Orlando average monthly temperatures

A rainy day at Universal Orlando.

A rainy day at Universal Orlando.

When planning a vacation to Central Florida, weather can play a pivotal role in deciding when to visit, what to pack and the overall satisfaction of your vacation. Those who live in Central Florida often explain to visitors that generally the weather on any given day during the summer months is hot with high humidity and strong afternoon thunderstorms, and that the weather from November to March can vary greatly.

Make sure you check the forecast for Orlando closer to the time of your vacation as temperatures fluctuate, most notably in the winter and during the change of seasons. Always wear sunscreen no matter what month you are visiting Central Florida. You can still get sunburned in the winter, so don’t let the cool temperatures fool you. Always have rain gear (umbrella or poncho) handy, especially during the summer afternoons. Tip: You can also use your umbrella for some instant shade from the strong sun.

The average humidity in Orlando is 74% and rarely falls below 50%. If you live in a less humid climate, the humidity will be very noticeable during your vacation and will make the temperatures seem much warmer than what they actually are.

Concerned about hurricanes? We’ll cover that at the bottom of the page.

 

Weather in Orlando

Here are the average high temps, lows temps, rain fall, and a description of each month provided by someone who actually lives here!

 

January

Average high temperature: 70.8 F, 21.5 C
Average low temperature: 48.6 F, 9.2 C
Average precipitation: 2.30 in
Average humidity (1pm): 56 percent
Record high (1991): 87 F
Record low (1985): 19 F

One of the coldest months in Central Florida, January is also one of the driest with only 2.30 inches of precipitation. It rarely snows in Orlando but it may frost or freeze overnight with temperatures dipping into the low 30’s F. Keep this fact in mind while visiting the theme parks after dark and packing for your trip.

Tip: Dressing in layers is important during the winter months. It is best to have a coat for the evenings and maybe a sweater/sweatshirt during the day.

 

February

Average high temperature: 72.7 F, 22.6 C
Average low temperature: 49.7 F, 9.8 C
Average precipitation: 3.02 in
Average humidity (1pm): 52 percent
Record high (1988): 89 F
Record low (1996): 26 F

It is usually cooler at the beginning of February and warmer, more spring-like by the end of the month. Rain chances are low with a monthly average precipitation of 3.02 inches. Dressing in layers is recommended if you plan on being outdoors especially in the early morning hours or evening hours.

 

March

Average high temperature: 78.0 F, 25.5 C
Average low temperature: 55.2 F, 12.8 C
Average precipitation: 3.21 in
Average humidity (1pm): 50 percent
Record high (1994): 92 F
Record low (1980): 25 F

March brings the Spring Break crowds, Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Florida and warmer temperatures in Central Florida. Rain chances increase slightly with an average precipitation of 3.21 inches. It is not uncommon for Central Floridian residents and visitors to be wearing shorts and flip-flops during the day. While watching the Mardi Gras parade or other nighttime shows, some guests may need a sweater or light jacket.

 

April

Average high temperature: 83.0 F, 28.3 C
Average low temperature: 59.4 F, 12.2 C
Average precipitation: 1.80 in
Average humidity (1pm): 46 percent
Record high (1999): 95 F
Record low (1987): 38 F

With spring reaching its peak in April, temperatures are very pleasant and warm with low chances of rain. All outdoor activities are enjoyable for most visitors and residents including swimming at the local water parks and enjoying the water rides at Islands of Adventure.

Tip: Bring a pair of flip flops to wear on the wet rides preventing your shoes and socks from getting soaked and having to spend the rest of your day sloshing around the park.

 

May

Average high temperature: 87.8 F, 31 C
Average low temperature: 65.9 F, 18.8 C
Average precipitation: 3.55 in
Average humidity (1pm): 49 percent
Record high (2000): 99 F
Record low (1992): 48 F

During May temperatures begin to reach the upper 80’s F and outdoor water and theme park activities increase throughout Central Florida. Dressing to beat the heat becomes a daily routine. Rain chances increase this month with an average precipitation of 3.55 inches.

Tip: Freeze small water bottles for a few hours prior to leaving for the parks in the morning. Pack the water in your backpack and it will stay cool most of the day.

 

June

Average high temperature: 90.5 F, 32.5 C
Average low temperature: 71.8 F, 22.1 C
Average precipitation: 7.32 in
Average humidity (1pm): 57 percent
Record high (1985): 100 F
Record low (1984): 53 F

June is the beginning of summer and also the beginning of the rainy season in Central Florida. With the average precipitation doubling from May to 7.32 inches, strong storms (due primarily to the east coast winds off the Atlantic Ocean meeting the west coast winds off the Gulf of Mexico) begin to appear each afternoon. A strong thunderstorm can typically last from 30 minutes to two hours. Most of us don’t let the rain stop us from enjoying the fun times while visiting the theme parks and other Orlando attractions. Rain gear is a staple in your backpack and will be used frequently.

Tip: Place your wet ponchos and umbrellas in a kitchen sized trash bag before putting them in your backpack so the remaining items in your backpack will stay dry.

 

July

Average high temperature: 91.5 F, 33 C
Average low temperature: 73.1 F, 22.8 C
Average precipitation: 7.25 in
Average humidity (1pm): 58 percent
Record high (1998): 100 F
Record low (1981): 64 F

During the middle of the year, hot temperatures and high humidity in Central Florida are commonplace and can be exhausting for unprepared visitors. Even at night after the sun has disappeared, the humidity can be unpleasant and draining. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids and take it slower when touring the theme parks. Afternoon thunderstorms are daily occurrences with the average precipitation of 7.25 inches.

Tip: Wrap a wet washcloth around a freezer pack and place them in a zippered plastic bag in your backpack. You’ll have a cold, wet cloth to help you cool off while at the parks on a hot afternoon.

 

August

Average high temperature: 91.5 F, 33 C
Average low temperature: 73.4 F, 23 C
Average precipitation: 6.78 in
Average humidity (1pm): 60 percent
Record high (1980): 100 F
Record low (1997): 65 F

The sweltering summer culminates in August for Central Florida. Thunderstorms typically occur each afternoon and sometimes will happen late at night. The average precipitation this month is 6.78 inches. Watching the weather radar before heading to the theme parks or calling it up on your smartphone becomes a habit for those visiting the theme parks and other attractions in Orlando.

Tip: Changing clothes after being outside in the heat and humidity all day is also a common occurrence so keep this in mind when packing for your vacation.

 

September

Average high temperature: 89.7 F, 32 C
Average low temperature: 72.4 F, 22.4 C
Average precipitation: 6.01 in
Average humidity (1pm): 60 percent
Record high (1988): 98 F
Record low (1981): 57 F

Although most parts of the United States consider September a fall month, here in Central Florida temperatures still rival those found in early summer-close to 90 degrees along with high humidity. With the average precipitation of 6.01 inches, the rainy season in Central Florida is ending. We still receive rain almost every week it is not a daily occurrence in the afternoon like July or August.

Tip: If you are driving to the theme parks, put extra frozen water bottles in a cooler in your car so that you will have a cool drink after a long day at the parks.

 

October

Average high temperature: 84.6 F, 29.2 C
Average low temperature: 65.8 F, 18.7 C
Average precipitation: 2.42 in
Average humidity (1pm): 56 percent
Record high (1986): 95 F
Record low (1989): 44 F

October is a very pleasant month both in temperature and in rainfall with the average precipitation of 2.42 inches. For those who chill easily, a sweater or light jacket may be needed if they are outdoors in the evening. Shorts and casual t-shirts are still common clothing worn throughout the day at the Central Florida attractions and the water parks are still very popular.

Tip: If you are visiting during Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida, realize that you may work up a sweat running from the scare actors since temperatures can still be in the 70’s after dark.

 

November

Average high temperature: 78.5 F, 25.8 C
Average low temperature: 57.5 F, 14.2 C
Average precipitation: 2.30 in
Average humidity (1pm): 56 percent
Record high (1980): 89 F
Record low (1981): 35 F

Many Central Floridians feel that November is one of the best months of the year to visit the theme parks and other Orlando attractions. Pleasant temperatures in the 70’s F and low precipitation (average is 2.30 inches) combined with low crowd levels (except for Thanksgiving week) make for an awesome month to visit Orlando.

Tip: A light jacket or sweatshirt may be needed at night so place them in a locker as you enter the parks and retrieve them when needed later in the day.

 

December

Average high temperature: 72.9 F, 22.7 C
Average low temperature: 51.3 F, 10.7 C
Average precipitation: 2.15 in
Average humidity (1pm): 57 percent
Record high (1978): 90 F
Record low (1983): 20 F

The last month of the year will find pleasant and cooler temperatures throughout Central Florida. Rainfall is low with the average precipitation of 2.15 inches this month. Light jackets worn during the day may be needed while a coat may be required at night. Temperatures seem to fluctuate more this month than other months of the year, so you could likely find yourself needing both warm-weather and cold-weather clothing.

 

Hurricanes in Orlando

Hurricane Season starts June 1 and lasts to November 30 each year, with the peak of the season from mid-August to late October. Although a direct hit from a hurricane is not common in Central Florida, the effects of a hurricane located in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean can be felt across the entire state of Florida. As a result, high winds and torrential rains can occur and potentially spur tornados and local flooding. Theme parks and other Orlando attractions take all storms seriously and will close outdoor attractions when lightning or heavy rain are noted in the area. When traveling to Central Florida during hurricane season, you may encounter travel delays or cancellations if a serious storm develops.

Fortunately notification of potential hurricanes and their possible paths are provided as soon as they are detected by the National Weather Service (NOAA). “Public advisories are issued for all Atlantic and eastern Pacific tropical or subtropical cyclones… Intermediate public advisories may be issued every 3 hours when coastal watches or warnings are in effect, and every 2 hours when coastal watches or warnings are in effect and land-based radars have identified a reliable storm center. Additionally, special public advisories may be issued at any time due to significant changes in warnings or in the cyclone.” (Source: National Hurricane Center, NOAA website.)

 

Refunds for hurricanes or other bad weather

As part of your planning, you will want to ask each if your key travel service providers how they handle refunds in the case that bad weather forces you to cancel your plans — and it is likely you’ll get a different answer from each one. However, we can tell you that in general Orlando’s theme parks do not issue refunds for mild to moderate weather disturbances. These are commonplace in Orlando, and folks who visit her often know that a stormy afternoon is just part of the Orlando experience.

That being said, the theme parks have made exceptions to their “no rain checks” policy in extreme weather situations. If the inland effects of a hurricane do completely turn your trip inside out, the parks may offer to help modify your arrangements or even offer a refund for your admission. But do know this is done on a case by case basis, and only the parks themselves can make this determination. In other words, don’t take our statement as any sort of guarantee you’ll get your money back.

 

More Orlando weather information

Where can I find a detailed 10-day forecast?
For viewing on a desktop or laptop, we really like Intellicast.

If you’re not within 10 days of your vacation, check out the Travel Planner feature on Wunderground. Just input your location (in this case, your destination of Orlando, FL) and your travel dates, then the site will provide a free summary of the weather activity for those dates going back over a decade.

Do you have a recommended weather app?
We do. WeatherBug Elite is our app of choice, particularly for the live interactive radar. View it on Google Play or iTunes.

Now that I know about the weather, do you have advice on what to pack?
We most certainly do! In fact, we have a whole page: What to pack for your vacation.

How much are rain ponchos at Universal?
Last time we checked they were $8.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids.

Rain ponchos at Universal Orlando.

Rain ponchos at Universal Orlando.



A rainy day at Universal Orlando

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