Average Weather in Cocoa Beach Florida, United States
In Cocoa Beach, the temperature typically varies from 55°F to 88°F over the course of the year, and is rarely below 42°F or above 91°F.
The hot season lasts for 4.2 months, from May 30 to October 5, with an average daily high temperature above 84°F. The hottest day of the year is July 26, with an average high of 88°F and low of 77°F.
The cool season lasts for 3.0 months, from December 7 to March 6, with an average daily high temperature below 74°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 55°F and high of 70°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
The length of the day in Cocoa Beach varies over the course of the year. In 2017, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 21 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 57 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:24 AM on June 10, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 12 minutes later at 7:36 AM on November 4. The earliest sunset is at 5:25 PM on December 1, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 58 minutes later at 8:23 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Cocoa Beach 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
In Cocoa Beach, 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 Cocoa Beach begins around October 1 and lasts for 8.2 months, ending around June 6. 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 6 and lasts for 3.8 months, ending around October 1. On July 6, 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.
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Cocoa Beach varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.3 months, from May 29 to October 8, with a greater than 39% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 59% on August 24.
The drier season lasts 7.7 months, from October 8 to May 29. The smallest chance of a wet day is 17% 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 59% on August 24.
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 in the year. Cocoa Beach experiences significant seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Cocoa Beach. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around August 22, with an average total accumulation of 5.9 inches.
The least rain falls around December 23, with and average total accumulation of 2.0 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
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.
Cocoa Beach experiences very significant seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from April 9 to December 1, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 37% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 30, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 30, with muggy conditions 16% 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 Cocoa Beach experiences mildly seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 8.2 months, from September 23 to May 30, with average wind speeds of more than 5.3 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 10, with an average hourly wind speed of 6.6 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 3.8 months, from May 30 to September 23. The calmest day of the year is August 4, with an average hourly wind speed of 4.0 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Cocoa Beach varies throughout the year.
The wind is most often from the east for 4.0 months, from February 20 to June 19 and for 3.9 months, from August 12 to December 10, with a peak percentage of 53% on September 24. The wind is most often from the south for 1.8 months, from June 19 to August 12, with a peak percentage of 44% on July 20. The wind is most often from the north for 2.4 months, from December 10 to February 20, with a peak percentage of 34% on November 21.
Cocoa Beach 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 13 to October 17, with an average temperature above 80°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 30, with an average temperature of 83°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.4 months, from December 25 to April 8, with an average temperature below 73°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 6, with an average temperature of 70°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 2.0 months, from April 3 to June 4, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.1 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 2.8 months, from November 8 to February 1, 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 Cocoa Beach are 28.321 deg latitude, -80.609 deg longitude, and 0 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Cocoa Beach is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 10 feet, and an average elevation above sea level of 1 foot. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (69 feet). Within 50 miles contains only modest variations in elevation (125 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Cocoa Beach is covered by water (65%), artificial surfaces (18%), and herbaceous vegetation (11%), within 10 miles by water (67%) and artificial surfaces (26%), and within 50 miles by water (54%) and herbaceous vegetation (19%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Cocoa Beach, 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 Cocoa Beach.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Cocoa Beach 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 Cocoa Beach is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Cocoa Beach and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Patrick Air Force Base (70%, 10 kilometers, south), Port Canaveral North Heliport (27%, 19 kilometers, north), and Orlando International Airport (3.5%, 71 kilometers, west).
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 .