What's the Weather Like in Orlando?

Plan Your Trip to Orlando With the Season in Mind

Lake Eola view in Orlando Florida
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Central Florida, which includes the Orlando area, has a humid subtropical climate. The area gets an average of 51 inches of rain every year—the average in the U.S. is 37 inches per year. Its rainy season is from May through October, so you'll need an umbrella for sure at that time of year. The other months of the year are called the dry season when you will likely see an abundance of sunshine. Temperatures are moderate all year, with the summer the least comfortable because of high heat and humidity.

Winter in Orlando: December, January, and February

The winter months of December, January and February generally provide the most pleasant temperatures in the Orlando area. Humidity can still be on the higher side but rainfall is at a minimum. This is the time of the year when the snowbirds of the north, ready for a break from cold dreary days, visit Florida.

These are average temperatures and can vary a good bit in either direction, so check the forecast before you leave for your trip. If you are traveling to the Orlando area in the winter, it's always a good idea to pack a light jacket.

Average high temperatures hover in the low 70s F, with average lows around 50 degrees. Average precipitation ranges from about two to three inches each month. The winter record high is 90 degrees (December 1978), and the thermometer has plunged to a record low of 19 degrees in Orlando (January 1985).

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Spring in Orlando: March, April, and May

As spring approaches, Orlando temperatures start to warm up. Though still on the pleasant side, rainfall starts to increase and humidity falls slightly.

The "snowbirds' begin their flight north and spring break time begins.

Springtime average temperatures tend to stay pretty warm—both highs and lows. Record highs (99 degrees in May 2000) can make for a blistering hot spring day. But it can get chilly, too; The mercury hit a record low of 25 degrees in March 1980. Record low for May is 48 degrees, reached in 1992. When traveling to the Orlando area, it's a good idea to pack for extremely high temperatures in any season but winter. Rain jackets, ponchos, and umbrellas are a must for your suitcase.

Average highs range from 78 degrees in March to 83 in April to around 88 degrees in May, with average lows running from 55 in March to 59 in April to 66 in May. Precipitation in March and May runs over 3 inches; in April, the rain lets up a bit, with the average 1.8 inches.

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Summer in Orlando: June, July, and August

Summer comes in with a bang to the Orlando area. Once June hits, you can expect temperatures will hit the 90s in the afternoon; record highs touch 100 degrees. Evenings can be on the pleasant side, with nighttime lows averaging in the low 70s. If it's a cool period it can get as cool as the low 50s in June and mid-60s in the other two summer months.

Humidity runs around 60 percent during this season, which increases the steamy effect. June is the start of hurricane season, so be aware of that possibility. Summer weather can be unpredictable—from weeks without a drop of rain to an ongoing deluge that seems to have no end in sight. Rainfall averages around 7 inches in all three summer months.

If you are traveling to Orlando in the summer, pack lightweight clothing and items to protect you from the sun and rain. If you spend any amount of time outdoors, be sure to put on sunscreen. Don't ruin your vacation with blistering sunburn.

Fall in Orlando: September, October, and November

During these months the rest of the country is experiencing the cool, crisp days of autumn, but in the Orlando area, summer continues on with high temperatures and the highest humidity of the year.

September is generally Florida's peak time for hurricane season. On any given day it can be hot enough for a day at the beach or cool enough for a lightweight jacket. It is still recommended that you use sunscreen when outdoors.

But the highs begin to plummet, from an average close to 90 degrees in September to 78 degrees in November, with October afternoons averaging around 85 degrees. Lows drop similarly, from an average of 72 degrees in September to 57 degrees by November, with October about at the midpoint at 65 degrees.

It can still be really hot; September saw a record high of 98 degrees in 1988, and it was 95 in October 1986. Even November had a record-high stifling day at 89 degrees in 1980. Record lows range from 57 in September 1981 down to 35 in November 1981.

Average precipitation in September is similar to the summer months at about six inches. It falls dramatically in October, to an average a little over three inches. It continues in that direction in November, when the average rainfall is about 2.4 inches. 

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