The Most Common Florida Weather Myths
Ahh, sunny Florida. The beaches, the breeze, the salty air, the…thunderstorms?
Although there’s no denying they call it the Sunshine State for a reason, Florida weather doesn’t always mean clear blue skies. Check out some of the most common Florida weather myths, and read about what to watch out for so you can plan an unforgettable trip to paradise.
Florida Has No Seasons.
Because of its geographic location, Florida’s weather isn’t exactly divided into the traditional Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. (Hooray for a mild climate!)
It does, however, have two distinct seasons of its own: wet and dry.
From late May through the end of October, Florida’s wet season brings about 68% of the state’s total rainfall for the year. Showers and thunderstorms happen frequently, if not daily, and humidity levels peak.
Dry season (November-April), on the other hand, brings significantly less humidity, reduced precipitation, and a more predictable forecast that’s less storm-prone.
Regardless of the season, keep a close watch on the forecast, and try downloading a storm-tracking app like Storm to get the latest info on weather that may affect your travel itinerary.
It’s the Same Temperature Everywhere in Florida.
Sure, most of Florida is known for having a subtropical climate. But not all Florida forecasts are created equal.
During the summer months, Central and South Florida’s weather hovers around the 80’s and 90’s, dropping to the 60’s and 70’s in the winter. This is the weather typically associated with Florida.
However, northern cities like Jacksonville, Tallahassee, and Destin experience cooler winters with average lows in the 40’s and high’s in the 70’s.
Make sure to reference the local forecast for the area you’re visiting, and pack accordingly.
Flip Flops, Bikinis, and Sunscreen Are All I Need to Pack.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned so far, it’s that Florida’s weather can be unpredictable. One minute you’re working on your tan, the next you’re running for cover from a surprise rain shower.
That’s why it’s a good idea to come prepared for whatever mother nature throws your way. Stash some closed-toe shoes, an umbrella, and long pants in your bag.
And don’t underestimate the power outerwear. Remember, temperatures can dip pretty low in the cooler months, so grabbing that hoodie could make or break your vacation. The same goes for heat waves, so don’t skimp on the sunscreen.
Hurricanes are the Only Storms I Should Keep My Eye On.
Officially, hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30. But these storms aren’t the Sunshine State’s only forces to be reckoned with.
Known as the “Lightning Capital of the U.S.,” Florida provides an ideal climate for thunderstorms to form, posing a potential risk if you’re out and about when one strikes. The National Weather Service recommends steering clear of bodies of water, trees, or metallic objects, and staying indoors at least 30 minutes after hearing thunder.
Florida’s climate also makes the state prone to tornadoes. With their intense winds and unpredictable patterns, it’s important to check forecasts frequently if you’re visiting during the summer months, and make sure to take shelter if any alerts arise. Check out the Red Cross’s tips on tornado safety.
Like any tropical climate, Florida’s weather unpredictability is just part of the charm. But with a little preparation, you can plan for water sports, kayaking, exploring, gorgeous pink sunsets, and piña coladas under warm sunshine... getting caught in the rain optional.