Despite a preponderance of sunshine all year round, Florida has a rainy season between June and September, when it is prone to thunderstorms, tropical storms, cyclones and tornadoes. During the height of summer (June, July and August) the tropical south of Florida can become very hot and sticky, with high humidity.
Snow is almost unheard of in Florida, though it has been known as a freak weather event in the Panhandle region in the north. The State’s Atlantic coastline, and the Gulf of Mexico, together with its many inland bodies of water, are responsible for the relatively high humidity and heavy rainfall.
In north Florida, which is cooler and drier all year round, the best weather is to be had in the summer between June and early September, when the south is awash with rainstorms and too hot for comfort. Take note that there is the risk of hurricanes and tropical storms between June and November along the Florida coast, and that the US bank holidays, such as Easter, Memorial Day, 4th July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, are extremely busy times, particularly at the Orlando and Tampa themed attractions.
For some excellent holiday deals consider the shoulder seasons of spring (April/May) and autumn (September/October/November) when the heat is moderate and conditions pleasant. Fashion in Florida has two sides to it– casual and elegant; while some go purely for comfort, the who's who in Miami are famous for their dress-to-impress style.
However, the nightlife scene is one of the best in the states, where a little style goes a long way, so it’s advisable to take something smart for a special night out. Events: In honor of spring Walt Disney World holds its annual Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, boasting 30 million blooms.
Events: It’s time to go to the movies in Florida in April, with celebrities making a showing at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in the first week of the month, and the Florida Film Festival on the go in Orlando. June marks the start of the hurricane season, so check weather forecasts before travelling to Florida.
The heat index soars as temperatures hit the highs, the daily thunderstorms offering little relief from the sticky conditions. High temperatures, frequent thunderstorms and soaring humidity levels combine to make conditions uncomfortable, but this does not deter the millions of holiday-makers who flock to Florida in August to enjoy what is historically one of the most crowded months of the year, particularly at the theme parks.
Rain continues to be abundant, but it is a good month to visit the theme parks when the summer crowds have dissipated. Sunshine and smiles are the order of the days as the festive season approaches and crowds converge on the theme parks for special presentations in the early part of the month.