This report describes the typical weather at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport (Destin, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average October. It is based on the historical records from 1998 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Destin, Florida has a warm humid temperate climate with hot summers and no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (50%), croplands (38%), forests (8%), and grasslands (3%).
The month of October is characterized by falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 83°F to 75°F over the course of the month, exceeding 87°F or dropping below 68°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of October, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day decreases by 53 minutes, implying an average day-over-day decrease of 1.7 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is October 31 with 10:58 hours of daylight; the longest day is October 1 with 11:51 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:40am on October 1; the latest sunset is at 6:31pm on October 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:00am on October 31; the earliest sunset is at 5:58pm on October 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in October, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 4% (clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On October 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 70% of the time, partly cloudy 4% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 20% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the month. Precipitation is most likely around October 1, occurring in 28% of days. Precipitation is least likely around October 27, occurring in 23% of days.
Throughout October, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, heavy rain, light rain, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 29% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around October 1, when it is observed during 11% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around October 19, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around October 31, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around October 31, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in October or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 50% (mildly humid) to 88% (very humid) over the course of a typical October, rarely dropping below 29% (dry) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around October 24, at which time the relative humidity drops below 63% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around October 13, rising above 84% (humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical October, the dew point typically varies from 49°F (dry) to 69°F (muggy) and is rarely below 34°F (dry) or above 76°F (oppressive).
Over the course of October typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 12 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 8 mph (light breeze) occurs around October 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 12 mph (gentle breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around October 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).