The Best Time to Visit Florida

The Climate in Florida

The US state of Florida is located in the southeast of the US and consists of peninsular Florida and the mainland Florida Panhandle. On the east coast of Florida lies beside the Atlantic ocean and on the west and south, you can find the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. The surrounding bodies of water influence the climate in Florida. It tends to be warmer on the Atlantic coast, with a warm to mild climate throughout the year. Thats where the state gets its nickname, the sunshine state. Meteorologists tend to divide Florida into two climatic zones: north and south. In the northwest (Tallahassee) and central Florida (Orlando), the climate is subtropical and humid. In the south (Miami, Florida Keys) there is a tropical humid climate. The dryest season is in spring. During the summer months, the rainy season prevails in Florida and it sometimes results in violent hurricanes. Below, you can find out what is the best time to visit Florida, how the climate differs depending on the time of year and get some information about the rainy season and hurricanes.

Climate Table for Florida

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oc Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 21 23 25 27 30 32 33 32 31 30 26 24
Min. Temperature in °C 10 11 14 16 20 23 23 23 22 18 14 12
Hours of Sunshine  per Day 7 7 9 10 10 9 8 8 7 7 6 6
Water Temperature in °C 21 20 21 23 25 27 28 29 28 26 24 22
Rainy Days per Month 5 6 5 3 5 10 13 14 10 5 4 5

Overview


The Best Time to Visit Florida

As the name, the Sunshine State might suggest, the sun shines year round. On average the temperatures tend to be at their highest during the summer at around 30 degrees Celsius in the daytime. However, the only downside to this is that it rains the most during these months and can often have high winds. Therefore the best time to visit Florida is from the end of November to mid-May. With average temperatures of between 20-25 degrees and a very low rainfall, you can get a great Florida holiday in the Autumn, Winter and Spring. Depending on the overall climatic zone, there are very few differences between the average temperatures throughout the year. Therefore I will divide the state up into three and give you climate information on the North, Centre and South of Florida respectively. Find out when is the best time to head off to the beautiful Miami Beach and what time of year a trip to Orlando makes the most sense.

 

The Best Months to Visit Florida at a Glance:

  • November: 26°C, 6h of Sunshine, 24°C Water Temperature, 4 Rainy Days
  • December: 24°C, 6h of Sunshine,22°C Water Temperature, 5 Rainy Days
  • January: 21°C, 7h of Sunshine, 21°C Water Temperature, 5 Rainy Days
  • February: 23°C, 7h of Sunshine, 20°C Water Temperature, 6 Rainy Days
  • March: 25°C, 9h of Sunshine, 21°C Water Temperature, 5 Rainy Days
  • April: 27°C, 10h of Sunshine, 23°C Water Temperature, 3 Rainy Days
  • May: 30°C, 10h of Sunshine, 25°C Water Temperature, 5 Rainy Days

The Climate in Northern Florida: Pensacola, Tallahassee, Jacksonville

Climate Table for Jacksonville

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 18 20 23 27 30 32 33 33 31 27 23 19
Min. Temperature in °C 6 7 10 14 18 21 23 23 20 15 10 7
Hours of Sunshine per Day 6 7 8 9 10 8 8 8 6 7 6 6
Water Temperature in °C 17 17 18 20 23 26 29 30 29 27 24 20
Rainy Days per Month 7 7 7 6 7 11 13 12 14 11 6 7

 

The Best Time to Visit Northern Florida

Northern Florida has the Gulf of Mexico on the Northwest and the Atlantic ocean on its northeastern side. To the northwest, you can find Pensacola and the capital city of Florida, Tallahassee. In the northeast, you’ll find the most populated city of Jacksonville. While it is warm in the north all year round, the best time to visit tends to be from March to May. In the spring in the north, it rains relatively little and there no hurricanes. Average daily temperatures range from 23 degrees to 30 degrees which makes it the perfect time to travel. During the summer months of June, July, August and September, there are maximum temperatures of up to 33 degrees Celsius. With an average of around 12 rainy days, the rainfall is highest in Florida during the summer months. In the winter months, it remains relatively warm in Florida. In the coldest average month, you will find that the temperatures will get a comfortable 18 degrees. At night it can be a bit fresher with temperatures at an average of six to seven degrees.


The Climate in Central Florida: Orlando, Kissimmee

Climate Table for Orlando

Jan Feb Mrz Apr Mai Jun Jul Aug Sep Okt Nov Dez
Max. Temperature in °C 24 23 26 28 31 32 33 33 32 29 26 23
Min. Temperature in °C 9 10 13 15 19 22 23 23 22 19 14 11
Hours of Sunshine per day 6 7 8 10 10 9 9 8 8 7 7 6
Water temperature in °C / / / / / / / / / / / /
Rainy days per Month 6 7 7 4 7 13 12 12 10 6 6 6

 

The Best time to Visit Central Florida

Centrally located in the Sunshine State is the well-known city of Orlando. It is an extremely popular destination for tourists because of its many theme parks and excellent shopping. In my opinion, the best time to visit Orlando is the months of March, April, September and October. In the spring and Autumn, you can spend a few relaxing days in the centre of Florida. With an average of seven hours of sunshine per day and a temperature of 26 to 32 degrees, this is without a doubt the best time to travel. This kind of weather is suitable for the whole family. Another reason why this is one of the best travel times is that of the relatively little rain. significantly more rain falls during the summer months while the temperature continues to rise.

 


The Climate in Southern Florida: Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Keys

Climate Table for Miami

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 33 32 30 27 25
Min. Temperature in °C 15 15 18 19 22 23 25 25 24 22 19 16
Hours of Sunshine per Day 7 8 9 10 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 7
Water Temperature in °C 22 22 23 25 27 29 30 31 30 28 26 24
Rainy Days per Month 5 6 6 6 9 10 13 16 14 11 7 5

 

BThe Best Time to Visit Miami and Southern Florida

Miami in southern Florida is probably the most well-known city in the state. Located on the Bay of Biscayne, part of the Atlantic Ocean, Miami gives you fabulous beaches and which make it the perfect setting for an unforgettable beach holiday. Especially popular for beach bunnies is Miami Beach. The climate around Miami is tropical. The summers are humid and hot while the winters are dry and warm. Therefore the best time to travel to Miami is in the winter time. From November to April, you can get a really great beach holiday in Miami along with the other southern Cities of Florida, the weather conditions are perfect! From May to October, the rainy season prevails with an average of 14 rainy days per month. Additionally, during this time the hurricane season really takes hold which leads to a number of stormy gusts in Southern Florida. Therefore the summer season is considered the offseason in Miami and the winter season is actually considered the primary season. This, of course, is reflected in the cost of travel to Miami during this time. If you’re going on holiday to Miami you should really consider checking out the neighbouring city of Fort Lauderdale. Also known as the “Venice of America” this is a place where you can experience long stretches of beaches with magnificent views.

Climate Table for Key West

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max. Temperature in °C 24 25 26 28 30 31 32 32 31 29 26 25
Min. Temperature in °C 18 19 20 22 24 25 26 26 25 23 20 19
Hours of Sunshine Per Day 8 9 10 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 8 7
Water temperature in °C 24 24 24 25 26 27 29 30 29 28 27 25
Rainy Days per Month 6 6 5 6 7 9 8 9 13 12 9 6

 

Best time to Visit the Florida Keys

The islands at the southern end of Florida are called Keys. The most of famous of these are the Florida Keys, because they are connected by 42 bridges. The island chain ends with the town of Key West, which is particularly popular with beach holiday makers. The climate in the Florida Keys has more in common with the Caribbean than mainland Florida, but that’s not surprising really when you see just how close the keys are to the Caribbean! There’s only 140km between Key West and Cuba. The Gulf Stream brings warm water from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys, resulting in higher temperature averages and less rainfall compared to other places in Florida. Due to its location in the Atlantic Ocean, there are often hurricanes during the summer months, not to mention the fact that it’s also the rainy season there too – on average, it’ll rain 40% of the time from June until September. That’s why the best time to visit the Florida Key is in Autumn, Winter and Spring. Less rain and comfortable temperatures mean that you can enjoy a heavenly beach holiday in December, January, February, March, April and May.

The weather in Florida – about the danger of hurricanes

As you can see, the weather in Florida really does change depending on what climate zone you’re on. Generally speaking, you can expect warm weather all year round no matter where you are. Summer is the warmest season, but at the same time this is also the rainy season as well as hurricane season. I’ll explain to you what you can expect in Florida during their rainy season and of course the possibilities of hurricanes.

The rainy season in Florida – what you need to know

During the summer months of June to September, most areas of Florida will be experiencing their rainy season. Most of the rain generally falls in the afternoon and can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours. On particularly humid days you’ll also see storms rolling in, which bring a bit of cool air with them. Once the rain is over, the clouds disappear and the sun will show its face again. During the rainy season in Florida, temperatures stay tropical at around 30°C. This means that a holiday during the rainy season certainly is possible – and you’ll benefit from lower prices for flights, hotels and packages. There are also fewer tourists, meaning that you can enjoy the sights without putting up with heaving crowds. Of course, it’s always the luck of the cards – you could travel in the summer and not really encounter that much in terms on rain! But of course if you’re going to go on holiday to Florida during the summer, it’s still worth doing a bit of research about the weather conditions and the possible danger of hurricanes.

The hurricane season in Florida – what you need to know

The hurricane season in Florida officially lasts from the 1st June until the 30th November. Heavy rain fall, lightning and strong winds can sometimes lead to other adverse effects such as flooding or even damage to buildings. As a result you should take any weather warnings in place seriously.  The worst hurricanes to hit Florida in recent times were Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Harvey in 2015.

Peak hurricane season is from the beginning of August until the end of October. Hurricanes are formed out at sea by rising air currents and condensation. By the time they reach the mainland they will have already lost most of their energy, so they mostly feel like a particularly strong storm with heavy rainfall. Hurricanes aren’t created instantly either – they need a few days until they reach a point where they can become dangerous to us on the mainland. However loads of information is available to you – the National Hurricane Centre tracks hurricanes as they form and inform the population on the current situation. If the situation does become dangerous, local media channels will keep you up-to-date.

All hotels, restaurants and establishments in Florida are prepared for such a situation and they will help provide protection and shelter during a hurricane. During your holiday you should definitely keep an eye on local weather warnings. If a dangerous hurricane is approaching, you’ll have enough time to leave Florida and avoid being stranded somewhere unsafe.

The best time to Travel to Florida – my verdict

Clearly the best time to travel to Florida is from the end of November until mid-May. During this time there’s minimal rain and lovely temperatures – perfect for a holiday in Florida! However the prices during this time will be a bit more expensive. That’s why some also chose to go during the shoulder season in the summer. Of course, the increased rain and the hurricane danger is something to bear in mind, but don’t be afraid about being caught completely unexpected by a rogue storm. The National Hurricane Service can track any developments going on, meaning that you’ll be one step ahead of what’s going on. My advice to you is to just keep your eye on those weather conditions in Florida and you’ll be able to enjoy your dream holiday in Orlando, Miami or the Florida Keys to the max!

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