This report describes the typical weather at the Tampa Executive Airport (Tampa, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average August. 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 August is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 92°F throughout the month, exceeding 96°F or dropping below 87°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of August, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. The shortest day of the month is August 31 with 12:43 hours of daylight; the longest day is August 1 with 13:26 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:52am on August 1; the latest sunset is at 8:19pm on August 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:08am on August 31; the earliest sunset is at 7:51pm on August 31.
Daylight saving time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in August, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 19% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On August 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 57% of the time, partly cloudy 15% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 19% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 30%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout August, the most common forms of precipitation are heavy rain, light rain, and moderate rain.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 38% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 2, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 31% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 8, when it is observed during 10% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 30% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 28, when it is observed during 10% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in August or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 57% (mildly humid) to 98% (very humid) over the course of a typical August, rarely dropping below 46% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around August 3, at which time the relative humidity drops below 62% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around August 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 August, the dew point typically varies from 72°F (very muggy) to 78°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 69°F (muggy) or above 80°F (very oppressive).
Over the course of August typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 10 mph (calm to gentle breeze), rarely exceeding 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 3 mph (light breeze) occurs around August 31, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 10 mph (gentle breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 2 mph (light air) occurs around August 1, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 9 mph (gentle breeze).