Average Weather in Cape Coral Florida, United States
In Cape Coral, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 56°F to 91°F and is rarely below 44°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Cape Coral for warm-weather activities are from late January to early May and from late October to late December.
The hot season lasts for 4.6 months, from May 16 to October 4, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 8, with an average high of 91°F and low of 76°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.8 months, from December 8 to March 1, with an average daily high temperature below 77°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 56°F and high of 74°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 Cape Coral, 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 Cape Coral begins around October 9 and lasts for 7.6 months, ending around May 29. On February 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 68% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 32% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around May 29 and lasts for 4.4 months, ending around October 9. On July 7, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 69% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 31% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Cape Coral varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.2 months, from May 27 to October 2, with a greater than 43% 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 7.8 months, from October 2 to May 27. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on December 15.
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. Cape Coral experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Cape Coral. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 27, with an average total accumulation of 6.1 inches.
The least rain falls around December 17, with an average total accumulation of 1.3 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Cape Coral varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 28 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 49 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, 7 minutes later at 7:41 AM on March 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:34 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 50 minutes later at 8:25 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Cape Coral 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
Cape Coral experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from April 8 to November 19, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 38% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 7, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 17% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The average hourly wind speed in Cape Coral experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from September 24 to May 15, with average wind speeds of more than 7.9 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 10.0 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.3 months, from May 15 to September 24. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.9 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Cape Coral varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 10 months, from February 27 to December 27, with a peak percentage of 52% on September 10. The wind is most often from the north for 2.0 months, from December 27 to February 27, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Cape Coral 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 8 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 18 to March 25, with an average temperature below 71°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 2, with an average temperature of 68°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Cape Coral 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 Cape Coral for general outdoor tourist activities are from late January to early May and from late October to late December, with a peak score in the third week of November.
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 Cape Coral for hot-weather activities are from mid April to late May and from early October to early November, with a peak score in the second 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.
Temperatures in Cape Coral are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
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 1.9 months, from March 30 to May 27, 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 10 to January 28, 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 3.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Cape Coral are 26.563 deg latitude, -81.950 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cape Coral is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 3 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 2 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (20 feet). Within 50 miles is essentially flat (102 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cape Coral is covered by artificial surfaces (78%) and water (20%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (58%) and water (23%), and within 50 miles by water (43%) and herbaceous vegetation (21%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cape Coral, 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 Cape Coral.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Cape Coral 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 Cape Coral is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cape Coral and a given station.
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .