Jacksonville, Florida Weather Facts, Averages and Records
Presented here are weather facts, averages and records for the city of Jacksonville, Florida. Included in the data are average and record weather temperatures, rain records and annual averages and snowfall total averages and records for Jacksonville.
Jacksonville is a big winter retreat for many northerners who escape to the area and fill up the local hotels, motels, restaurants and tourist attractions in northern Florida especially in February when the Daytona 500 runs. The weather data presented here for Jacksonville clearly shows why this is so.
The weather data for Jacksonville, Florida was collected by the Southeast Regional Climate Center located at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, NC. The data covers the years 1948 to 2010.
Temperature Data for Jacksonville, Florida
Record hottest temperature ever recorded in Jacksonville, Florida is 105 degrees which occurred on July 21, 1942.
Record coldest temperature ever recorded in Tampa is 7 degrees which occurred in January 21, 1985.
The average annual temperature for Jacksonville is a comfortable 68.8 degrees. The average annual temperature for January is 53.8 degrees and climbs to 56.3 degrees for February. The hottest month is July with an average temperature of 82.4 degrees with August just behind at 81.7 degrees.
The average annual daily high temperature for Miami is 79.3 degrees.
The average annual daily low temperature for Miami is 58.2 degrees
Rainfall Data for Jacksonville, Florida
The average annual rainfall total for Jacksonville is 52.59.
The rainiest year on record is 1991 with 79.63 inches of rain.
The driest year on record is 1990 with 31.2 inches of rain.
The rainiest month on average is September with 7.87 inches of rain followed by August with 7.22 inches of rain.
The driest month on average is November with 1.91 inches of rain followed by December with 2.65.
Snowfall Totals for Jacksonville, Florida
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Dating back to the late 1700's instances of snow in Jacksonville have been recorded.
On January 11, 1800 reports of up to 5 inches of snow near Jacksonville exist. That is by far the highest snow total ever in the area.
Snow accumulations of up .5 inches were recorded in Jacksonville in the years 1852, 1855, 1869, 1873, 1893 and 1895.
During the Great Blizzard of 1899 some 2 inches of snow fell in Jacksonville.
Lights snow fell in Jacksonville during the winters of 1901 and 1907. On February 13, 1958 1.5 inches of snow fell in the city.
On March 2, 1980 and March 1, 1986 up to .5 inches of snow fell in Jacksonville.
On December 23, 1989 snow fell in Jacksonville and gave the city its only White Christmas in recorded history.
On December 26, 2010 Jacksonville had minor snow and sleet accumulations.
Sunshine Totals in Jacksonville, Florida
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The city of Jacksonville, Florida receives 63% of all its possible sunshine annually. Other cities in the United States at 63% sunshine levels include Wilmington, North Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina and Richmond, Virginia.
With plenty of sunshine and warm weather in the winter the hotels, condos, motels and beaches in the Jacksonville area fill up with snow-birds looking to escape the cold northern winters.
Extreme Weather in Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Florida gets its share of thunderstorms every year and though the city has only been directly hit once by a hurricane it does sometimes feel the effects of nearby hurricanes.
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