Average Weather in Lakeland Florida, United States
In Lakeland, 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 90°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 94°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best times of year to visit Lakeland for warm-weather activities are from mid March to mid May and from mid October to early December.
The hot season lasts for 4.8 months, from May 8 to October 1, with an average daily high temperature above 86°F. The hottest day of the year is July 17, with an average high of 90°F and low of 73°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.6 months, from December 5 to February 22, with an average daily high temperature below 75°F. The coldest day of the year is January 15, with an average low of 50°F and high of 71°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
Average Hourly Temperature
In Lakeland, 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 Lakeland begins around October 3 and lasts for 8.1 months, ending around June 5. On May 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around June 5 and lasts for 3.9 months, ending around October 3. On July 5, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 67% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 33% 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 Lakeland varies very significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 3.8 months, from May 31 to September 25, with a greater than 44% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 75% on July 30.
The drier season lasts 8.2 months, from September 25 to May 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 14% 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 75% on July 30.
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. Lakeland experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Lakeland. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 27, with an average total accumulation of 6.6 inches.
The least rain falls around November 10, with an average total accumulation of 1.6 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Lakeland varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 22 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 55 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:30 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 11 minutes later at 7:41 AM on March 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:31 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 57 minutes later at 8:28 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Lakeland 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
Lakeland experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 6.4 months, from April 28 to November 10, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 30% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is August 8, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 31, with muggy conditions 7% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Lakeland experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.0 months, from September 29 to May 27, 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 9.3 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.0 months, from May 27 to September 29. The calmest day of the year is July 20, with an average hourly wind speed of 5.3 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Lakeland varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 4.0 months, from February 28 to June 29 and for 2.8 months, from August 4 to October 30, with a peak percentage of 52% on September 11. The wind is most often from the west for 1.2 months, from June 29 to August 4, with a peak percentage of 34% on July 6. The wind is most often from the north for 4.0 months, from October 30 to February 28, with a peak percentage of 37% on January 1.
Lakeland 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 6 to October 8, with an average temperature above 81°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 9, with an average temperature of 85°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.2 months, from December 18 to March 24, with an average temperature below 69°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 5, with an average temperature of 65°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Lakeland 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 Lakeland 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 last week of October.
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 Lakeland for hot-weather activities are from late April to mid June and from early September to late October, with a peak score in the third week of May.
While it does not do so every year, freezing temperatures are seen in Lakeland over some winters. The day least likely to be in the growing season is January 16, with a 53% chance.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Based on growing degree days alone, the first spring blooms in Lakeland should appear around January 9, only rarely appearing before January 6 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 2.0 months, from April 2 to June 2, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 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 2.6 months, from November 11 to January 30, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.1 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 21, with an average of 3.5 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Lakeland are 28.039 deg latitude, -81.950 deg longitude, and 144 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Lakeland contains only modest variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 102 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 162 feet. Within 10 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (197 feet). Within 50 miles also contains only modest variations in elevation (305 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Lakeland is covered by artificial surfaces (89%) and water (11%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (45%) and cropland (32%), and within 50 miles by cropland (30%) and artificial surfaces (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Lakeland, 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 4 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Lakeland.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Lakeland 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 Lakeland is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Lakeland and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport (49%, 11 kilometers, southwest); Bartow Municipal Airport (20%, 19 kilometers, southeast); Winter Haven's Gilbert Airport (20%, 19 kilometers, east); and Zephyrhills Municipal Airport (11%, 29 kilometers, northwest).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .