Weather in Melbourne, Florida: Climate, Seasons, and Temperatures

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Melbourne, Florida was named after its first postmaster, Cornthwaite John Hector, who spent much of his life in Melbourne, Australia. The Melbourne on this side of the world is located on Florida's Central East Coast where visitors enjoy an overall average high temperature of 81 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 63.

Packing for a vacation or getaway to Melbourne is easy. Simply include a bathing suit, shorts and sandals for spring through fall visits, and you'll want to add long pants and a light jacket for the winter months.

The highest recorded temperature in Melbourne was 102 degrees Fahrenheit in 1980 and the lowest recorded temperature was a very low 17 in 1977. On average, though Melbourne's warmest month is July, and January is the coolest month while the maximum average rainfall usually falls in September.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: July and August (72 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Coldest Month: January (60 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Wettest Month: August (7.68 inches)
  • Best Month for Swimming: September (Atlantic Ocean temperature 83 F)

Hurricane Season

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. If you're planning a vacation during those months, make sure you take precautions for hurricanes. Due to its location on Florida's Atlantic-facing shoreline, Melbourne is almost always hit by at least one major storm per season, so you should check the weather daily during your trip to make sure you're not caught unaware. Evacuations may be required from coastal accommodations, but you should be fine to seek shelter further inland.

Spring in Melbourne

Perhaps the best time to visit Melbourne is in the spring when temperatures begin to climb and the rain stays away most of the season. With an average high of 81 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of just 60.5, you'll never be too hot or cold during your spring vacation to Melbourne. Additionally, you can expect less than 10 days of rainfall per month until late May and early June, when the arrival of the hurricane seasons brings with it plenty of precipitation.

What to Pack: Although the weather is typically dry, humid, and warm throughout much of the season, you'll still need to pack a variety of clothing to accommodate for the varied weather of spring. Be sure to bring clothing you can layer for cooler evenings (especially in March) as well as a raincoat and umbrella for the occasional spring shower in addition to your beachwear and light, summery clothes.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • March: high 77 F, low 54 F, Atlantic temperature 71.5 F
  • April: high 81 F, low 60 F, Atlantic temperature 74 F
  • May: high 86 F, low 67 F, Atlantic temperature 77 F

Summer in Melbourne

One of the busiest times to visit Melbourne is in the summer, but that doesn't mean you'll find perfect weather all season long. Instead, be prepared for an inundation of moisture—depending on whether it's a hot, humid day or a cool, rainy one. Temperatures remain relatively unchanged from June through mid-September, with highs remaining above the 90s for most of the season and lows hovering around the lower 70s in the same period. However, the one thing you really need to watch out for is sudden showers, and with an expected range of 10 to 14 days of rainfall per month throughout the summer, it's better to check your forecast daily than rely on your own intuition this time of year.

What to Pack: If you're traveling to Melbourne in the summer, the two most important items you'll need to bring with you (besides travel documents and money) are an umbrella and a raincoat. Other than that, you'll want to leave your sweater and warmer clothing behind in favor of lighter items of clothing like cotton and linen blends, and be sure you bring your bathing suit and beach gear in case you want to lay out or swim.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • June: high 89 F, low 72 F, Atlantic temperature 80.5 F
  • July: high 91 F, low 73 F, Atlantic temperature 82 F
  • August: high 91 F, low 73 F, Atlantic temperature 83 F

Fall in Melbourne

As the frequency and volume of rainstorms trickle off in September through November, the air and water temperatures of Melbourne slowly start to lower throughout the fall season. However, with an average high of 83 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 66.5, you won't likely need to prepare that much for the weather. Do keep in mind, though, that hurricanes and tropical storms are highly unpredicatable—so you'll want to stay abreast of the latest developments in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean sea during your travels to make sure you're prepared if an end-of-season hurricane starts heading toward Melbourne.

What to Pack: As with spring, packing for fall involves planning versatile outfits that you can change according to the weather. Be sure to bring t-shirts, shorts, and sandals as well as all-terrain shoes, a light sweater, long-sleeved shirts, and maybe even warm pants for those especially cold and wet October evenings.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • September: high 88 F, low 73 F, Atlantic temperature 82.5 F
  • October: high 84 F, low 68 F, Atlantic temperature 80.5 F
  • November: high 78 F, low 60 F, Atlantic temperature 76.5 F

Winter in Melbourne

Although not as intense as many American winters, the weather in Melbourne changes significantly throughout the season. However, you can generally expect average high temperatures to be around 71 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit throughout most of the winter season. Rain also falls sporadically during this period, but you're more likely to encounter rains at the end of the hurricane season in November and early December.

What to Pack: You'll need to bring just about everything for your trip to Melbourne in the winter—from warm pants to breathable tank tops and shorts. While you may not need to bring a raincoat, you will want to pack an umbrella and be sure to check the forecast before you venture out for the day, especially if you plan on staying out after sunset.

Average Air and Water Temperatures by Month:

  • December: high 73 F, low 53 F, Atlantic temperature 74 F
  • January: high 71 F, low 49 F, Atlantic temperature 72 F
  • February: high 74 F, low 52 F, Atlantic temperature 71 F

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours

  • January: 60 F, 2.3 inches, 10.5 hours
  • February: 63 F, 2.5 inches, 11 hours
  • March: 66 F, 3.3 inches, 12 hours
  • April: 70.5 F, 2.1 inches, 12.5 hours
  • May: 76.5 F, 3.3 inches, 13.5 hours
  • June: 80.5 F, 6.7 inches, 14 hours
  • July: 82 F, 5.9 inches, 14 hours
  • August: 82 F, 7.68 inches, 13 hours
  • September: 80.5 F, 7.64 inches, 12.5 hours
  • October: 76 F, 5.08 inches, 11.5 hours
  • November: 69 F, 2.9 inches, 10.75 hours
  • December: 63 F, 2.6 inches, 10.4 hours