Who says Florida doesn't have seasons? Here are both of them
Sunshine State experiences wet, dry seasons
ORLANDO, Fla. – Across most of the country, the year is broken up into four very different seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. But for the Sunshine State, the year is really broken up into only two seasons: wet and dry.
Wet season in Florida usually begins in late May and ends by mid-October. During these four-plus months, the state receives about 68 percent of its total rainfall for the year.
Sea breeze showers and storms are practically a daily afternoon occurrence. On average, the Orlando area racks up about 25-30 inches of precipitation during the season.
Average start of wet season:
- Orlando: May 27
- Sanford: May 27
- Daytona Beach: May 30
- Melbourne: May 28
Dry season normally kicks off with the first initial push of cooler air by a significant cold front.
This annual changeover brings down humidity values and ushers in a drier, more stable air mass, suppressing sea breezes from developing storms each afternoon.
Average start of dry season:
- Orlando: Oct. 15
- Daytona Beach: Oct. 15
- Sanford: Oct. 15
- Melbourne: Oct. 17
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