Average Weather in Port Charlotte Florida, United States
In Port Charlotte, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, cool, windy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 52°F to 90°F and is rarely below 40°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Port Charlotte for warm-weather activities are from mid February to early May and from mid October to late December.
The hot season lasts for 4.7 months, from May 14 to October 5, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 8, with an average high of 90°F and low of 75°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.7 months, from December 8 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 76°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 52°F and high of 73°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
In Port Charlotte, 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 in Port Charlotte begins around October 8 and lasts for 7.7 months, ending around May 31. On February 24, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 67% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 33% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around May 31 and lasts for 4.3 months, ending around October 8. On July 7, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 68% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 32% 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 in Port Charlotte varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.0 months, from May 28 to September 30, with a greater than 42% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 72% on August 4.
The drier season lasts 8.0 months, from September 30 to May 28. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on November 22.
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 72% on August 4.
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. Port Charlotte experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Port Charlotte. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 28, with an average total accumulation of 5.9 inches.
The least rain falls around December 2, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Port Charlotte varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 27 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 51 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:33 AM on June 9, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 8 minutes later at 7:42 AM on March 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:34 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 52 minutes later at 8:26 PM on July 2.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Port Charlotte 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
Port Charlotte experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.1 months, from April 12 to November 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 35% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 4, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 14% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Port Charlotte experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 23 to May 16, with average wind speeds of more than 7.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 13, with an average hourly wind speed of 9.9 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 16 to September 23. The calmest day of the year is July 21, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Port Charlotte varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 9.3 months, from February 28 to December 6, with a peak percentage of 52% on September 24. The wind is most often from the north for 2.8 months, from December 6 to February 28, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Port Charlotte 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 4.0 months, from June 9 to October 10, with an average temperature above 82°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 86°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.2 months, from December 21 to March 27, with an average temperature below 70°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 5, with an average temperature of 66°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Port Charlotte 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 Port Charlotte for general outdoor tourist activities are from mid February to early May and from mid October to late December, with a peak score in the second 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 Port Charlotte for hot-weather activities are from mid April to early June and from late 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 in Port Charlotte over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 12, with a 76% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Port Charlotte should appear around January 8, only rarely appearing before January 6 or after January 12.
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 1.8 months, from April 1 to May 28, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 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 2.6 months, from November 11 to January 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 3.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Port Charlotte are 26.976 deg latitude, -82.091 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Port Charlotte is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 13 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (36 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (203 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Port Charlotte is covered by artificial surfaces (79%) and water (14%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (48%) and water (19%), and within 50 miles by water (35%) and cropland (24%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Port Charlotte, 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
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Port Charlotte.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Port Charlotte according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Port Charlotte is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Port Charlotte and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Punta Gorda Airport (82%, 12 kilometers, southeast); Venice Municipal Airport (15%, 36 kilometers, west); and Bartow Municipal Airport (2.8%, 113 kilometers, north).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .