Average Weather in Ocala Florida, United States
In Ocala, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, and mostly cloudy; the winters are short, cool, and partly cloudy; and it is wet year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 45°F to 90°F and is rarely below 31°F or above 95°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.7 months, from May 8 to September 29, with an average daily high temperature above 85°F. The hottest day of the year is July 17, with an average high of 90°F and low of 72°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 3 to February 24, with an average daily high temperature below 72°F. The coldest day of the year is January 14, with an average low of 45°F and high of 68°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 Ocala, 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 Ocala begins around September 27 and lasts for 8.3 months, ending around June 7. 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 7 and lasts for 3.7 months, ending around September 27. On July 11, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 65% 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 in Ocala varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.6 months, from June 2 to September 20, with a greater than 44% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 71% on August 12.
The drier season lasts 8.4 months, from September 20 to June 2. The smallest chance of a wet day is 16% 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 71% on August 12.
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. Ocala experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Ocala. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 28, with an average total accumulation of 6.1 inches.
The least rain falls around November 10, with an average total accumulation of 1.7 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Ocala varies significantly over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 17 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 14 hours, 1 minute of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:28 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 15 minutes later at 7:43 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:30 PM on December 2, and the latest sunset is 3 hours, 2 minutes later at 8:31 PM on June 30.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Ocala during 2017, starting in the spring on March 12, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 5.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
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.
Ocala experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 5.7 months, from May 8 to October 29, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 27% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 5, with muggy conditions 99% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 24, with muggy conditions 2% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
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 Ocala experiences mild seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.1 months, from September 28 to May 30, with average wind speeds of more than 3.5 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.9 months, from May 30 to September 28. The calmest day of the year is July 23, with an average hourly wind speed of 2.7 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Ocala varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the west for 1.4 months, from February 17 to March 30; for 6.0 days, from April 10 to April 16; and for 2.2 months, from June 9 to August 15, with a peak percentage of 41% on July 12. The wind is most often from the east for 1.6 weeks, from March 30 to April 10; for 1.8 months, from April 16 to June 9; and for 2.1 months, from August 15 to October 19, with a peak percentage of 49% on September 11. The wind is most often from the north for 3.9 months, from October 19 to February 17, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Ocala 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 4.1 months, from May 31 to October 3, with an average temperature above 81°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is July 24, with an average temperature of 86°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.3 months, from December 14 to March 23, with an average temperature below 67°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 4, with an average temperature of 62°F.
Average Water Temperature
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 2.2 months, from April 2 to June 7, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.0 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 1, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 11 to February 2, 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 Ocala are 29.187 deg latitude, -82.140 deg longitude, and 72 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Ocala contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 112 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 83 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (154 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (305 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Ocala is covered by artificial surfaces (90%), within 10 miles by cropland (57%) and artificial surfaces (21%), and within 50 miles by trees (32%) and herbaceous vegetation (25%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Ocala, 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 Ocala.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Ocala 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 Ocala is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Ocala and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Ocala International Airport (82%, 9 kilometers, west); The Villages (13%, 31 kilometers, southeast); and Gainesville Regional Airport (5%, 58 kilometers, north).
All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets , 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 aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .
Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.