Understanding Weather Trends

Understanding the Weather in Orlando

Weather is one of factors that should be considered when deciding when to go to Walt Disney World.

The Florida weather is very different than most other states around the U.S. Typical seasons don’t apply and the weather follows different rules because of the climate and unique geography. I am going to walk through some of the typical weather patterns but just like wherever you are from the weather can be completely unpredictable. Check the forecasts before you leave but be prepared for anything – I always make sure I pack a sweater and light rain jacket no matter when I am going.

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Winter in the Orlando area is definitely different than what you would find in northern states.  Average highs are in the low 70s. A cold day is in the upper 50s or lower 60s.  It is extremely comfortable and the sun doesn’t feel near as warm, but it’s still a refreshing change from the frigid, cold temps where you may be coming from. When the sun goes down it can get a little chilly. This is where the weather really varies the most. One Christmas we were expecting moderate temps and it was so cold we all ended up buying sweatshirts and gloves. The next year we brought long sleeve shirts and couldn’t wear them because it was in the 80s!  If you travel during this time then you will want to bring a jacket or hoodie unless you want an excuse to buy souvenirs.  

 

I have had similar experiences in the Spring It is definitely very warm when the sun is out. It is a good idea to prepare to dress like it is summer and then have a light jacket handy. The mornings and evenings can be a bit chilly.  You are less likely to get rained out during this season, too, which can be a relief to some.

Don’t worry about not being able to swim! The waterparks at Disney are open all year for you to enjoy.  The pools at the resorts are heated, so even if it is a cooler day, you can still go for a swim.  If you have been cooped up all winter and want to get in a little bit of swimming while on vacation, you can!  So it is always a good idea to make sure to pack your swimming clothes and gear so that you are all set.

Summers bring blistering heat and the rainy season. I am not kidding the  summertime is EXTREMELY hot. The sun is beating down and with the humidity you feel sticky as soon as you step outside.  It is gorgeous and sunny, though and you are definitely getting a huge dose of Vitamin D out in the Florida sun. I will have an entire episode dedicated to beating the heat later in this series just try to avoid the parks in the afternoon when it is at the hottest. We use this time to have a late lunch in the A/C, take a nap back at the hotel room or sit by the pool. Make sure you remember to pack breathable and moisture wicking clothing and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I also pack a light sweater in the summer – going from the extreme heat to an air conditioned restaurant or hotel room can feel nice at first but I personally start to get chilly after a few minutes.

During the summer, it is not uncommon to see rain in the forecast every day of the week. This does not mean it will rain all day everyday. Florida is known for having frequent rain showers.  You may have heard of the 3 or 4 o’clock rain referenced by local Floridians.  When it starts getting hot and humid, it is very common for there to be an afternoon rain, especially in the summer months that will make everything even more humid after the rain, although it does feel a bit cooler afterward.  I always pack a bunch of disposable ponchos like these. Though this one doesn’t have Mickey on the pack, the pricetag isnt as steep and I dont feel guilty throwing it away after. I hate walking around with a wet poncho. They have some other uses too that I will discuss in a future episode about helpful items to pack!

But, what about rain in the forecast during hurricane season? Although June – November is officially considered hurricane season, most activity takes place in August, September and October.The short showers are still common, but if a big storm system is working through, it could rain almost daily for a several days, possibly your entire vacation. Though this past year did bring closures due to Hurricane Matthew this is extremely rare. Orlando is in the center of the state and the worst of the storm usually stays towards the coast. If you are traveling in September or October you may want to look into trip insurance for your piece of mind. While all this is important to be aware of Disney World is still a lot of fun in the rain, and sometimes less crowded since the rain will clear out many guests and locals, but you can still have a ton of fun and experience most of the attractions and rides.

Fall definitely isn’t the fall you may be thinking off with the changing of leaves and the crisp, cool air.  It is still pretty hot in Orlando and everything is still lush and green due to the constant sun and warm temps of Florida.  Just like with spring as  it gets deeper into fall the evening temperatures start to get a little bit cooler.  So for during the day pack the comfortable summer clothes that we already talked about and then maybe have a light jacket or hoodie ready for the evenings so you are prepared if there is a cooler night.  It does happen and once the sun goes down can feel a bit chilly after you have been sweating in 90 degree weather and sunshine all day.

 

No matter when you go the Florida sun is very strong.  Even in the Florida winter when the temps are a little cooler, you will still need a lot of protection from the sun.  You can still burn even if you are cool, so be sure to apply sunscreen regularly.  The rays are much stronger than you will likely be used to and you don’t want to end up with a sunburn, which can be very uncomfortable and bad for your skin!

 

Bottom Line the weather in Walt Disney World just like the weather anywhere is beyond your control, but with preparation and flexibility, you can have a magical family vacation at any time of year. Of course your As You Wish Vacations Agent can make sure you are fully equipped for your trip!

 

Join me next week when I talk about some of the special events at Walt Disney World throughout the year. Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel, follow me on social media and email me Christina@aywvacations.com if you are ready to book your vacation. Thank you so much for joining me and I hope all your vacations are exactly as you wish!

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