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Weather in Florida

Humid Subtropical Climate

Orlando lies within the humid subtropical zone, which includes all but the southern tip of Florida and extends north through Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and parts of Virginia to Washington DC, and also extends westwards to include Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, much of Tennessee and Arkansas and the eastern coastal regions of Texas.

Map of Humid Subtropical Zones in the USA

Humid subtropical climates are characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.

Orlando's Climate

In Orlando, the year is divided into two seasons: a summer season in which days start off hot, sunny and humid with a 50% chance of a thunderstorm later on in the afternoon, which quickly gives way to more sunshine but fresher weather during the evening; and a mild dry winter season, which is one of the warmest in the United States.

These conditions give rise to a climate that makes Orlando a perfect holiday destination at any time throughout the year. More detailed information on different aspects of Orlando's climate can be found on the following pages:

  1. Sunshine
  2. Temperature
  3. Rainfall
  4. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
  5. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
  6. Sunrise and Sunset
  7. Timezone

Extreme Weather

Although Orlando has a hurricane season that runs from 1st June to 30th November, it should be emphasised that hurricanes in Orlando are extremely rare: there is on average a category 1 hurricane once every 10 years; a category 2 hurricane once every 25 years; and a category 3 hurricane once every 25 years. No category 4 or 5 hurricanes have been recorded anywhere close to Orlando in at least the last 150 years.

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