This report describes the typical weather at the Charlotte County Airport (Punta Gorda, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average year. It is based on the historical records from 1999 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Punta Gorda, 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 (64%), oceans and seas (15%), grasslands (12%), and forests (6%).
Over the course of a year, the temperature typically varies from 49Â°F to 90Â°F and is rarely below 38Â°F or above 94Â°F.
The warm season lasts from May 3 to October 7 with an average daily high temperature above 87Â°F. The hottest day of the year is June 8, with an average high of 90Â°F and low of 71Â°F.
The cold season lasts from December 8 to February 19 with an average daily high temperature below 76Â°F. The coldest day of the year is January 6, with an average low of 49Â°F and high of 73Â°F.
The length of the day varies significantly over the course of the year. The shortest day is December 21 with 10:27 hours of daylight; the longest day is June 20 with 13:50 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:33am on June 12 and the latest sunset is at 8:26pm on June 29. The latest sunrise is at 7:41am on March 11 and the earliest sunset is at 5:34pm on December 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in this location during 2012, starting in the spring on March 11 and ending in the fall on November 4.
The median cloud cover ranges from 8% (clear) to 20% (mostly clear). The sky is cloudiest on January 5 and clearest on April 12. The clearer part of the year begins around January 25. The cloudier part of the year begins around November 14.
On April 12, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 78% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 21% of the time.
On January 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast, mostly cloudy, or partly cloudy 36% of the time, and clear or mostly clear 61% of the time.
The probability that precipitation will be observed at this location varies throughout the year. Precipitation is most likely around July 26, occurring in 76% of days. Precipitation is least likely around December 6, occurring in 17% of days.
Over the entire year, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, moderate rain, and heavy rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 58% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 1, when it is observed during 60% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 21% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around February 27, when it is observed during 10% of all days.
Moderate rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 11% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around July 6, when it is observed during 6% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 10% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around July 11, when it is observed during 7% of all days.
During the warm season, which lasts from May 3 to October 7, there is a 61% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of thunderstorms (73% of days with precipitation have at worst thunderstorms), light rain (11%), heavy rain (8%), and moderate rain (8%).
During the cold season, which lasts from December 8 to February 19, there is a 19% average chance that precipitation will be observed at some point during a given day. When precipitation does occur it is most often in the form of light rain (48% of days with precipitation have at worst light rain), moderate rain (26%), heavy rain (17%), and thunderstorms (9%).
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at any time during the year at this location or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 41% (comfortable) to 96% (very humid) over the course of the year, rarely dropping below 29% (dry) and reaching as high as 100% (very humid).
The air is driest around April 15, at which time the relative humidity drops below 48% (comfortable) three days out of four; it is most humid around September 1, exceeding 94% (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 year, the dew point typically varies from 44Â°F (dry) to 76Â°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 29Â°F (dry) or above 78Â°F (oppressive).
There are two periods in the year that are most comfortable: The first is between January 1 and April 25 and the second is between November 6 and December 31. The air feels neither too dry nor too muggy during these periods.
Over the course of the year typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 16 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 22 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 9 mph (gentle breeze) occurs around March 30, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 16 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 5 mph (light breeze) occurs around August 3, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 13 mph (moderate breeze).