They don’t call Florida the “Sunshine State” for no reason. Florida is best known for its sunny weather and warm temperatures which make it the perfect location to enjoy the outdoors, especially the beach. Florida is known for it’s warm sub-tropical climate with mild winters and long, hot, rainy summers. The north region is more of a humid subtropical as opposed to the south region which is considered tropical savanna.
Florida’s Climate is affected by ocean, it’s close proximity to the equator, and it’s low elevation. Florida’s Climate is dominated by the water surrounding it with the Atlantic Ocean on the East and the Gulf of Mexico on the West. The southern areas of Florida have a more tropical climate, being closer to the equator, while central and northern Florida is Sub-Tropical. Florida’s high humidity makes the temperature seem hotter than the 90’s in the state during the summer months. Summer is the rainy season with a good chance of afternoon thunderstorms. The peak of Hurricane season in Florida is in the mid to late summer months.
Highest Temperature recorded: 109 F degrees (Monticello, 1931)
Lowest Temperature recorded: -2 F degrees ( Tallahassee, 1899)
Greatest Snowfall recorded: 4 inches (Lake Butler, 1899)
Largest Rainfall recorded: 38.7 inches in 24 hours (Yankeetown, 1950)
Visit the Florida Climate Center, official Office of the State Climatologist website for detailed Florida Climate information.