Average Weather at Orlando Sanford International Airport Florida, United States
At Orlando Sanford International Airport, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, cool, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 50°F to 91°F and is rarely below 37°F or above 95°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Orlando Sanford International Airport for warm-weather activities are from mid March to mid May and from mid October to early December.
The hot season lasts for 4.2 months, from May 19 to September 24, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is July 22, with an average high of 91°F and low of 75°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 4 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 50°F and high of 70°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
At Orlando Sanford International Airport, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year at Orlando Sanford International Airport begins around September 29 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around June 6. On May 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 65% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 35% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 6 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around September 29. On July 12, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 34% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days at Orlando Sanford International Airport varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from May 28 to October 1, with a greater than 41% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 65% on August 10.
The drier season lasts 7.8 months, from October 1 to May 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% on November 21.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 65% on August 10.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Orlando Sanford International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year at Orlando Sanford International Airport. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 26, with an average total accumulation of 5.8 inches.
The least rain falls around November 11, with an average total accumulation of 1.9 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day at Orlando Sanford International Airport varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 19 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 59 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:26 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 13 minutes later at 7:39 AM on March 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:27 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 60 minutes later at 8:27 PM on June 30.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed at Orlando Sanford International Airport during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Orlando Sanford International Airport experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.3 months, from April 29 to November 7, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 28% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 1, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 5% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed at Orlando Sanford International Airport experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.2 months, from September 29 to June 4, with average wind speeds of more than 7.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.8 months, from June 4 to September 29. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.6 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction at Orlando Sanford International Airport varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 3.6 months, from March 11 to June 29 and for 2.5 months, from August 9 to October 24, with a peak percentage of 50% on September 24. The wind is most often from the south for 1.4 months, from June 29 to August 9, with a peak percentage of 36% on July 19. The wind is most often from the north for 3.7 months, from October 24 to February 16, with a peak percentage of 35% on January 1.
Orlando Sanford International Airport is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 4.1 months, from June 10 to October 14, with an average temperature above 79°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 29, with an average temperature of 82°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from December 19 to April 11, with an average temperature below 71°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 25, with an average temperature of 68°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is at Orlando Sanford International Airport throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Orlando Sanford International Airport for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid March to mid May and from mid October to early December, with a peak score in the third week of April.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Orlando Sanford International Airport for hot-weather activities are from late April to mid June and from mid September to late October, with a peak score in the third week of May.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen at Orlando Sanford International Airport over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 16, with a 62% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms at Orlando Sanford International Airport should appear around January 10, only rarely appearing before January 7 or after January 15.
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.1 months, from April 3 to June 6, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 2, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 10 to January 31, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.0 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 3.3 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Orlando Sanford International Airport are 28.776 deg latitude, -81.245 deg longitude, and 23 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Orlando Sanford International Airport is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 52 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 33 feet. Within 10 miles is essentially flat (98 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (305 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Orlando Sanford International Airport is covered by artificial surfaces (79%) and cropland (13%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (52%) and herbaceous vegetation (26%), and within 50 miles by herbaceous vegetation (28%) and water (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather at Orlando Sanford International Airport, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
Orlando Sanford International Airport has a weather station that reported reliably enough during the analysis period that we have included it in our network. When available, historical temperature and dew point measurements are taken directly from this weather station. These records are obtained from NOAA's Integrated Surface Hourly data set, falling back on ICAO METAR records as required.
In the case of missing or erroneous measurements from this station, we fall back on records from nearby stations, adjusted according to typical seasonal and diurnal intra-station differences. For a given day of the year and hour of the day, the fallback station is selected to minimize the prediction error over the years for which there are measurements for both stations.
The stations on which we may fall back include but are not limited to Executive Airport; Orlando International Airport; Daytona Beach International Airport; Leesburg International Airport; NASA Shuttle Facility; Titusville, NASA Shuttle Landing Facility; Port Canaveral North Heliport; and The Villages.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .