Myths
Sunny Florida... there’s no denying it's called the Sunshine State for a reason, but Florida weather doesn’t always mean clear blue skies, we get rain, oh yeah we sure do and, a lot of rain too, but don't worry...
It rolls in and rolls out just as quick as it starts, so let's get started and debunk those weather myths!
Florida Has No Seasons
Because of its geographic location, Florida’s weather isn’t divided into the traditional Winter, Spring, Summer,
and Fall seasons, it does, however, have two distinct seasons of its own: wet and dry.
Wet season runs from late May through October, Florida’s wet season brings about 68% of the state’s total rainfall for the year. Showers and thunderstorms happen frequently, if not daily, and humidity levels peak.
Dry season is November to April and brings significantly less humidity, reduced precipitation, more predictable weather that’s less storm-prone.
Regardless of the season, keep a close watch on the forecast, downloading a storm-tracking app to get the latest info on weather that may affect your itinerary.
Flip Flops And Bikinis Is All I Need
Florida’s weather can be very unpredictable, one minute you’re on the beach working on your tan, the next you’re running for cover from heavy rain. That’s why it’s a good idea to come prepared for whatever mother nature decides to throw your way while your in town.
Make sure you bring some closed-toe shoes, an umbrella, long pants and a poncho! Oh and remember, temperatures can dip pretty low in the cooler months, so grab that hoodie.
In the summer months, the sun is very strong, so don’t skimp on the sunscreen!!
I Only Need To Keep An Eye On Hurricanes
Yes, Florida is susceptible to hurricanes and it's definetly something you need to keep an eye on if your visitIng during hurricane season.
Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30.
But, as we've mentioned already, Florida's climate can produce severe thunderstorms. The National Weather Service recommends steering clear of bodies of water, trees, or metallic objects, and staying indoors for at least 30 minutes after hearing thunder.
Florida’s climate also makes tornadoes possible. You should check forecasts often if you’re visiting during the summer months. So..... just like any tropical climate, Florida’s weather unpredictability is just part of the charm.
But with a little preparation, you can plan for theme park visits, water park fun, exploring, the most gorgeous pink sunsets, and piña coladas under warm Floida sunshine!