This report describes the typical weather at the Tampa Executive Airport (Tampa, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average April. It is based on the historical records from 2001 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Tampa, 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 croplands (59%), grasslands (11%), oceans and seas (11%), forests (10%), and built-up areas (9%).
The month of April is characterized by rising daily high temperatures, with daily highs increasing from 82°F to 88°F over the course of the month, exceeding 92°F or dropping below 75°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 46 minutes, implying an average day-over-day increase of 1.5 minutes.
The shortest day of the month is April 1 with 12:28 hours of daylight; the longest day is April 30 with 13:14 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:50am on April 30; the latest sunset is at 8:04pm on April 30; the latest sunrise is at 7:19am on April 1; the earliest sunset is at 7:47pm 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 is 20% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On April 15, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 51% of the time, partly cloudy 12% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 22% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 12%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout April, the most common forms of precipitation are heavy rain, light rain, and moderate rain.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 40% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 26, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 32% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 30, when it is observed during 5% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 25% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around April 1, when it is observed during 4% 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 40% (comfortable) to 97% (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 21, at which time the relative humidity drops below 47% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around April 1, rising above 96% (very 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 52°F (very comfortable) to 68°F (muggy) and is rarely below 42°F (dry) or above 74°F (very muggy).
Over the course of April typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 11 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 17 mph (moderate breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 6, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 11 mph (gentle breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 4 mph (light breeze) occurs around April 29, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 mph (gentle breeze).