Guide to Pensacola Weather

The Pensacola Beach Pier on a peaceful spring day
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If you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway, it's always helpful to find out more about weather, events and crowd levels. Most everyone visiting Pensacola, does so for its renowned beach. 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 resort casual wear for dining out. Take along a sweater if you'll be out on the water in the evenings.

Popular Attractions

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.

Pensacola Climate

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° and average low of 59°. Surprisingly, that's just a few degrees cooler than the average temperatures in Central Florida.

Of course, Florida weather is unpredictable, so extremes are possible. In 1980 Pensacola recorded a high temperature of 106°, and in 1985 a very cold 5° set a record. On average Pensacola's warmest month is July and January is the average coolest month. The maximum average rainfall usually falls in July.

You should be aware that the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30, so be sure to follow these tips for traveling during hurricane season.

Average Monthly Temperatures and Rainfall

  • January
    • Average High: 61° F
    • Average Low: 43° F
    • Average Precipitation: 5.34 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 56° F
  • February
    • Average High Temperature: 64° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 45° F
    • Average Precipitation: 4.68 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 58° F
  • March
    • Average High Temperature: 70° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 52° F
    • Average Precipitation: 6.40 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 63° F
  • April
    • Average High Temperature: 76° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 58° F
    • Average Precipitation: 3.89 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 71° F
  • May
    • Average High Temperature: 83° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 66° F
    • Average Precipitation: 4.40 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 78° F
  • June
    • Average High Temperature: 89° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 72° F
    • Average Precipitation: 6.39 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 84° F
  • July
    • Average High Temperature: 91° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 75° F
    • Average Precipitation: 8.02 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 85° F
  • August
    • Average High Temperature: 90° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 74° F
    • Average Precipitation: 6.85 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 86° F
  • September
    • Average High Temperature: 87° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 70° F
    • Average Precipitation: 5.75 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 82° F
  • October
    • Average High Temperature: 79° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 60° F
    • Average Precipitation: 4.13 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 74° F
  • November
    • Average High Temperature: 70° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 51° F
    • Average Precipitation: 4.46 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 65° F
  • December
    • Average High Temperature: 63° F
    • Average Low Temperature: 45° F
    • Average Precipitation: 3.97 inches
    • Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 58° F

    Check online for the most up-to-date weather conditions and the 5- or 10-day forecast when the dates of your trip get close.