Weather in Pensacola: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

The Pensacola Beach Pier on a peaceful spring day
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Pensacola, located in the extreme northwest of Florida's Panhandle and about 60 miles from Mobile, Alabama, has an overall average high temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 degrees Celsius) and an average low of 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius). Surprisingly, that's just a few degrees cooler than the average temperatures in Central Florida. In general, the city experiences hot, humid summers and short, mild winters.

Rain is possible year-round, but summertime thunderstorms are particularly frequent. Overall, Pensacola receives an average of 66 inches of rain each year, well above the national average of 39 inches.

July and August are the best months for swimming. The average water temperature during the summer is a comfortable 84 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius). During the winter months, the water temperature drops approximately 20 degrees, averaging 64 degrees Fahrenheit (18 degrees Celsius).

Of course, Florida weather is unpredictable, so extremes are possible. In 1980, Pensacola recorded a high temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41 degrees Celsius), and in 1985, a frigid 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees Celsius) set a record.

Most everyone visiting Pensacola does so for its renowned beach, but another not-to-miss reason to visit Pensacola is taking a drive along the Pensacola Scenic Bluffs Highway. If you're traveling between March and November, stop in at the Pensacola Naval Aviation Museum, located within the Naval Air Station in Pensacola to watch the Blue Angels practice. They practice over the museum most Tuesday and Wednesday late mornings and admission is free and open to the public.

Fast Climate Facts

  • Hottest Month: July, 83 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius)
  • Coldest Month: January, 52 degrees Fahrenheit (11 degrees Celsius)
  • Wettest Month: July, 8 inches

Hurricane Season in Pensacola

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1 and runs through November 30, with peak activity occurring in September. Hurricanes can happen outside of this period, but 97 percent take place within this timespan. It's unlikely that a hurricane will affect your trip, but in case of a storm brewing, the official website for Escambia County has to most up-to-date information.

Spring in Pensacola

Peak season in Pensacola kicks off in March, as spring breakers flock to Florida's Gulf Coast. Temperatures start warming up in March, but beware of rain—March still receives heavy rainfall which tapers off into April and May. By May, temperatures are nearly at their summertime highs on some days.

What to pack: In early spring, you'll still need to pack light layers and coverups for chilly nights. However, water temperatures are getting warmer so if you're visiting in April or May, bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, and other beach gear.

Average Temperatures by Month

March: 70 F / 52 F, 6.4 inches

April: 76 F / 58 F, 3.89 inches

May: 83 F / 66 F, 4.4 inches

Summer in Pensacola

Summertime in Pensacola is loaded with families who flock to the city to enjoy the sun and sand. Temperatures reach the low 90s by July and August, which is ideal for beachgoing, but hot and humid for other outdoor activities. Hurricane season begins in June.

What to pack: Pack lightweight clothing, including beachwear such as sunscreen, flipflops, and coverups. For other days spent outdoors, shorts and a T-shirt (or tank top) are a good idea.

Average Temperatures by Month

June: 89 F / 72 F, 6.39 inches

July: 91 F / 75 F, 8 inches

August: 90 F / 74 F, 6.9 inches

Fall in Pensacola

While August is still sweltering in Pensacola, September through October are a shoulder season in Pensacola. High temperatures drop into the 70s, and hotel rates usually decrease during this time. Keep an eye on the weather forecast though; fall is peak hurricane season.

What to pack: Packing a bathing suit, shorts, tank tops, and sandals for your trip will get you through the day at the beach, but you'll want casual resort wear for dining out. Take along a sweater if you'll be out on the water in the evenings.

Average Temperatures by Month

September: 87 F / 70 F, 5.8 inches

October: 79 F / 60 F, 4.1 inches

November: 70 F / 51 F, 4.5 inches

Winter in Pensacola

Even though beaches might be too cold from November through February or March, winter is still a great time to explore Pensacola without the crowds or the oppressive heat. Days are typically sunny and just warm enough to be outside.

What to pack: Daytime temperatures in Pensacola are warm enough for a light sweater or sweatshirt with jeans, but nights can warrant a slightly heavier jacket. Bring along an umbrella or a poncho for rainy days.

Average Temperatures and Rainfall by Month

December: 63 F / 45 F, 3.97 inches

January: 61 F / 43 F, 5.34 inches

February: 64 F / 45 F, 4.68 inches

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