This report describes the typical weather at the Pensacola Naval Air Station (Pensacola, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 1974 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Pensacola, 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 (55%), forests (20%), croplands (16%), grasslands (7%), and built-up areas (3%).
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 72°F to 79°F over the course of the month, exceeding 83°F or dropping below 65°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of April, the length of the day is gradually increasing. From the start to the end of the month, the length of the day increases by 50 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.7 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:31 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 13:21 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:06am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 7:27pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 6:38am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:08pm on April 1.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in April, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover ranges from 54% (partly cloudy) to 59% (partly cloudy). The trend is for the sky to be clearing with the median cloud cover decreasing by 5% from the start to the end of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 39% of the time, partly cloudy 19% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 40% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 33%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and moderate rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 41% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around April 30, when it is observed during 15% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 39% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 10, when it is observed during 14% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 15% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 1, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in April or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 52% (mildly humid) to 90% (very humid) over the course of a typical April, rarely dropping below 28% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 14, at which time the relative humidity drops below 67% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 29, rising above 85% (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 April, the dew point typically varies from 47°F (dry) to 66°F (muggy) and is rarely below 31°F (dry) or above 73°F (very muggy).
The time of the month between April 1 and April 29 is the most comfortable, with dew points that are neither too dry nor too muggy.
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 1 mph to 16 mph (light air to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 23 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 13 mph (moderate breeze) occurs around April 9, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around April 30, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).