Sarasota Weather

Average monthly temperature and rainfall in Sarasota

Couple enjoying sunset.
••• Couple enjoying a romantic sunset. © Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau

Sarasota is located on the northern reaches of Florida's Southwest coast, just south of Tampa Bay. Mild winter temperatures made it the perfect choice for John and Mable Ringling to make it the winter home of the Ringling Bros. Circus for many years. Today visitors can tour their lavish home, art collection and adjacent museum full of years of circus memorabilia.

The highest recorded temperature in Sarasota was scorching 100° in 1998 and the lowest recorded temperature was a very cold 20° in 1983.

Sarasota has an overall average high temperature of 83° and an average low of 62°, making the weather perfect for enjoying lunch at a sidewalk cafe in St. Armands Circle, an upscale shopping and dining destination. If you plan to visit, you may want to include resort casual attire when packing for your trip. Otherwise, cool and comfortable shorts in the summer and slacks in the winter will suffice. Of course, do always include a bathing suit. You can use that bathing suit whether you're swimming or sunbathing at Sarasota's Lido Beach or Siesta Key.

Sarasota, like most of Florida, has not been affected by a hurricane more than a decade. The last storms were in 2004 and 2005, with Hurricane Charley making landfall just south of the area causing considerable damage. While the hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, the months of August and September are the most active months.

If you are planning on traveling to Florida during the hurricane season, it is important to ask about hurricane guarantees when booking your trip.

On average Sarasota's warmest month is July and January is the average coolest month. The maximum average rainfall usually falls in August. Below find average temperatures and rainfall for Sarasota and Gulf of Mexico water temperatures for Sarasota's barrier island, Siesta Key:

January

  • Average High: 72° F
  • Average Low: 51° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.94 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 70° F

February

  • Average High Temperature: 74° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 53° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.66 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 68° F

March

  • Average High Temperature: 77° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 57° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.36 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 70° F

April

  • Average High Temperature: 82° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 60° F
  • Average Precipitation: 1.83 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 70° F

May

  • Average High Temperature: 87° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 65° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.85 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 79° F

June

  • Average High Temperature: 90° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 71° F
  • Average Precipitation: 7.41 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 82° F

July

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 73° F
  • Average Precipitation: 8.71 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 84° F

August

  • Average High Temperature: 91° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 73° F
  • Average Precipitation: 9.43 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 86° F

September

  • Average High Temperature: 90° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 72° F
  • Average Precipitation: 7.25 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 84° F

October

  • Average High Temperature: 85° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 65° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.88 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 81° F

November

  • Average High Temperature: 80° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 59° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.35 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 77° F

December

  • Average High Temperature: 74° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 53° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.45 inches
  • Average Gulf Temperature: 73° F

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