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Weather Patterns in Florida

Many people believe the weather in Florida is always perfect. Tourist brochures show perfectly sunny weather leading tourists to believe that Florida and Florida beaches are always sunny and warm. Florida has many weather patterns that present quite a challenge to the people living in the state year round or to long term visitors.

Tampa - Lightning capital of the North America

Summertime in Florida is hot and humid. This heat and humidity causes clear days to turn cloudy. Later in the day, Atlantic and Gulf Sea winds interact with each other creating massive regular thundershowers nearly every afternoon and evening. The Tampa Bay Area is recognized as the "Lightning Capital of North America".

Hurricanes and tropical storms

From June to November, it is hurricane season. Tropical storms and hurricanes do not always hit the Florida coast, but Florida’s weather is impacted even by hurricanes and tropical storms that do not directly hit the state. Any tropical storm or hurricane in or close to the gulf or the southern Atlantic brings rain and heavy winds to one of Florida’s coasts. When a hurricane does hit, the impact is enormous.


Winter temperatures in Florida vary considerably from the north to the south and from day to day. Northern Florida experiences below freezing tempers and snow. In the southern part of the state such as the Florida Keys or Miami, temperature can drop at night but are over all warmer. Winter in Florida is the dryer of the seasons.


Tropical storms, hurricanes and thundershowers make summer Florida’s wet season. Because Southern Florida is close to the equator, the days are long leaving lots of room for sunshine even on days that turn rainy.

St. Petersburg and the Florida keys are both known for having above average winter sunshine. Even with all the rain and weather patterns in Florida deserves its nickname, ‘The Sunshine State”.