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Orlando Florida Climate

Florida is a large strip of land between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It is known as the panhandle.  It shares it's border on the north with the states of Alabama and Georgia, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, with Alabama. It is close to the Caribbean, in particular the Bahamas and Cuba.

The intensity of the sun is much stronger than in europe and the northern parts of the USA and Canada. So much so that you can still get sun burnt even though there is a covering of cloud. It is recommended that you use a high factor sun block especially for the first few days.

Mother nature didn't bless Florida with mountains and valleys but it did give it wonderful, natural, white sandy beaches and blue, crystal clear lagoons and a mass of exotic fauna and flora. She also blessed Florida with an average of 300 full days of sunshine a year.

The Dry Season (Autumn/Winter) runs from around October to March, where the rainfall is at it's lowest and the humidity too.

 

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg 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
Avg 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
Rain Fall 
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

50.01
128

Average Daily Temperatures and Rainfall.

 

Thunderstorms & Lightning

As well as the "Sunshine State" Florida is also known as the Lightning capital of the USA too and they have some spectaular displays during thunderstorms. They take it very seriously and if you look around wherever you are you will see lightning conductors everywhere. Even the cabanas and shades in the water parks, which by the way, get everyone out of the water when a storm is due. If you are outside when a storm starts it is advisable to go inside. Normally these storms are pretty short lived.

Air-Conditioning & Florida

Air-conditioning is essential during the summer and is very welcome. Everywhere has AC and sometimes it is a bit too cold in the bars and restaurants, so it is advisable to take something to wear if you are dining out. When you step outside from these places the warm night air feels lovely. The locals look forward to the winter when they can turn off the AC and let some fresh air into their homes.

AC in cars is a godsend, especially if you have been visiting a theme park all day and reurn to your car to find something resembling an oven! I open the door, start the engine and turn the AC on full and close the doors till it cools down a bit before getting in.

Overall the climate in Orlando and Florida is wonderful and that makes it such a great place to visit, work and live.

 

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