Newcomers to Tampa will enjoy pleasant weather all year round Tampa is officially said to have a humid subtropical climate but there are aspects of the weather here that verge on tropical, especially close to the waterfront areas. As is the case throughout much of Florida, Tampa’s climate features hot, humid summers marked by frequent thunderstorms, and mild and dry winters. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant.
Most of the annual rains in Tampa fall between the months of June and September. In terms of temperatures, annual highs range between 65–95°F (18–35°C) throughout the year and rarely exceed 100°F (38°C). The city’s proximity to large bodies of water accounts for both its moderate temperatures and high levels of humidity during the summer season. Areas further away from the coast experience greater fluctuations in temperature and weather patterns.
The hot and wet season starts in May and runs through to October. Seasonal highs are around 90°F (32°C) with lows in averaging 70°F (24°C) with high levels of humidity and the likelihood of thunderstorms on a daily basis. Summer thunderstorms feature brief periods of heavy rainfall, strong winds and lightning. Afternoon storms tend to be followed by pleasant, clear weather and cooler evening temperatures, while morning storms usually bring extreme humidity levels. At times, storms can be quite intense bringing damaging wind, hail and torrential rain as well as the occasional tornado.
The drier months in Tampa begin in November and last till the end of April. Weather during these months tends to be sunny and mild but temperatures do start to drop slightly. While the skies remain clear, Highs during the coolest part of the winter drop to an average of around 70°F (21°C). Tampa residents may also experience the odd cold front which brings with it rain followed by a few colder days.
► New arrivals hoping to find their bearings in the city should read our Getting Around in Tampa page
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