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Best time of year to Visit and for Outdoor activities

Our travel and tourism score weights heavily clear and rainless days with temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Tampa for general outdoor tourist activities are from late February to early May and from mid October to early December, with a peak score in the second week of April.

tampa bay ara travel score for best time to visit

Our travel and tourism score, the tan filled area, is calculated from the best of its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).



Best time of year for Beach, Pool and Hot Weather activities

Our beach & pool score weights heavily clear, rainless days with temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Tampa for hot-weather activities are from late April to early June and from October 10 to October 19, with a peak score in the third week of May.

best time for pool and beach activities in tampa bay area

Our beach and pool score, the blue filled area, is calculated from the best of its constituents: the temperature score (red line), the cloud cover score (blue line), and the precipitation score (green line).


Annual Humidity Comfort Levels

The more humid period of the year lasts for about 7 months, from April to November with 36% of that time resgistering the lowest comfort level, ie. the muggiest and most miserable. The muggiest day of the year is August 8, with muggy conditions 100% of the time. The least muggy day of the year is January 27, with muggy conditions 14% of the time.

tampa bay annual water temperature

The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels.


Annual Water Temperatures

tampa bay annual water temperature

Warmer waters: June to October - average above 81°F. August 11, day with warmest water of 86°F on average.

Cooler waters: December to March - average below 69°F. February 4, day with coolest water of 64°F on average.


Average percentage of cloud cover

tampa area annual cloud coverage

The clearer part of the year in Tampa lasts for 8.1 months, starting in Ocotber and ending in early June. On May 1, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 64% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 36% of the time.

The cloudier part of the year lasts for 3.9 months, beginning around June early/mid, ending around at the end of September. July 10, is on average the cloudiest day, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 67% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 33% of the time.



Daily chance of rainfall

annual rainfall in tampa

The wetter season lasts 3.7 months, from June to September, with a greater than 43% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 72% on July 31.

The drier season lasts 8.3 months, from September 25 to June 3. The smallest chance of a wet day is 13% on November 25


Wind direction and avg annual speeds

Prevailing wind direction in tampa

The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from the north, east, south, and west. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

average annual wind speed in tampa

Windier part of the year (7.9 months): September 22 to May 19 - avg speeds >8.0 mph. Avg windiest day: March 10 - average wind speed of 10.1 mph.

Calmer part year (4.1 months): May 19 to September 22. Avg calmest day: July 20 - average wind speed of 6.0 mph.


Climate Summary

Tampa bay area climate summary

Temperatures in the Tampa Bay area typically range from 52°F to 90°F and is rarely below 38°F or above 94°F.