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    Having walked out into the usual wall of humidity at 7.30 this morning, I thought it might be worth posting a few thoughts for anyone heading (or thinking of heading) to Floride in the summer months about what to expect of the weather, as it tends to be drastically different to most of Europe.

    Just to start with, it's hot. Like really, really hot. Think 93-96F (34-36C), and it doesn't cool down a whole lot at night (76F/24C is a typical 'low' overnight). Then you have to add in the humidity, which can reach 90% at times in this sub-tropical climate. Florida is surrounded by water, hence there are huge amounts of moisture in the atmosphere and, when it's hot, this really adds to the heat. That means the thermometer might SAY it's 93/34, but it actually FEELS like 100/38, or more. It doesn't cool down a lot in the shade during the hottest parts of the day because of the humidity, hence it is VITAL to take breaks from the outdoors and drink LOTS of water (you will sweat a LOT, and then sweat some more! Without realising it, you can become seriously dehydrated, and be a prime candidate for sunstroke, which is the biggest danger in summer).

    Even going out early in the morning is not necessarily the recipe for cool travelling (although it helps). It was 79F/26C at 8.30am today, and 85/29 by 9.30. The mornings tend to be largely cloud-free, hence that quick heat-up, which then brings us to the other main feature of summer weather in Florida - cloud and thunderstorms.

    With all that humidity, the sun quickly turns the state into a thunderstorm waiting to happen on a daily basis. That means the weather forecast, from June to October, will look something like this, with the percentage chance of a thunderstorm 30-40% (it's often 50-70%):



    Don't be TOO alarmed at the forecast for rain /storms every day, though. Most of this will be highly localised, which means they will be past and gone in an hour, or they will be a few miles down the road and won't bother you at all. What the forecasters are saying is that there WILL be rain and stormy whether somewhere in central Florida during the course of the day, but that could mean it will rain on the Magic Kingdom but not SeaWorld or Universal (or vice versa). You WILL see a major thunderstorm at some stage, though, and they can be quite intense and spectacular with a LOT of thunder and lightning.

    Finally, having mentioned lightning, it is worth pointing out that Florida is the Lightning Capital of the World. We get more lightning here than anywhere else on earth and people get killed by it EVERY year, especially on the coast. The outdoor rides and water parks will shut down if there is lightning reported within five miles, and that's the cue to get under cover. Do not try to brave it or think it's fun. We haven't had any lightning strikes that have affected visitors at the theme parks but that doesn't mean it couldn't happen, so react accordingly.

    And now, get out there and have fun! Seriously, as long as you are forewarned about the weather you can cope with it, and take those breaks you need, especially in the afternoons. Oh and one final thing. You probably won't think to carry a sweater, but they DO come in handy when you go into a restaurant where the air-conditioning can be cranked up to Arctic levels and you might freeze!

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    Good information there, having been in August a couple of times I know how hard it can be. It's worse because for many in the UK it's the natural time to go with the summer holiday's.
    It wouldn't be practical for us anymore, before mid August it's also busy so you have the weather and the crowds against you, not to mention flights are expensive. It's the worst combination of factors.
    Naturally doesn't mean you won't still have a fab time but if you can avoid the summer months it's advisable.
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    If you're coming to Orlando this summer, based on the weather we've had for the last three weeks you might want to pack an inflatable boat.

    So much rain. It's thundering down as I'm typing, ruining countless Independence Day celebrations. As locals, we love it. As visitors, you might want your sturdy rain gear.











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    Drink lots and then drink some more. The line we've always used is that if you don't need to pee then you are probably dehydrated!
    5 Trips to Florida, Christmas in LA, Disneyland Paris twice and odd days here and there.

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