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Orlando's Weather

 

Orlando’s average annual temperature is a lovely 72.4 degrees. But as we’ve already noted, averages are deceptive. Here are the generally cited “average” figures for temperature and rainfall throughout the year:

High
Low
Rain
(Fahr.)
(Fahr.)
(In.)
January
71
49
2.3
February
73
50
2.8
March
78
55
3.2
April
83
59
1.8
May
88
66
3.6
June
91
72
7.3
July
92
73
7.3
August
92
73
6.8
September
90
73
6.0
October
85
66
2.4
November
79
58
2.3
December
73
51
2.2

(Source: Visit Florida)

Use these figures as general guidelines rather than guarantees. While the average monthly rainfall in January might be 2.3 inches over the course of many years, in 1994 there were 4.9 inches of rain that month and in 1996 almost 4 inches fell in the first two days alone. In June 2005, Orlando International Airport recorded 16.74 inches of rain, over twice the historic average. The same holds for temperatures, especially in the winter months. January of 1996 and 2001 saw lows dip into the twenties.

I find Orlando's weather most predictable in the summer when "hot, humid, in the low nineties, with a chance of afternoon thunderstorms" becomes something of a mantra for the TV weather report. Winter weather tends to be more unpredictable with "killer" freezes a possibility. I cannot, in good conscience, recommend a wintertime visit if you are planning on visiting Aquatica or Discovery Cove. Both parks are open year round and never lack for paying customers, but swimming on a chilly day presents challenges for most of us. The temperature is less a factor when visiting SeaWorld or Busch Gardens Tampa, although both parks have attractions that can get you very, very wet and that can be extremely uncomfortable in cold weather. As to those summer thunderstorms, they tend to be localized and mercifully brief (although occasionally quite intense) and needn't disrupt your touring schedule too much. Another thing to bear in mind is that June through September is hurricane season, with late August and early September the most likely time for severe weather.

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