Climate and Weather Florida's official nickname, the "Sunshine State", reflects the importance of climate to its visitors. One of the most important natural resources, Florida's climate is usually pleasant. Summers throughout the state are long, warm, and relatively humid. Winters are mild with periodic invasions of cool to occasionally cold air. Coastal areas in all sections of Florida average slightly warmer temperatures in winter and cooler ones in summer.
Florida's humid climate is attributed to the fact that no point in the state is more than 60 miles from salt water, and no more than 345 feet above sea level. Humidity is the degree of wetness or dryness of the air and is measured by a percentage ratio called "relative humidity." The warmer the air becomes, the more moisture it can hold, therefore, a person can feel the humidity on a warm day with 80 percent humidity than on a cold day with the same humidity.
Sunshine and blue skies are almost always a fact of life in Florida, at any time of year. There are, however, two climatic zones – subtropical in the south and warm temperate in the north. Summer in the south (Orlando and below) is humid with afternoon storms; the peak season is in the winter when temperatures are warm and there is little humidity. Summer is the peak season north of Orlando but temperatures are usually comfortably warm; the crowds arrive in the summer when the weather gets hotter and more humid.
Central Florida With 95 theme parks and attractions, it would take a visitor more than two months to see everything in Orlando. Sure, you know we’re home to some of the largest theme parks in the world, but did you know that Orlando also boasts first-rate entertainment complexes with state-of-the-art movie theaters, a science center, parks and gardens, and an array of other entertaining, educational and unique attractions?