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Seasons in Florida
It has long been assumed that Florida is one long summer, but that is no longer true. Although it is a tropical region (remember it is not very far from the Caribbean and only a short boat trip from Hawaii and The Bahamas) it has gone through quite a change in recent years. For several years now they have experienced seasons and unpredictable changes. Not so long ago most of the rain they had came in the hurricane season, which runs from June through to September and only rarely at other times, but now it can rain at any time. Also the hurricane season has moved up to July through to October. This year they had 2 weeks of solid rain in October, which is unheard of.
Normally Florida suffers from quite severe water shortage, which is why they stopped automatically putting a pitcher of water on every table in the restaurants and limited the days when owners could use their sprinklers. However, this year they have made up a great deal of water in the lakes and reservoirs. We have been at our villa in November in previous years when we have awoken to frost on the ground. This year though we had a heat wave in November. About ten years ago I heard a lady say she had been to Florida in January and it snowed. This caught the Floridians out as they normally only get snow made by machines at Christmas!
So, are there seasons in Florida? When we refer to seasons, we normally mean High, Mid, Low and Peak seasons for booking holidays. The low being when not many people visit up to Peak when nearly every villa and hotel is full. These are Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year and the first two weeks of the English school holidays – namely last week in July and first week in August. Recently though the Mid season has stretched out to cover most of the rest of the year as the weather is not so predictable. One year January can be quite cold in the day as well as the night, then another it may be warm in the daytime and only cold at night.
As far as weather seasons go, the Floridians consider November to March as Winter and April to end of October as Summer. There really is no Spring or Autumn.
If you want good weather which is not too hot and humid then April to June are good and September and October are good too. However, you may experience some unusual weather at any time, so be prepared.
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