Weather in Daytona Beach: Climate, Seasons, and Monthly Temperatures

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Daytona Beach, America's most famous beach, is located along the coast of East Central Florida. With an overall average high temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 61, you can hit the beach nearly every day of the year. Although the ocean can get a bit chilly during the winter, sunbathing is seldom out of the question.

If you're wondering what to pack for your vacation in Daytona Beach, put a bathing suit at the top of the list because you will need little else, especially if you're on spring break. Of course, some restaurants will require a little more than a bathing suit and bare feet, so you'll also need to pack shorts, tank tops, and sandals.

If you will be taking in a race at the Daytona International Speedway during the early months of the year, you may need warmer attire, including a jacket. And, of course, if you'll be roaring into town during Bike Week or Octoberfest, just about anything goes when it comes to dress—except nudity.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: July and August (81.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Coldest Month: January (57.5 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Wettest Month: September (6.9 inches)
  • Best Month for Swimming: August (Atlantic Ocean temperature 82 F)

Hurricane Season

If you'll be visiting Daytona Beach during the Atlantic Hurricane Season, which runs from June 1 to November 30 each year, you'll want to investigate these tips for traveling to ensure your family's safety and protect your vacation investment. Daytona Beach almost always experiences at least one severe tropical storm or hurricane each season, so you may need to be prepared to evacuate on a moment's notice during your trip. Be sure to check local forecasts so you can stay up-to-date with severe storms during your vacation.

Spring in Daytona Beach

The best time of year to visit Daytona Beach just might be spring—not only has the weather already warmed up by mid-April, the rains haven't started to fall for the hurricane season yet, meaning you'll have a lot more opportunities to lay out on the beach or even swim all spring long. Average high temperatures range between 74 in March and 85 degrees Fahrenheit in late May while average lows steadily increase from 54 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit during the same period. Meanwhile, the Atlantic Ocean starts heating up around the end of March, rising to a pleasant 76 degrees by the middle of May.

What to Pack: Although the weather improves significantly throughout the season, you'll need to bring a variety of clothing to be prepared for any fluctuates in temperature or moisture. Pack light-material clothing you can easily layer including short and long-sleeved shirts, pants and shorts, sandals and close-toed shoes, a pullover or light jacket, and maybe even a medium-sized coat for especially cold, wet nights.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • March: high 74 F, low 54 F, Atlantic temperature 69 F
  • April: high 79 F, low 59 F, Atlantic temperature 72 F
  • May: high 85 F, low 65 7 F, Atlantic temperature 76 F

Summer in Daytona Beach

In Daytona Beach, you can expect a long, oppressively hot but mostly cloudy summer with temperatures ranging between average lows of 72 and average highs of 89 degrees Fahrenheit throughout most of the season. Also, since the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts in June, you can expect more rain to increase as the summer waxes and wanes. Most months in the summer will see between 11 and 14 days of rain, with a total rainfall accumulation of around 25 inches throughout the season.

What to Pack: You can leave your jackets and warm clothing behind most of the season, but you'll definitely want to pack an umbrella and raincoat to help you stay dry amongst all the sudden, short storms of summer. Additionally, you'll need to pack clothing made of lighter materials like cotton or linen to accommodate for the sweltering heat on cloudless days. Of course, you'll also want to remember to bring your bathing suit, beach towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, and sandals so you can enjoy all the summer sun—when it's not raining.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • June: high 88 F, low 71 F, Atlantic temperature 79.5 F
  • July: high 90 F, low 73 F, Atlantic temperature 81.5 F
  • August: high 90 F, low 73 F, Atlantic temperature 82 F

Fall in Daytona Beach

While the rains continue into September and part of October, the region dries up by mid-October, making it another great time to visit Daytona Beach. Also, with highs ranging from 87 degrees Fahrenheit in September down to 76 in November, you'll still be able to enjoy plenty of pleasant weather without having to worry about a coming storm. The water in the Atlantic Ocean also stays warm throughout much of the season, with an average water temperature of around 78 degrees for much of September through October.

What to Pack: As with spring, you'll need to pack a variety of clothing options to accommodate for the varying weather in fall. While the rains may have subsided by the end of the season, you'll probably still want to pack a raincoat or umbrella just in case of a sudden shower. Additionally, there are still plenty of chances to enjoy the ocean and the sun, so don't forget to pack your beach gear if you plan on soaking up some rays.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • September: high 87 F, low 72 F, Atlantic temperature 81.5 F
  • October: high 82 F, low 66 F, Atlantic temperature 79 F
  • November: high 76 F, low 57 F, Atlantic temperature 75 F

Winter in Daytona Beach

Although the winters in Daytona Beach are brief, they're considerably drier than the summer and not that much colder—except at nighttime when temperatures drop to a low of 47 degrees Fahrenheit in January. The average precipitation experienced each winter is also the lowest of the year overall (even though April is the driest month). This means you'll have even more opportunities to lay out on the beach; however, the Atlantic Ocean may be too cold this time of year to swim comfortably, since the average temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the winter.

What to Pack: Since nights are almost certainly going to be chilly throughout the winter season, you'll want to bring plenty of layers to bundle up in as needed. Also, while you may not want to swim this season, you can still enjoy a day at the beach laying out on a beach towel in your bathing suit, so be sure to bring both with you in your luggage so you're prepared for whatever the weather allows.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • December: high 70 F, low 51 F, Atlantic temperature 71.5 F
  • January: high 68 F, low 47 F, Atlantic temperature 69.5 F
  • February: high 71 F, low 50 F, Atlantic temperature 68.75 F

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours

  • January: 57.5 F, 2.8 inches, 11 hours
  • February: 60.5 F, 2.8 inches, 11 hours
  • March: 64 F, 4.3 inches, 12 hours
  • April: 69 F, 2.2 inches, 13 hours
  • May: 75 F, 3.2 inches, 13 hours
  • June: 79.5 F, 5.8 inches, 14 hours
  • July: 81.5 F, 5.8 inches, 14 hours
  • August: 81.5 F, 6.4 inches, 13 hours
  • September: 79.5 F, 6.97 inches, 12 hours
  • October: 74 F, 4.2 inches, 12 hours
  • November: 66.5 F, 2.68 inches, 11 hours
  • December: 60.5 F, 2.64 inches, 10 hours