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Climate

Orlando has a warm and humid subtropical climate, and there are two major seasons each year. One of those seasons is hot and rainy, lasting from May until October (roughly coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season). The other is a cooler season (November through March) that brings more moderate temperatures and less frequent rainfall. The area's warm and humid climate is caused primarily by its low elevation and its position relatively close to the Tropic of Cancer, and much of its weather is affected by the movement of the Gulf Stream.

 

During the height of Orlando's very humid summer season, temperatures rarely fall below 70 F (21 C), and daytime highs average in the 90s (32-37 C). Although the city rarely records temperatures over 100 F (38 C), extreme humidity can push the heat index to over 110 F (45 C). The city's highest recorded temperature is 101 F (39 C), set July 2, 1998. During these months, strong afternoon thunderstorms occur almost daily. These storms are caused by air masses from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean colliding over Central Florida. They are highlighted by intense lightning and can also bring heavy rainfall (sometimes several inches per hour) and powerful winds as well as occasional damaging hail.

 

During the winter season, humidity is lower and temperatures are more moderate, and can fluctuate more readily. Average nighttime lows in January are around 50 F (10 C), and average daytime highs are about 72 F (22 C). Temperatures rarely reach below 32 F (0 C), though the city can drop below freezing once or twice a year. Because the winter season is dry and most freezing temperatures occur after cold fronts (and their accompanying precipitation) have passed, Orlando experiences no significant snowfall (no measurable snow has fallen since recording began at the airport in 1948). Very rarely the ingredients come together for flurries to occur, commonly ocean effect snow. The area west of Orlando recorded up to 2" in 1977, and reports of flurries in the Central Florida area include December 23, 1989 and January 24, 2003. [2]

 

The average annual rainfall in Orlando is 50.1 in. (128 cm), most of it occurring in the period from June to September. The months of December through May are Orlando's driest season. During this period (especially in its later months), there is often a wildfire hazard. During some years, fires have been severe. In 1998, an El Nio condition caused a usually wet January and February, followed by drought throughout the spring and early summer, causing a record wildfire season that created numerous air quality alerts in Orlando.

 

Orlando has a considerable hurricane risk, although it is not as high as it is in South Florida's urban corridor or other coastal regions. Since the city is located 42 miles (68 km) inland from the Atlantic and 77 miles (124 km) inland from the Gulf of Mexico,[9] hurricanes usually weaken before arriving. Storm surges are not a concern since the region is 100 ft (30 m) above sea level. Despite its location, the city does see strong hurricanes. During the notorious 2004 hurricane season, Orlando was hit by three hurricanes that caused significant damage, with Hurricane Charley the worst of these. The city also experienced widespread damage during Hurricane Donna in 1960.

 

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high F (C) (year) 87 (31) (1991) 90 (32) (1962) 92 (33) (1994) 96 (36) (1968) 100 (38) (1962) 100 (38) (1998) 101 (38) (1998) 100 (38) (1980) 98 (37) (1988) 95 (35) (1986) 89 (32) (1992) 90 (32) (1978) 101 (38) (1998)
Average high F (C) 72 (22) 73 (22) 77 (25) 83 (28) 88 (31) 91 (32) 92 (33) 92 (33) 89 (31) 84 (28) 77 (25) 73 (22) 83 (28)
Average low F (C) 50 (10) 51 (10) 55 (12) 61 (16) 67 (19) 71 (21) 73 (22) 73 (22) 72 (22) 65 (18) 56 (13) 51 (10) 62 (16)
Record low F (C) (year) 19 (-7) (1985) 26 (-3) (1996) 25 (-4) (1980) 38 (4) (1987) 48 (9) (1992) 53 (12) (1984) 64 (18) (1981) 64 (18) (1957) 56 (13) (1956) 43 (6) (1957) 29 (-2) (1950) 20 (-7) (1983) 19 (-7) (1985)
Average rainfall
in. (cm)
2.1 (5) 3.1 (7) 3.5 (8) 2.6 (6) 3.0 (7) 6.5 (16) 8.1 (20) 7.2 (18) 6.8 (17) 3.9 (9) 1.7 (4) 2.1 (5) 50.6 (128)
Record monthly rainfall
in. (cm)
6.4 (16) 6.8 (17) 10.5 (26) 6.2 (15) 8.6 (21) 18.3 (46) 19.6 (49) 16.1 (40) 12.2 (30) 14.1 (36) 6.4 (16) 4.7 (11) 68.7 (174)
Source: [3]. Temperature color representation based on Weather Underground.