With its Northeast Florida location, which is situated closer to Atlanta than Miami, Tallahassee enjoys four distinct seasons. Because it is one of Florida's northernmost cities, Tallahassee has an overall average high temperature of just 79 degrees and an average low of only 56 degrees, making it an ideal vacation destination year-round.
If you're wondering what to pack for your vacation, getaway, or business trip to Tallahassee, the best advice is to check the current weather forecast and pack appropriate clothing for temperatures and your planned activities, but there are still a few things to look out for when visiting this southern city.
Be aware that summer and fall are prime hurricane season for the entire state of Florida as the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30. In recent years, though, only a few hurricanes have brushed Tallahassee with their outer rain and wind bands. The last hurricane to strike Tallahassee directly was 2017's Hurricane Irma.
While temperatures are usually comparable to those in other Florida cities, in 1932 Tallahassee recorded its high temperature of 104 degrees, and despite its North Florida location, ice and snow are a rarity in Tallahassee. If you need proof, it was way back in 1899 that the city recorded its lowest temperature, a freezing 2 degrees.
Spring Weather in Tallahassee
Things start to warm up in Tallahassee in March and April with average highs reaching 74 then 80 degrees respectively, and by May temperatures climb to the upper 80s while lows soar to 62 degrees average.
Spring showers also kick off the season with March receiving six and a half inches of rain on average, but April is a little dryer with three and a half while May picks back up with nearly five inches of rain. Still, it's not that humid until late May so you won't have to worry about the oppressive heat just yet, making late spring an excellent time to visit.
Early spring might still require a light jacket, but by mid-April, you should be fine in a long-sleeved t-shirt and jeans, and by May you can break out the shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops—the end of spring really heats up in Tallahassee.
Summer Weather in Tallahassee
On average, Tallahassee's warmest month is July, with temperatures ranging from 73 to 92 degrees, but it's also its wettest with about eight inches of rain on average each year, making the entire area fairly humid on days after it rains.
Really, the wet-season in Tallahassee is June through August, with both June and August getting roughly seven inches while July gets eight and September gets five. Temperatures this time of year rarely drop below 70 degrees and average highs stay between 89 and 92 degrees all summer long.
You'll want to pack light for traveling in Tallahassee this time of year, making sure to bring plenty of breathable, cotton-based or other lightweight fabrics; shorts and tank tops are the best for bright, sunny days (of which there are many) in Tallahassee, but you'll also want to make sure to pack a compact, light-weight umbrella to carry out as sudden shows are known to occur.
Fall Weather in Tallahassee
Besides the not-so-subtle presence of state government as the state's capital city, Tallahassee is also a college town and home to the Florida State Seminoles.
If you're attending an evening football game during October or November at Doak Campbell Stadium, you'll want to bring along a warm jacket. Nighttime temperatures can get as low as the high 40s to mid-50s during those months.
Tallahassee begins to cool in late September, but high temperatures in October remain in the lower 80s before cooling down to 73 degrees for November. The average low temperatures during this time of year also follow a similar pattern, dropping from a monthly average of 57 in October to 48 in November, meaning for cooler days and even colder nights as fall progresses.
You'll want to pack a light jacket or hoodie for fall evenings and a variety of clothing for autumn days, which can vary from pretty chilly to unseasonably warm. Still, fall might be the best time of year to visit Tallahassee as the foliage is bursting with color and the temperature's great for exploring this old Florida city.
Winter Weather in Tallahassee
Although winter is indeed the coldest season in the city, Tallahassee never really drops below a 40-degree average temperature in December, January, and February and temperatures remain, at an average, above 64 degrees, so it's rarely downright freezing, especially in the daytime.
Snow is also an extreme rarity in Tallahassee, so if you're planning to celebrate a white Christmas in the city, you'll have to head further north. Still, it does rain and sometimes sleet and ice over throughout the winter months, with average precipitation ranging from four inches in December to five in January and February.
You should pack sweaters, long pants, a heavy-to-medium-weight jacket and possibly even long undergarments for your vacation to Tallahassee in the winter, but also pack with layering in mind as you'll likely run into a few unseasonably warm days out in the city.