Deciding what to wear in Orlando can be rather tricky as it has a hot and humid weather and three most visited tourist attractions of the USA. You cannot just pack your stuff for Disneyland and the four theme parks and two water parks. There is more to see such as Harry Potter World at Universal Studios and other theme parks in the area. Read on to find out more.
Weather of Orlando
Due to Orlando’s proximity to Tropic of Cancer and low elevation, it has a warm weather all year round, but its weather can be categorized into two parts – the hot weather and the dry weather. It has a subtropical climate which is warm and humid. Due to its high humidity, it often feels hotter than it actually is.
Spring – Though Orlando sees very less variation in its seasons (the hot season and the dry season), it doesn’t imply that it does not witness spring and autumn seasons, even though they are very brief. Spring is a particularly fleeting season here and arrives somewhere in March. While the weather is likely to be very enjoyable, the sun is still going to be fierce and it is still hot in Orlando.
Summer – Summer months are not just hot but rainy, too! As soon as May arrives, mercury begins to rise and daytime highs reach above 30 degrees Celsius, while lows hover around mid-20s. It is not just the heat you should be concerned about but the everyday afternoon thunderstorms, too. Florida has a reputation of being struck by thunderstorms of high winds and fierce lightning and sometimes hail during peak season summer months.
Autumn – Just like spring, autumn is also a fleeting season in Orlando. Apart from the fact that it is a very brief, many visitors argue that it is the best season to visit Orlando, especially if you cannot stand Florida’s heat. During September and October, Orlando is visited less frequently by thunderstorms and the weather is less humid!
Winter – Winter season is pleasant in Orlando, and like many other European cities (those in subtropical regions), it is a perfect getaway from bitter and harsh winters. January and February are the coolest months with daytime highs in lower twenties and lows around 10 degrees Celsius. Sunshine levels decrease from an average summer month, but you can still get around 7 hours of sunshine on an average in a day.
What to Wear and How to Pack for Orlando?
Packing for Orlando includes a little more than just stuffing shorts and t-shirts in your bag. The weather is hot and humid for most part of the year. Here are some suggestions:
Women – Light cotton shorts and t-shirts or half-sleeve blouses will do for summers. The rule of the thumb is to pack light and throwing some extra clothes keeping the weather in mind. For most part of the summer, long cotton pants and light t-shirts and tops will be enough. For other seasons with reduced humidity, you can go for leggings and jeans and a jacket for winters. Also, no matter what the weather, it will always be hot enough to go for a swim, so don’t forget your bathing suit.
Men – As just mentioned, remember to pack light. As the sun can be extremely ruthless, you should go for long cotton or linen pants to avoid any sunburns. You can always go for shorts and t-shirts. For winter months, you can go for jeans and a leather jacket or a woolen sweater.
Kids – You can pack shorts and skirts along with sleeveless tops and t-shirts for summer months. Remember to pack only lightweight clothes. You can also go for jeans and leggings and layered clothing during winter months.
Footwear – You will have to do a lot of walking, so carry something comfortable and athletic, like sneakers and trainers or even flip-flops!
Accessories – If there is something you shouldn’t forget while in Florida, it is a good sunscreen with a high SPF and a wide-brim hat. Orlando is also notorious for its rains, so a good raincoat or an umbrella will also be required. Do bring a visor and sunglasses no matter what the season is.