Gainesville Weather

Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall in Gainesville

Tree-Lined Walk at the University of Florida
••• The University of Florida is in Gainesville. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Gainesville, located in North Central Florida and home to the University of Florida and Santa Fe College, has an overall average high temperature of 82° and an average low of 58°. Gainesville has been ranked by National Geographic Adventure as one of the "best places to live and play" in the United States. It's no wonder, the casual college town enjoys weather that promotes a change of seasons with few extremes in temperatures.

Exactly how hot can it get in Gainesville? 1985 holds both the highest and lowest temperature on record with a high of 103° and the lowest? A freezing 10°! Even with up to an average of 16 nights of freezing each year, snow is rare. However, the city experienced light snow on Christmas Eve in 1989, again in 1996 and yet again the day after Christmas in 2010.

On average Gainesville's warmest month is June and January is the average coolest month. The maximum average rainfall usually falls in August.

If you're wondering what to pack for your Gator-bound student, wardrobes are pretty casual — lots of shorts, tank tops and flip-flops. This is Florida after all, and while December temperatures can reach 80 degrees, Gainesville temperatures do plunge unexpectedly and it can get pretty chilly, so they will need warmer attire as well. Remember too that it can rain nearly every day during the summer, and it's a long distance between buildings, so an umbrella is a necessity.

Worried about hurricanes? Florida's hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. 

Looking for specifics? Here are the average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Gainesville:

January

  • Average High: 67° F
  • Average Low: 44° F
  • Average Precipitation: 4.13 inches

February

  • Average High Temperature: 69° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 46° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.90 inches

March

  • Average High Temperature: 75° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 51° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.94 inches

April

  • Average High Temperature: 80° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 56° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.03 inches

May

  • Average High Temperature: 87° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 63° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.70 inches

June

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 70° F
  • Average Precipitation: 5.87 inches

July

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 72° F
  • Average Precipitation: 5.34 inches

August

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 71° F
  • Average Precipitation: 6.69 inches

September

  • Average High Temperature: 89° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 69° F
  • Average Precipitation: 5.33 inches

October

  • Average High Temperature: 82° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 61° F
  • Average Precipitation: 1.89 inches

November

  • Average High Temperature: 75° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 53° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.58 inches

December

  • Average High Temperature: 69° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 46° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.05 inches

If you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway, find out more about weather, events and crowd levels from our month-by-month guides.