Weather in Daytona Beach: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

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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 (27 degrees Celsius) and an average low of 62 F (17 C), 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 (90 degrees Fahrenheit/32 degrees Celsius)
  • Coldest Month: January (68 degrees Fahrenheit/20 degrees Celsius)
  • Wettest Month: September (7.0 inches)
  • Best Month for Swimming: September (Atlantic Ocean temperature 83 degrees Fahrenheit/28 degrees Celsius)

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 degrees Fahrenheit in March and 85 in late May (23 and 29 degrees Celsius) while average lows steadily increase from 54 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit (12 and 18 degrees Celsius) during the same period. Meanwhile, the Atlantic Ocean starts heating up around the end of March, rising to a pleasant 76 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius) 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 fluctuations 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: 74 F (23 C)/54 F (12 C), Atlantic temperature 65 F (21 C)
  • April: 79 F (26 C)/59 F (15 C), Atlantic temperature 72 F (22 C)
  • May: 85 F (29 C)/65 F (16 C), Atlantic temperature 76 F (24 C)

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 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) and average highs of 90 F (32 C) 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: 88 F (31 C)/71 F (22 C), Atlantic temperature 80 F (27 C)
  • July: 90 F (32 C)/73 F (23 C), Atlantic temperature 82 F (28 C)
  • August: 90 F (32 C)/73 F (23 C) Atlantic temperature 82 F (28 C)

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 (31 degrees Celsius) in September down to 76 F (24 C) 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 (26 degrees Celsius) 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: 87 F (31 C)/72 F (22 C), Atlantic temperature 83 F (29 C)
  • October: 82 F (28 C)/66 F (19 C), Atlantic temperature 79 F (26 C)
  • November: 76 F (24 C)/57 F (14 C), Atlantic temperature 71 F (22 C)

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 can drop quite low 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 (21 degrees Celsius) 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: 70 F (21 C)/51 F (11 C), Atlantic temperature 65 F (18 C)
  • January: 68 F (20 C)/47 F (8 C), Atlantic temperature 61 F (16 C)
  • February: 71 F (22 C)/50 F (10 C), Atlantic temperature 59 F (15 C)
Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours
Month Avg. Temp. Rainfall Daylight Hours
January 68 F 2.8 inches 11 hours
February 71 F 2.8 inches 11 hours
March 74 F 4.3 inches 12 hours
April 79 F 2.2 inches 13 hours
May 85 F 3.2 inches 13 hours
June 88 F 5.8 inches 14 hours
July 90 F 5.8 inches 14 hours
August 90 F 6.4 inches 13 hours
September 87 F 7.0 inches 12 hours
October 82 F 4.2 inches 12 hours
November 76 F 2.7 inches 11 hours
December 70 F 2.6 inches 10 hours
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  2. Current Results. "Daytona Beach, FL Ocean Water Temperature." December 2020.