Best Time to Visit Florida

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Florida. We created climate tables and charts for the locations of Miami, Jacksonville, Florida Keys und Tampa. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Florida for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 6 °C to 33 °C
Waves Symbol 14 °C to 31 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 1.149.33 in (3 – 15 Days of Rain)
Average Annual Temperature is between 20.3 °C (Jacksonville) and 26.8 °C (Florida Keys)
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Geographical location

Florida is a state on the east coast of the USA between the Atlantic Ocean (in the east) and the Gulf of Mexico (south and west). The area consists of the Florida Peninsula and the so-called Florida Panhandle on the mainland.

At its southern end, the peninsula flows into a chain of scattered islands, the so-called Florida Keys. This chain of islands is connected by more than 40 bridges and can therefore also be accessed by car. Key West is the southernmost point of the USA, from here it is only 90 miles to the coast of Cuba.

Around 18% of Florida’s total area (85000 miles²) consists of water, with the US states of Alabama and Georgia to the north.

For many years Florida has been one of the most popular travel destinations in the USA. Besides the Florida Keys, Miami Beach, the theme park metropolis Orlando, Saint Petersburg, Fort Lauderdale and the swamps of the Everglades are among the hotspots in Sunshine State. Capital of the state is Tallahassee.

Climate in Florida

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No wonder millions of visitors from home and abroad visit the sunny holiday resorts in the southeast of the United States every year. Nevertheless, the Florida climate can be divided into two different climate zones: The northwest of the state can be described as subtropical, in the remaining part a tropical-humid climate prevails. The north is therefore always a little cooler.

In summer Florida is occupied by the rainy season between May and September, which nevertheless brings up to 10 hours of sunshine a day and also has numerous days with the best weather to offer. However, temperatures in July and August reach muggy-hot peaks above 33 °C, and most precipitation falls in Florida between June and September.

Due to the special location of the peninsula, Florida can also be affected by tropical storms and hurricanes in summer. The greatest danger of these hurricanes lies in the period August to October. Extremely severe hurricanes are rare in Florida, but stronger winds and tropical storms with thunderstorms and heavy rain are more frequent in summer.

Best Time to Visit Florida: Overview

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When to go to Florida?


Basically, the state of Florida in the USA is worth a visit all year round. The so-called hurricane season (June to November) and the rainy season in summer lures with low prices and cannot be avoided at all. Again and again the sun shows up, many holidaymakers even remain completely spared from possible thunderstorms during a two-week journey.

Nevertheless, we naturally want to limit the risks for our readers in the best possible way. We therefore recommend the period from December to mid-May as the best travel season for Florida. Fantastic conditions for a bathing holiday exist, for example, in the month of April, which we would particularly like to recommend to you. The water temperatures are suitable for swimming all year round at a minimum of 22 °C (lowest value in January).

The fact that the rainy season is by no means a”no go” is also shown by the following fact: Most Americans visit Florida especially in summer, from May to September it is the absolute peak season. If you accept the increased risk of rain and storms, you can sunbathe on the well-attended beaches and enjoy your holidays on most days with water temperatures of up to 31 °C in summer.

Best Time to Visit the Regions

Find the best time to visit the regions (Florida) in the following overview.

LocationBest Time to Travel
MiamiJanuary, February, March, April, November, and December
JacksonvilleMarch, April, and May
Florida KeysJanuary, February, March, April, May, November, and December
TampaMarch, April, May, October, and November

Climate Charts Florida

In the following, you will find climate charts for the regions.

Furthermore, there are some charts you can use for quick comparison of climate between the regions.

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Miami

Climate Chart Miami
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Jacksonville

Climate Chart Jacksonville
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Florida Keys

Climate Chart Florida Keys
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Tampa

Climate Chart Tampa
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Day Temperatures

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Night Temperatures

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Average Temperatures

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Water Temperatures

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Precipitation

Hours of Sunshine per Day

Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Tables Florida

In the following, you will find some climate tables for Florida, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.
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Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Miami (Florida)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°25°26°28°30°31°32°32°31°29°27°25°
Night Temperature15°16°18°20°22°24°25°25°24°22°19°16°
Water Temperature22°22°23°25°28°30°31°31°30°28°25°23°
Precipitation (inch)2.012.092.42.836.229.335.717.67.645.632.681.85
Rainy days55559141315141175
Hours of Sunshine7891010101099877
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Miami is 24.4 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: August (28.2 °C)
Coldest month: January (19.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Miami is 31 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 55.98 inch on 108 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): June, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 24.57 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Miami.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, July is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.6 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Jacksonville (Florida)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature18°20°23°27°30°32°33°33°31°27°23°19°
Night Temperature10°14°18°21°23°23°21°16°10°
Water Temperature14°16°19°23°27°29°31°30°29°25°20°16°
Precipitation (inch)2.482.913.53.53.56.37.726.897.65.21.692.2
Rainy days7675710111211656
Hours of Sunshine678998886665
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Jacksonville is 20.3 °C.

Warmest month: July (28 °C)
Coldest month: January (11.6 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Jacksonville is 31 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all except January, February, and December

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
April, May, June, July, August, September, and October

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 53.5 inch on 93 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): July, August, and September
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 22.2 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Jacksonville.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 9.3 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 7.2 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Florida Keys

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature24°24°26°28°30°31°32°32°31°29°27°25°
Night Temperature21°21°23°25°27°28°29°29°29°27°24°22°
Water Temperature24°23°24°26°28°29°30°30°29°28°26°25°
Precipitation (inch)2.011.81.711.753.465.093.615.035.854.422.842.02
Rainy days55436981112855
Hours of Sunshine891011111111109888
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Florida Keys is 26.8 °C.

Warmest month: August (30.5 °C)
Coldest month: January (22.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Florida Keys is 30 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 39.59 inch on 81 rainy days

There is no rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation).

You cannot expect snow in any month in Florida Keys.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 9.4 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Tampa (Florida)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature21°22°25°28°31°32°32°32°32°29°25°22°
Night Temperature10°11°14°16°20°23°24°24°23°18°14°11°
Water Temperature21°20°21°23°25°27°28°29°28°26°24°22°
Precipitation (inch)1.993.083.011.153.15.486.587.615.982.021.772.15
Rainy days5653510131410545
Hours of Sunshine67910109987876
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Tampa is 22.4 °C.

Warmest month: July (28 °C)
Coldest month: January (15.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Tampa is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 17 °C (Limited bathing is possible):
all months

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all except February

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 43.92 inch on 85 rainy days

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): August
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 7.61 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Tampa.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, May is the sunniest month with an average of 10.1 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8 hours of sunshine per day on average.

Sights and Highlights


Florida is probably the most entertaining state in the United States and offers a wide range of activities for all tastes. From Disney Land, Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom in Orlando to the space shuttles in Cape Canaveral and the dream beaches in St. Petersburg, Miami Beach or the Florida Keys: The 27th US state is a real holiday paradise for young and old.

Nature lovers can explore the mysterious swamps of the Everglades and Big Cypress, for example, while film fans walk with big eyes through the Universal Studios. Motorsport fans marvel at the noisy hustle and bustle at the Daytona race track, bathers enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the world at Siesta Beach. Boredom? A word that there is no travel time in Florida!

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Miami (Station Coral Gables)
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Clouds: 75 %       Wind: 4 mph NO
Air Pressure: 1019 hPa       Humidity: 71 %
Last updated: 18th Nov 2018, 04:56 am
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USA: Regions

Florida is part of the holiday destination USA. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Florida: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 15 reviews for Florida holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Mario, 40 years old was there in May

    of 3 weeks were 2.5 weeks only sun, the rest with some hours of rainy weather a day

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Sophie, 26 years old was there in October

    We spent the first two weeks of October 2016 in Destin/Niceville and the surrounding area (on the Gulf Coast). The weather was fantastic, sunny throughout, at least 30 degrees during the day and still pleasantly warm even in the evening hours, so that one could sit outside without a jacket. Only one day we felt the effects of the hurricane that raged on the east coast (very cloudy and windy).

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Sophie, 26 years old was there in November

    Last week of October/First two weeks of November 2014: Sunny weather and 30 degrees in Miami and on the Keys. Above Orlando and on the Gulf Coast also bathing weather and very warm temperatures from 10 am (26-29 degrees). In the evening, however, it was cool and one needed a jacket. It hasn’t even rained in three weeks. One day it was very fresh on the Gulf Coast to Pensacola (approx. 17 degrees). A change was noticeable from October to November. The weather remained nice and pleasantly warm during the day, but early and in the evening it was noticeably cooler.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Uwe, 47 years old was there in May

    i was from mid may to mid june in florida.the further was super good, temperatures between 28 and 32 degrees and super pleasant climate

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Torsten, 46 years old was there in July

    In the mornings top, from 14/15h thunderstorms more often, but they often quickly went away again. Hot! Review for Cape Coral

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Gabi, 55 years old was there in May

    We have been there 3 times in May and 1 time in September. In May was clearly the better weather. Who it ever rained then only briefly and that dried also immediately again. We didn’t have a rainy day in 2014. In September 2015 it had rained continuously for 7 days and that was, if it was nevertheless warm, less beautiful. That’s why May is clearly our favorite month.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Heike , 49 years old was there in November

    The weather was mostly good in Nov – warm, but not humid. We had 3 weeks of sunshine at 28-30 degrees, but also 3 weeks 20-25 degrees with sun and rain.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Nathalie , 36 years old was there in November

    From 21 days we had 1 day of rain. The days always had 22-25 degrees with much sun and few clouds, only at night it was often really cold with 8-17 degrees.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Elke Klöting , 50 years old was there in January

    Temperatures 1 Climate1 Very pleasant, always sunshine, occasionally a little shower, usually towards early evening

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Vanessa, 25 years old was there in February

    Florida – the Sunshine State! That says it all. We had a lot of sun, except for 2 days. Unfortunately it was sometimes a bit too cold to take the shorts out of the suitcases. The further the tour led us north, the “cooler” it became. But even at 18 degrees and sunshine it is one of the most beautiful holiday destinations!

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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    Christopher Lermen, 30 years old was there in May

    Not quite so hot. sometimes a little cool down by short showers. otherwise top weather.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Margret Bilsing, 63 years old was there in November

    We had to drive for years, bound by the school holidays, in the summer months. It was too hot and too humid for me. Now we go in the months of June and November. It is pleasant and just right for us. But it’s already “fresh” in the evening hours in November.

    Weather Rating: 4 stars – Good

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