Gainesville, FL 

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Climate in Gainesville, FL

Gainesville, FL enjoys a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. The average annual temperature in Gainesville is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a great place to enjoy outdoor activities throughout the year. Summers are typically hot and humid with temperatures reaching into the 90s while winters are mild with temperatures rarely dropping below freezing. Rainfall is abundant throughout the year, averaging around 50 inches annually.

Gainesville, Florida gets 50 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

Gainesville averages 0 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.

On average, there are 224 sunny days per year in Gainesville. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Gainesville gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 113 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.

Weather Highlights

Summer High: the July high is around 92 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 41
Rain: averages 50 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Gainesville is 7.1 (10=best), which means it is more comfortable than most places in Florida.

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April, November and October are the most pleasant months in Gainesville, while August and July are the least comfortable months.

Climate Averages
  Gainesville, FloridaUnited States
  50.2 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  113.4 days106.2 days
  224 days205 days
  177 ft.2443 ft.


Many people confuse weather and climate but they are different. Weather is the conditions of the atmosphere over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere is over long periods of time.

Weather is how the atmosphere is behaving and its effects upon life and human activities. Weather can change from minute-to-minute. Most people think of weather in terms of temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloudiness, brightness, visibility, wind, and atmospheric pressure.

Climate is the description of the long-term pattern of weather in a place. Climate can mean the average weather for a particular region and time period taken over 30 years. Climate is the average of weather over time.

July is the hottest month for Gainesville with an average high temperature of 91.5°, which ranks it as warmer than most places in Florida. In Gainesville, there are 4 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Gainesville are November, March and April.

In Gainesville, there are 81.5 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is about average compared to other places in Florida.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Gainesville with an average of 41.3°. This is colder than most places in Florida.

In Gainesville, there are 19.2 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is colder than most places in Florida.

In Gainesville, there are 0.0 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below zero°, which is about average compared to other places in Florida.

Humidity in Gainesville can be oppressive in the summer, but pleasant for much of the year. The humidity here has been described as stifling in August and July. The humid season extends from May-October and the most comfortable months are November-April.

August is the wettest month in Gainesville with 7.1 inches of rain, and the driest month is November with 2.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 41% of yearly precipitation and 19% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 50.2 inches in Gainesville means that it is one of the driest places in Florida.

August is the rainiest month in Gainesville with 16.2 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 5.9 rainy days. There are 113.4 rainy days annually in Gainesville, which is about average compared to other places in Florida. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 39% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 18% chance of a rainy day.

There is rarely any recorded snowfall in Gainesville, ranking it as one of the least snowy places in Florida. Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in Gainesville.

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    Reviews for Gainesville    60 Reviews
    Not a bad place to live - 11/16/2022
    I've lived here most of my life. It's changed a lot, and a lot of the locals don't like it. Because it's home to one of the largest universities in the country, we see a... Read More

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    One of the places in Florida - 7/23/2021
    Lovely diverse city! People is nice and there is always something to do. Outdoors activities are awesome! The springs are beautiful and there are plenty of hiking... Read More

    highest taxes and electric in state! Run!!!!!!!!!! - 5/15/2020
    Gainesville has the highest taxes and electrical rates in the state. The city is run by a bunch of liberals who have no idea what they are doing. Crime and homelessness... Read More

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