Orlando, also known as “The City Beautiful,” was founded in 1875. It is noted as the “Vacation Capital of the World” as well as a major worldwide trade and shipping center for citrus fruit.
Orlando's attractions are world-renowned and guaranteed to bring the “kid” out in all of us. It is home to Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World and Bush Gardens just to name a few. Walt Disney certainly knew what he was doing. Florida, even without its many theme parks, is an ideal place to visit in the cooler months.
The best times to visit Orlando are fall, winter and spring. It is during these seasons that you’ll most enjoy all that this great city has to offer. Orlando has some very delightful weather in the months from October to May with a great deal of sunshine and a relatively low risk of rain.
Overall, the state of Florida is noted for its mild climate and abundant sunshine. However, it is also the state most subject to hurricanes, which can cause great damage, as did Andrew (1992) and Opal (1995).
During late summer and early fall, all eyes turn to the tropics. Tropical systems, whether they are categorized as tropical waves, depressions, tropical storms or hurricanes, all threaten Florida with very wet, squally weather. When the tropics quiet down, delightful weather usually follows in late fall. November is the second driest month with an average of just six days rainfall and an average total of 1.65 inches of precipitation.
During the winter, most of the rain results from cold fronts associated with storms that pass to the north. Blue sky and sunshine typically follow with very pleasant daytime temperatures and low humidities. Occasionally, strong cold fronts can bring breezy and chilly conditions but these cold spells are usually brief.
Spring comes early to Florida. April usually brings with it lots of sunshine and warm daytime temperatures. In many years this weather even begins in March! April by far is the driest month in Orlando with an average of only six days of measurable rainfall and an average total of just 1.30 inches.
By June, heat and humidity are a daily occurrence that results in frequent thunderstorms and heavy downpours. This pattern continues through the summer with average rainfall occurring about every other day and an average total precipitation over seven inches for each of the summer months. To avoid summer crowds, go to theme parks on rainy days. It'll help keep you cool in the summer and afternoon thunderstorms often clear up as quickly as they begin.
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So if you’re dreading the approach of winter and planning a fall get-away to Orlando like thousands of other Americans, be sure to check out Intellicast’s Travel Planner before you go!