Climate and Average Weather Year Round in Sarasota Florida, United States
In Sarasota, 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 53°F to 90°F and is rarely below 39°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Sarasota for warm-weather activities are from late February to mid May and from late October to early December.
Climate in Sarasota
The hot season lasts for 4.6 months, from May 21 to October 7, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest month of the year in Sarasota is August, with an average high of 89°F and low of 75°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 9 to March 2, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest month of the year in Sarasota is January, with an average low of 53°F and high of 71°F.
Average High and Low Temperature in Sarasota
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 Sarasota
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In Sarasota, 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 Sarasota begins around October 5 and lasts for 8.0 months, ending around June 5.
The clearest month of the year in Sarasota is February, during which on average the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 5 and lasts for 4.0 months, ending around October 5.
The cloudiest month of the year in Sarasota is July, during which on average the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 66% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories in Sarasota
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A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Sarasota varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from June 5 to September 28, with a greater than 42% chance of a given day being a wet day. The month with the most wet days in Sarasota is August, with an average of 20.4 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from September 28 to June 5. The month with the fewest wet days in Sarasota is November, with an average of 4.6 days with at least 0.04 inches of precipitation.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. The month with the most days of rain alone in Sarasota is August, with an average of 20.4 days. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 70% on August 2.
Daily Chance of Precipitation in Sarasota
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. Sarasota experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Sarasota. The month with the most rain in Sarasota is August, with an average rainfall of 5.6 inches.
The month with the least rain in Sarasota is November, with an average rainfall of 1.5 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall in Sarasota
The length of the day in Sarasota varies over the course of the year. In 2022, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 25 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 52 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight in Sarasota
The earliest sunrise is at 6:34 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 9 minutes later at 7:43 AM on November 5. The earliest sunset is at 5:35 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 54 minutes later at 8:29 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Sarasota during 2022, starting in the spring on March 13, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 6.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in Sarasota
The figure below presents a compact representation of the sun's elevation (the angle of the sun above the horizon) and azimuth (its compass bearing) for every hour of every day in the reporting period. The horizontal axis is the day of the year and the vertical axis is the hour of the day. For a given day and hour of that day, the background color indicates the azimuth of the sun at that moment. The black isolines are contours of constant solar elevation.
Solar Elevation and Azimuth in Sarasota
The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for 2022. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases.
Moon Rise, Set & Phases in Sarasota
We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.
Sarasota experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.2 months, from April 8 to November 16, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 36% of the time. The month with the most muggy days in Sarasota is August, with 30.9 days that are muggy or worse.
The month with the fewest muggy days in Sarasota is January, with 4.9 days that are muggy or worse.
Humidity Comfort Levels in Sarasota
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This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.
The average hourly wind speed in Sarasota experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.8 months, from September 19 to May 13, with average wind speeds of more than 8.5 miles per hour. The windiest month of the year in Sarasota is November, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.2 months, from May 13 to September 19. The calmest month of the year in Sarasota is July, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.4 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed in Sarasota
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Sarasota varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 3.0 months, from March 14 to June 14; for 3.2 months, from August 3 to November 10; and for 6.0 days, from November 24 to November 30, with a peak percentage of 51% on September 24. The wind is most often from the west for 1.6 months, from June 14 to August 3, with a peak percentage of 33% on July 6. The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 weeks, from November 10 to November 24 and for 3.5 months, from November 30 to March 14, with a peak percentage of 41% on November 10.
Wind Direction in Sarasota
Sarasota 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 significant 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 month of the year in Sarasota with the warmest water is August, 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 month of the year in Sarasota with the coolest water is February, with an average temperature of 66°F.
Average Water Temperature in Sarasota
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Sarasota 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 Sarasota for general outdoor tourist activities are from late February to mid May and from late October to early December, with a peak score in the second week of April.
Tourism Score in Sarasota
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 Sarasota for hot-weather activities are from late April to early June and for the entire month of October, with a peak score in the third week of May.
Beach/Pool Score in Sarasota
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.
Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Sarasota over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 16, with a 74% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in Sarasota
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Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Sarasota should appear around January 8, only rarely appearing before January 5 or after January 13.
Growing Degree Days in Sarasota
This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.
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 1.9 months, from April 2 to May 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest month of the year in Sarasota is May, with an average of 6.6 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.5 months, from November 12 to January 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.2 kWh. The darkest month of the year in Sarasota is December, with an average of 3.6 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in Sarasota
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Sarasota are 27.336 deg latitude, -82.531 deg longitude, and 20 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Sarasota is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 30 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 14 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (49 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (171 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Sarasota is covered by artificial surfaces (81%) and water (19%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (52%) and water (37%), and within 50 miles by water (55%) and artificial surfaces (17%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Sarasota, 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 2 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Sarasota.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Sarasota 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 Sarasota is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Sarasota and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are:
To get a sense of how much these sources agree with each other, you can view a comparison of Sarasota and the stations that contribute to our estimates of its temperature history and climate. Please note that each source's contribution is adjusted for elevation and the relative change present in the MERRA-2 data.
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.
All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.
Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .
Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © OpenStreetMap contributors.
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