In Florida, our summers are marked by two weather related things: it is already at least 75 degF at sunrise, and we get a sea breeze driven rainstorm most afternoons between 3 and 8 pm.

The change to fall is marked by a shift in rain patterns. Instead of afternoon driven downpours, fall sees slower, constant rain that can last for days. This usually begins around mid September, and last until the end of November, although the rains usually are done by the end of October. I remember one year that it rained all of Thanksgiving week- that Monday all the way until Sunday.

Anyhow, we have our first fall rain storm today:

The best news is that our morning temperatures are dropping into the low 70s. Last week, the low at my house was 78 degF, and the high was 97. Today, the low was 72.

Fall is about two weeks early in Central Florida this year.

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nunya · September 8, 2022 at 10:16 am

near lake Livingston Tx we pretty much mirror that pattern. when fall finally heads our way even 73° feels wonderfully cool. I look forward to the next 4 months as the best time of the year here. I can tolerate the long slow rain for days better than the heat/humidity at my age

AL in ocklawaha · September 8, 2022 at 7:01 pm

I’m ready for it. I look at the 2 week forecast nearly every day and see high 60’s mornings coming round 16-18th….

SiG · September 9, 2022 at 9:42 am

I’d like to say what AL in ocklawaha is saying, but today is August 40th and I don’t see a forecast low below 74 through the 49th and that’s one day out of the 9. On my side of the state, yesterday’s storms rolled in around 5PM and were over by about 7PM. It was briefly 73 after the storms.

Fall has come by the “first day of fall” (equinox) a couple of times in the 40 years I’ve lived here but I don’t expect it.

BraulerBob · September 10, 2022 at 12:00 am

I love late Fall to mid Spring in Central Florida, but as far as I’m concerned, its not fall until the overnight temperatures are consistently under 70 degrees. During the Summer, lows around my house sometimes don’t go below 80 for weeks at a time (barring the occasional cold front with rain to cool things off temporarily).
Winter in Florida more than makes up for the sweaty Summers.

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