There’s a reason why Florida is called “The Sunshine State.” It’s the warmest of all the states with an average temperature of 70.7°F and gets 2800 hours of sunlight yearly.
Like most of Florida, Tampa is hot and humid during the summer. But when does the temperature start to heat up? And when the mercury rises, does the humidity rise along with it? And does more humidity mean more rain?
To answer these questions, here are some fun and interesting weather facts about Tampa:
- While summer doesn’t officially start until June, May is when the tropical weather starts to make its appearance. The average high in May is a hot 86°F. The temperature increases slowly in June and July, and eventually hits an average high of 90.3°F in August.
- August is the warmest month in Tampa, with an average high temperature of 90.3°F.
- August is also the month with the warmest ocean temperature, averaging 86.5°F.
- July, on average, is the wettest month in Tampa. The rain falls on 25 of the month’s 31 days, with a total of 5.67 inches of precipitation.
- May through September are the months with the highest UV index in Tampa, with an average UV index of 7.
- On the first day of summer and the longest day of the year, Tampa receives 13.9 hours of daylight.
- Despite our hot and humid summers, December is actually the most humid month in Tampa. The relative humidity averages 75 percent.
- November is the driest month, with an average of 1.26 inches of rain.
- Tampa has never officially reached 100°F in recorded history. The warmest temperature officially observed for Tampa is 99°F, which occurred on June 5, 1985, and most recently, June 26, 2020.
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