The weather in Orlando is often said to be divided into two seasons: hot and hotter. Florida isn’t known as The Sunshine State for nothing! While the subtropical climate in America’s southernmost state is certainly a lot warmer than most of the rest of the country, it still has four distinct season, including warms springs and falls, hot summers and cool winters. The peak seasons for tourist arrivals in Orlando are dictated by school and work schedules but, if you have a bit of flexibility, there are better times to visit when you will have more bearable weather and shorter queues at the major attractions. While picking your time carefully is certainly important for having a really memorable trip, the common saying in Florida is that, if you don’t like the weather right now, wait a minute and it’ll change.
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Best Time to Go to Orlando
The best time to visit Orlando is from mid-September to early-November. During this admittedly quite brief time, the temperatures are down from their summer highs of 90°F (32°C) into a more comfortable range around 75°F (24°C). The daily thunderstorms which started around mid-June begin to taper off in September and the humidity reduces. Most significantly, this is well after the school holidays peak, meaning that the city and its hotels are less crowded. Alternatively, the spring weather of late-April to early-June offers roughly the same temperatures as the autumn with similarly low rainfall. The big difference in conditions is the lower humidity, which drops to an average of 49 per cent compared to 60 per cent in summer and 56 per cent in the fall. If you book your holiday in May, you will also dodge the spring break crowds of March and April as well as the Atlantic hurricane season from June to November.
Hottest Time in Orlando
The weather in Orlando is at its hottest from mid-June to mid-September. Temperatures average as high as 82°F (27°C) in August, with night time lows rarely dropping below 72°F (22°C). Afternoon thunderstorms occur on a daily basis which, while providing a welcome relief from the heat, can be quite violent. The Atlantic hurricane season occurs during Orlando's long summer. On average, each season creates 10 powerful storms, with six of them becoming hurricanes. These mostly turn south and miss Orlando, but the risk is still there. It is best to keep one eye on the local news, just in case.
There are two times every year when Orlando is really busy with tourists. With Florida being among the top destinations for domestic tourism in mainland America and with Orlando having so many great attractions for families, these two peaks coincide with the school holidays – spring break in March and April and the summer vacation from June to September. The summer vacation, as the name suggests, coincides with Orlando’s hot summer, with high temperatures and humidity and daily thunderstorms. Conditions are much more comfortable during spring break, with temperatures rising up from their winter lows to reach around 70°F (21°C). Rainfall and humidity are also both low, which can result in small brush fires on the outskirts of the city.
It could be said that Orlando’s low season is any time of the year which is not a school holiday since these are the times when the tourist numbers (and, as a result, hotel prices) are at their lowest. This is particularly true during the winter months from November to March. Temperatures drop as far as 48°F (8°C) and, every few years, will go even lower. While the winter is notable for having the lowest rainfall during the year, it can sometimes come with snow and sleet, making it advisable to bring a few warm clothes. This is the exception rather than the rule, however, and Florida deserves its reputation as a year-round paradise. The average temperature over the whole period is rarely lower than 60°F (15°C).
Weather in Orlando Month by Month
The weather in Orlando in January is at its chilliest, officially starting the low-season for tourism. Temperatures average at about 15.7°C (60.3°F), falling between 7°C and 12°C (45°F-54°F) once the sun sets. January is also one of the driest months of the year with an average precipitation of 57 mm. Rainstorms will usually take place in the late afternoon some 10 to 12 days out of the month. Sunshine averages 7 hours per day, making January nights some of the longest in the year. Locals will usually be bundled up during this time, but travelers looking to escape much colder locations will find the temperature ideal for visiting this popular destination. Humidity in Orlando at this time hovers at around 73%, starting out high during the morning time and dropping considerably at night. Nearby beaches see an average ocean temperature of 23°C (73°F), allowing for comfortable surfing and boating outings.
The weather in Orlando in February is fairly cool, with temperatures averaging about 17°C (63°F). Although mid-winter, the temperatures rise gradually throughout the day starting at an average of 11°C (51°F) and going up to 22°C (72°F) by mid-afternoon. As in often the case in Orlando, chances of rain can be expected 10-15 days out of the month. The average amount of rainfall in February averages 82 mm, with thunderstorms usually occurring in the afternoon, between 14:00 and 16:00. February is a great time to visit the Orlando theme parks, as the weather is relatively comfortable and tourism is at an all-time low. It is also one of the least humid months of the year. Typical humidity for February is around 71%, while sunshine averages 8 hours per day. This type of weather makes February ideal for visitors wanting to visit the city without the scorching heat that Florida summers bring about.
The weather in Orlando in March is relatively comfortable, as it marks the beginning of spring. March is considerably warmer than the previous two months, with temperatures averaging about 25°C (78°F) during the day and dropping down to 12°C (54°F) during the night. March is also the first month out of the year to see plenty of rains, with an average precipitation of 92 mm. Rainstorms are fairly short, lasting about 20 minutes or so, and usually take place in the late-afternoon. Sunshine averages 9 hours per day, while the humidity averages at around 71%. The pleasant March weather brings many vacationers to Orlando, officially beginning the high-season for tourism. The warmer ocean temperatures of 25°C to 27°C (77°F-80°F) make it ideal for visitors wanting to spend their spring break or Easter holidays at the beach.
The weather in Orlando in April is warm and sunny, with temperatures ranging from 28°C to 30°C (83°F-86°F). Nights are quite warm as well, usually averaging a temperature of 20°C (68°F). April is one of the driest months of the year in Orlando, with normal precipitation staying below 61 mm. Because the month of April is not part of Florida’s rainy season, thunderstorms are expected to be quite short when they do occur. Daily chances of rain average at 33% on 8 to 10 days out of the month. Humidity is also at its lowest during this month, with the second and third weeks of the month being some of the driest of the year. Sunshine lasts about 10 hours per day, giving you plenty of time to do all the activities the city has to offer. The warm temperatures are dry weather are ideal for visitors wanting to explore Orlando before the summer heat.
The weather in Orlando in May is very warm, with the daily temperature averaging at around 25°C (77°F). The rainy season is officially underway, with precipitation levels of up to 84 mm per month. Rain is expected 10-12 days and chances of a cloudy day are at around 17%. Daily temperatures usually peak at around 14:00, rising to 31°C (88°F). The surrounding ocean temperatures increase to about 26°C (79°F) during this time as well. This makes May ideal for visiting the famous Florida beaches just a short drive away. Historically, the month of May has brought heavy thunderstorms towards the end of the month. Sunshine lasts 10 hours per day during the month of May, and sunset usually takes place at around 20:15. Temperatures throughout May in Orlando drop to about 20°C (68°F), making for some very comfortable Florida nights.
The weather in Orlando in May is very hot and humid, as it marks the beginning of summer. High temperatures can reach up to 32°C (90°F) in some areas, with average temperatures remaining at about 27°C (81°F). Nights are very warm as well, averaging 22°C (71°F). May is a very damp month in Orlando, with precipitation levels of just over 170 mm. Mid-afternoon thunderstorms are expected between 22 and 25 days out of the month, often between 15:00 and 18:00. June 1st also marks the beginning of hurricane season in Florida, bringing with it the possibility of heavy thunderstorms. Humidity is high during the month of June, with percentages as high as 90% during the morning time. The late sunset and warm ocean temperatures of 28°C (83°F) often attract large crowds to the surrounding beaches. Sunshine averages 11 hours per day during the month of June, so there’s plenty of time to check out everything the bustling city has to offer.
The weather in Orlando in July is some of the hottest of the year, drawing large crowds to the famous Orlando theme parks and attractions. Temperatures average 28°C (83°F), with scorching temperatures reaching up to 34°C (94°F) during midday. Hurricane season is well under way during the month of July in Orlando, bringing with it some heavy thunderstorms in the late afternoon. Rainfall averages 196 mm with expectancy of rain 23-25 days out of the month. Storms are usually short-lived, lasting about 30 minutes at most. Ocean temperatures are also at their warmest. Beachgoers will usually experience water temperatures of 29°C (84°F) during mid-day. Sun protection and constant hydration is extremely recommended during the month of July, as the heat will sometimes be hard to adapt to for visitors who are not accustomed to it. Humidity is also high in Orlando during this time, reaching levels of up to 91%. Although extremely hot at times, the summer weather is ideal for visitors wanting to check out the various water theme parks Orlando has to offer such as Aquatica, Wet n’ Wild and Typhoon Lagoon.
The weather in Orlando in August is characterized by high humidity and strong thunderstorms. Temperatures range anywhere from 23°C (73°F) to 33°C (91°F), with the average daily temperature hanging at around 28°C (82°F). August is peak-time for hurricanes, historically averaging the largest amount of tropical storms for the whole year. Rainfall averages 171 mm over a span of 24-26 days, making for some very tropical-like weather. As it is still rainy season, thunderstorms are likely but usually subside within the half hour. Humidity levels of around 95% are expected during the morning-time. August is a busy travel month for Orlando, with visitors from all over the world taking advantage of the warm weather to visit both the beaches and the theme parks. Indoor attractions such as shopping malls are also very popular amongst tourists during this time, given the high temperatures and likely chance of rain.
The weather in Orlando in September is very comfortable, as the city is starting to cool down from the scorching summer months. Although still warm, humidity levels aren't quite as strong. The daily average temperature is around 27°C (81°F), with highs of 30°C (86°F) and lows of 22°C (72°F). Rainfall is quite common and the risk of hurricanes is still very plausible. Thunderstorms take place an average of 20 days in September, bringing 160 mm of rainfall for the month. These usually happen mid-afternoon and cease within the half hour. The pleasant September weather and reduced amount of visitors at the theme parks makes for an ideal vacation to Orlando. Ocean temperatures average at 29°C (84°F) during this time of year and the sun starts to set at around 19:40, allowing for some great beach outings as well.
The weather in Orlando in October is cool and refreshing, with an average temperature of 24°C (75°F). The start of autumn brings a change in climate to the city from the preceding tropical summer months. Temperatures rise to 29°C (84°F) during peak-time and can be as low as 18°C (65°F) during the night. Rainfall is expected an average of 13 days, totaling at 86 mm for the entire month. The 75% humidity levels are also quite bearable during this time of the year. October is outside of the hurricane and rain season, so chances of extreme weather conditions are far less likely than they were during the summer. There is an average of 8 hours of sunshine every day, with sunset occurring at around 18:55. October is also quite slow for tourism, so the ideal weather and short wait times make theme park outings much more enjoyable.
The weather in Orlando in November is fairly chilly, with temperatures fluctuating between 14°C (57°F) and 25°C (78°F). The average daily temperature for a typical November day is around 20°C (68°F), allowing for comfortable theme park outing and exploration tours. Chances of rain are at their lowest in November – just 48 mm for the entire month. These usually spread out over an average of nine days out of the month. Humidity also drops significantly at levels of just 56%. November is a popular month for outside activities such as golfing, boating and fishing because of the relatively calm weather. The sun sets at around 17:45, allowing for 8 warm hours of sunshine per day. The weather in November is quite favorable for those wanting to escape the bitter cold at home, so Orlando is a very popular winter holiday destination during this time.
The weather in Orlando in December is some of the coldest of the year, averaging at about 17°C (62°F). Although it does not snow in Orlando, the temperature can often drop to about 8°C (47°F) during the night time. Orlando is quite dry during this time of the year, with rainfall averaging 52 mm over a span of 8 days on average and humidity levels hovering around 60%. When it does rain, the storms usually take place in the mid-afternoon and are typically done within the half hour. The comfortable winter temperature and holiday vacations often bring large amounts of visitors to Orlando. December is the second busiest time for tourism in Orlando, after the summer months. Sunshine averages 7 hours per day, with the sunset taking place at around 17:35. Warmer clothes are recommended for chilly morning and evenings, when theme parks typically hold their holiday celebrations.