National Parks

Florida Weather

Florida has a semi-tropical climate. It becomes oppressively hot and humid during the months of June through August. Expect temperatures to exceed 90 degrees F (32 C) and humidity to hover near 100 percent. The most pleasant weather is usually found during winter months between December and March when temperatures are more likely around 75 degrees (25 C) and the humidity becomes bearable.

It rains nearly every day in most months (perhaps less during the winter), but the showers are generally short and the sun usually quickly reappears. Hurricane season lasts from August through late October. During these months, fierce tropical storms can bring dangerously high winds and inundating rainfalls.

Florida is the sunshine state and also the Thunderstorm and Lightning State. Due to the abundance of warm moist air from the Gulf of Mexico and the hot tropical sun, conditions are perfect for the formation of thunderstorms. Every year, many injuries and fatalities are caused by lightning strikes on Florida golf courses and beaches.

Month Average High Average Low Rainfall
  (F) (C) (F) (C) (in) (mm)
January 72 22 49 9 2 51
February 73 22 50 10 3 76
March 78 25 55 12 3 76
April 84 28 60 15 2 51
May 88 31 66 18 4 102
June 91 32 71 21 7 178
July 92 33 73 22 8 203
August 92 33 73 22 6 152
September 90 32 73 22 6 152
October 84 28 65 18 3 76
November 78 25 57 13 2 51
December 73 22 51 10 2 51

Nature has not endowed Florida with many mountains, rolling hills or panoramic vistas, as its terrain is rather flat. But it has gorgeous white sand beaches and blue lagoons lined with palm trees and tropical flora.

Thunderstorm © Marc-André Besel
Beautiful but dangerous, a severe thunderstorm erupts over the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida.

An archipelago of thousands of small islands, known as "the keys" stretch along coral reefs over 150 miles below the southern tip of Florida. It is possible to drive "over the ocean" on 42 bridges and causeways connecting the keys until you reach Key West 119 mile out on the Gulf of Mexico.

More than 1000 square miles of swampy grassland, known as the Everglades, cover the lower tip of the peninsula. It is teeming with tropical birds, animals and fishes.

Written by: Mike Leco
Top Photo Credit: © Brian Butler
Photo Description: Beautiful sunset along a Florida beach