Lake Wales Weather

Average monthly temperature and rainfall in Lake Wales

Bok Tower, Lake Wales, Florida
••• Bok Tower at Bok Sanctuary and Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida. © Dawn Henthorn

Lake Wales is located in Central Florida about 40 miles south of Disney World, and less than 15 miles from LEGOLAND Florida, in nearby Winter Haven. The city is home to the historic and beautiful Bok Tower Gardens and is aslo the location of the weird phenomenon of Spook Hill.

If you're visiting nearby attractions and will be making a stop in Lake Wales, you'll find the weather pleasant with an overall average high temperature of 83° and an average low of just 61°.

If you're packing for a trip to the area, shorts and sandals will keep you comfortable in the summer and nothing more than a sweater or light jacket will usually keep you warm enough in the winter. However, if you're visiting Bok Tower Gardens in the winter, you'll want to dress warm and in layers since the shade of the trees and winds can make your visit a chilly one, particularly if its late in the afternoon as the sun begins to set.

On average Lake Wales' warmest month is July and the maximum average rainfall also usually falls in July. January is usually the coolest month. Of course, Florida's weather can be quite unpredictable and extremes do occur. In 1985, Lake Wales experienced their lowest temperature ever recorded. The very cold 16° was followed just three years later with their highest recorded temperature, a sweltering 105°.

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. Lake Wales, like most of Florida, has not been affected by a hurricane in recent years. The last storms were in 2004 and 2005. Hurricane Frances affected the area in September, 2004 and just three weeks later, a stronger Hurricane Jeanne blew through town. A year later it was Hurricane Wilma that blew across the state leaving a path of destruction.

Another summer weather malady to watch out for in Central Florida is lightning. Considering Florida is known as the Lightning Capital of the U.S., and Orlando is situated in what has often been described as "Lightning Alley," visitors should know that lightning poses a serious risk.

Average monthly temperatures and rainfall for Lakes Wales:

January

  • Average High: 72° F
  • Average Low: 49° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.38 inches

February

  • Average High Temperature: 75° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 50° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.43 inches

March

  • Average High Temperature: 79° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 55° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.12 inches

April

  • Average High Temperature: 83° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 58° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.02 inches

May

  • Average High Temperature: 88° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 64° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.88 inches

June

  • Average High Temperature: 90° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 70° F
  • Average Precipitation: 7.12 inches

July

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 71° F
  • Average Precipitation: 7.45 inches

August

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 72° F
  • Average Precipitation: 6.64 inches

September

  • Average High Temperature: 89° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 70° F
  • Average Precipitation: 5.83 inches

October

  • Average High Temperature: 84° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 64° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.50 inches

November

  • Average High Temperature: 78° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 57° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.23 inches

December

  • Average High Temperature: 73° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 51° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.10 inches

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