Orlando, Florida Weather Facts, Averages and Records
Presented here are weather facts, averages and records for the city of Orlando, Florida. Included in the data are average and record weather temperatures, rain records and annual averages and snowfall total averages and records for Orlando.
Orlando is one of the biggest tourist destination cities in the world mainly due to Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando. People also like to travel to Orlando to escape the cold and snow of winter. Add those two factors together and one can see why Orlando is visited by close to 50 million people a year who fill up all the hotels and motels in the area.
Image Source by chensiyuan (Epcot Center at Disney World in Orlando, Florida)
The weather data for Orlando, 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 Orlando, Florida
Record hottest temperature ever recorded in Orlando, Florida is 101 degrees which occurred on July 2, 1998.
Record coldest temperature ever recorded in Orlando is 19 degrees which occurred in January 21, 1985. Many coldest temperatures throughout Florida occurred on this date.
The average annual temperature for Orlando is a comfortable 72.42 degrees. That makes Orlando the 7th hottest weather city in the United States.
The average annual temperature for January is 59.8 degrees and climbs to 62.4 degrees for February. The hottest month is August with an average temperature of 82.7 degrees with July just behind at 82.6 degrees.
The average annual daily high temperature for Orlando is 82.8 degrees.
The average annual daily low temperature for Orlando is 62.5 degrees.
Rainfall Data for Orlando, Florida
The average annual rainfall total for Orlando is 49.96.
The rainiest year on record is 1960 with 68.58 inches of rain.
The driest year on record is 2000 with 30.38 inches of rain.
The rainiest month on average is June with 7.73 inches of rain followed by July with 7.35 inches of rain.
The driest month on average is November with 2.15 inches of rain followed by February with 2.28. Generally the best time to go and see Disney World and stay dry while visiting Mickey Mouse and friends is anytime of the year except for summer - June, July, August and September.
Snowfall Totals for Orlando, Florida
Snow is a very rare occurrence in Orlando but not unheard of. On January 17, 1977 up to 6 inches of snow fell in the Orlando area during a freak snowstorm.
On December 23, 1989 the city received wet snow that lasted through Christmas in some areas.
On January 9, 2010 the Orlando area had some snow flurries.
Sunshine Totals in Orlando, Florida
The city of Orlando, Florida receives 70% of all its possible sunshine annually. Other cities in the United States at 70% sunshine levels include Miami, Florida, Abilene, Texas and Dodge City, Kansas. Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean also has 70% sunshine levels.
With plenty of sunshine and warm weather in the winter months and the lure of Disney World for the kids the hotels, condos, and motels in the Orlando area fill up with snow-birds looking to escape the cold northern winters.
Extreme Weather in Orlando
Like almost every other city in Florida Orlando receives its share of thunderstorms every year. Tornadoes are a real threat in Orlando and in 1998 42 people were killed and in 2007 21 more people died in the area from tornadoes.
Since Orlando is inland from the ocean it is somewhat protected from hurricanes which lose steam once they move inland. Nevertheless the city has experienced significant damages from hurricanes over the years.
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