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This guide is about the average climate in the state of Florida. It covers average temperatures, precipitation, hours of sunshine and sea temperatures - all month-by-month.
Florida is a big state, and its climate varies somewhat from region to region. Click on the Köppen map below to expand.
Florida is known as the 'sunshine state' - and for good reason (see hours of sunshine below). The clement climate is one of the main reasons that foreigners move to Florida.
Be warned, though, if you don't deal well with humidity then Florida may not be the state for you. Florida's average daily humidity floats around 70% throughout the state and can easily climb into the 80s or 90s.
Florida is the most hurricane-prone state in the US. Hurricane season runs from the beginning of June until the end of November.
Hurricanes can cause great damage to people, livestock and property.
If a hurricane is predicted to hit the state, it will be categorised by the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, summarised below. For much more detail about the possible consequences of each category of hurricane, read this PDF.
|Category||Wind speed||Damage summary|
|1||119-153 km/h (74-95 mph)||Very dangerous winds will produce some damage|
|2||154-177 km/h (96-110 mph)||Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage|
|3||178-208 km/h (111-129 mph)||Devastating damage will occur|
|4||209-251 km/h (130-156 mph)||Catastrophic damage will occur|
|5||>252 kp/h (>157 mph)||Catastrophic damage will occur|
Florida's tornado seasons run from June until September and February until April.
The state gets around 55 tornadoes a year (which makes it the 4th of 50 states when it comes to tornado frequency), with an average of two deaths caused per year by tornado.
Earthquakes are extremely rare in Florida. According to the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in Florida, there have only been 24 24 "seismic events" that we know of since 1727. Only a few of these are thought to have been actual earthquakes.
You can read about why earthquakes are so rare in Florida here.
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If you like sun and warmth then Florida has both to spare. Sub-tropical climates do come at a cost, though: hurricane insurance and a good set of waterproofs are a must.
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I hope you have found this guide useful. If you need any further help, please contact me.Francine Carrel 28 September 2016
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