Average Monthly Temperature and Rainfall in Tampa

The Tampa skyline, as viewed from the coast

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With the Hillsborough River flowing through downtown and bays that provide a direct path to the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa is perfectly situated for cruise ships to set sail year-round from its port. Located in West Central Florida near Lakeville, it is the easternmost city in the area, known as Tampa Bay, and has an overall average high temperature of 82 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

Monthly Weather Patterns

On average, Tampa's warmest month is July and January is the average coolest month, with overnight freezing temperatures a possibility. The maximum average rainfall usually comes in August, as afternoon thunderstorms make nearly daily appearances. The highest temperature ever recorded in Tampa was a sweltering 99 degrees Fahrenheit in 1985 and the lowest recorded temperature was a very cold 18 degrees Fahrenheit in 1962.

Unpredictable storms can strike anytime during the Atlantic Hurricane season, which runs from June through the end of November, but August and September seem to be the most active months.

What to Pack

If you're visiting Tampa in the summertime, it's best to dress as cool as possible and avoid the mid-day sun. The Florida Aquarium is the perfect place to beat the Florida heat, but if you're visiting Busch Gardens, you may want to slather on the sunscreen and wear a hat since you will be in the sun most of the time.

Otherwise, when visiting Tampa, dress for the season—shorts are perfect for the summer, but be sure to pack an umbrella. In the winter, slacks are more appropriate, but be sure to bring a sweater and jacket in case it turns chilly in the evenings.

Average Temperatures and Rainfall

If you're looking for more specific monthly weather information, below is the average temperatures and rainfall for Tampa:

  • January
    • Average High: 70 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low: 52 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 2.27 inches
  • February
    • Average High Temperature: 72 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 54 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 2.67 inches
  • March
    • Average High Temperature: 76 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 58 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 2.84 inches
  • April
    • Average High Temperature: 81 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 62 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 1.80 inches
  • May
    • Average High Temperature: 86 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 71 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 6.33 inches
  • June
    • Average High Temperature: 86 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 69 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 2.85 inches
  • July
    • Average High Temperature: 90 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 6.49 inches
  • August
    • Average High Temperature: 90 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 75 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 7.60 inches
  • September
    • Average High Temperature: 89 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 74 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 6.54 inches
  • October
    • Average High Temperature: 84 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 68 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 2.29 inches
  • November
    • Average High Temperature: 78 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 61 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 4.62 inches
  • December
    • Average High Temperature: 72 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Low Temperature: 55 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Average Precipitation: 2.30 inches

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

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