Is It Still Warm In Florida In October

October is normally a dry month and this October lived up to that. But, most areas were even below normal for rainfall.


What You Need To Know

  • October 2021 averaged between 1 and 3 degrees above normal
  • Most spots had below-normal rainfall
  • The month ended with a couple of cooler days
  • November is normally our driest month

The month started out very warm and rain was tough to find. During the first week of October, we saw several days above 90 degrees and that much above-normal weather lead to the month averaging out above normal.

Rain was tough to find, as well. Over the first three weeks of October, most areas saw less than a quarter of an inch of rain. It wasn't until the last week when we got into a more unsettled pattern that rain came in.

Let's look at the numbers for the month.

Tampa

Average temperature 80.4 degrees (3.0 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 1.35 inches (0.99 inches below normal)

Bradenton

Average temperature 79.0 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 1.03 inches (2.73 inches below normal)

Lakeland

Average temperature 78.7 degrees (2.3 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 4.23 inches (1.19 inches above normal)

Brooksville

Average temperature 75.6 degrees (2.5 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 1.94 inches (0.85 inches below normal)

Winter Haven

Average temperature 79.2 degrees (2.1 degrees above normal)

Rainfall 1.35 inches (0.87 inches below normal)

Looking ahead to November

November typically continues the very dry weather. In fact, an average November only yields 1.4 inches of rain. It can be wet some years but even the extremes in November aren't that impressive. The wettest November on record for Tampa was in 1963 when 6.12 inches of rain fell. The driest was in 1960 with only a trace of rain.

We do see a steady cooldown during November. Our average high and low on the first of the month is 82 and 64. But, by Nov. 30, we drop to 76 and 58. It can still get hot, however. The hottest November day was on Nov. 4 in 2015 when the temperature hit 92 degrees. The coldest November morning was in 1970 when Tampa dipped to a very chilly 23 degrees.

What we see for this November is another cold front by next weekend dropping temperatures below average again.

We will see how long that can last.

Source : https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/weather/2021/11/01/a-warm-and-dry-october-is-over--what-s-next-

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