If you’re taking a trip to Florida, understanding what the weather is going to be like will be an extremely vital for a successful holiday. Like most of North America the weather can be somewhat inconsistent, but it definitely has patterns that will give strong indicators even when you are planning months beforehand. Everyone knows that it will be hot and humid during the summer, but judging by the way some people dress during the winter when going to the parks, they apparently don’t realize it can get quite cool at that time of year. Northern and central Florida can get chilly during the winter months.
When considering what kind of weather you may encounter on your Florida vacation, bear in mind that the state extends north and south for over 500 miles. With the majority of Florida also being affected by maritime conditions, there’ll be huge differences in climate conditions across the nation. North and central Florida extending south to the Orlando/Tampa area is deemed humid subtropical. This means that temperatures will remain relatively constant throughout the year and seasonal variations will be controlled by precipitation.
The holiday months of June through September will also be the rainy months. They lead in the hurricane period of August through October, which definitely vary from year to year. When planning your vacation hurricanes aren’t a reason to avoid Florida during the summer in my opinion. There is not any way to accurately predict long-term when or where a hurricane may hit, and unless you are heading there on a last minute trip the little chance of being affected by a hurricane on vacation is small. If you are in Florida and there’s a threat, with weather forecasting the way it is you will have plenty of time to react to volatile conditions.
The one thing you need to be very aware of in Florida, especially when spending time outside at the beach, golf course or amusement parks is the danger of lightning. Florida reports more thunderstorms than any other state and has the highest density of lightning strikes in america. There are numerous deaths each year from lightning strikes, and they frequently come with absolutely no warning. They can occur any time throughout the calendar year, but are most prevalent during the summer months.
This is most likely due to greater awareness with risks with better and lightning warnings to the public when lightning is possible. But it is up to individuals to properly react to these warning signs, and if you are coming to Florida you should be very aware of how dangerous lightning is.