Sarasota, Florida 

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Climate in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida gets 56 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.

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

On average, there are 251 sunny days per year in Sarasota. The US average is 205 sunny days.

Sarasota gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 106 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 91 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 51
Rain: averages 56 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 0 inches of snow a year

Sarasota ranks 83/100 for Comfort Index

A higher score indicates a more comfortable year-round climate. The US average for the comfort index is 54. Our index is based on the total number of days annually within the comfort range of 70-80 degrees, and we also applied a penalty for days of excessive humidity.


Climate Averages
  Sarasota, FloridaUnited States
  56.0 in.38.1 in.
  0.0 in.27.8 in.
  106.0 days106.2 days
  251 days205 days
  20 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.

August is the hottest month for Sarasota with an average high temperature of 90.8°, which ranks it as about average compared to other places in Florida. In Sarasota, there are 6 comfortable months with high temperatures in the range of 70-85°. The most pleasant months of the year for Sarasota are March, November and February.

January has the coldest nighttime temperatures for Sarasota with an average of 50.9°. This is warmer than most places in Florida.

In Sarasota, there are 83.1 days annually when the high temperature is over 90°, which is hotter than most places in Florida.

In Sarasota, there are 1.9 days annually when the nighttime low temperature falls below freezing, which is warmer than most places in Florida.

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

August is the wettest month in Sarasota with 9.5 inches of rain, and the driest month is November with 2.1 inches. The wettest season is Autumn with 48% of yearly precipitation and 14% occurs in Spring, which is the driest season. The annual rainfall of 56.0 inches in Sarasota means that it is wetter than most places in Florida.

August is the rainiest month in Sarasota with 16.2 days of rain, and April is the driest month with only 4.8 rainy days. There are 106.0 rainy days annually in Sarasota, which is less rainy than most places in Florida. The rainiest season is Autumn when it rains 42% of the time and the driest is Summer with only a 15% chance of a rainy day.

There is rarely any recorded snowfall in Sarasota, ranking it as one of the least snowy places in Florida.

Any measurable snowfall is a rare occurance in Sarasota.

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    Reviews for Sarasota    98 Reviews
    Why We Liked, But Left, Sunny Sarasota - 1/4/2019
    With white sandy beaches, a sunny climate and more cultural appeal than many other Floridian cities, Sarasota is a popular retirement destination- and with good reason.... Read More

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    Pathetic place! - 11/29/2018
    In a word? Creepy! It’s really rundown, a downright scary place. I just can’t see the draw to this place! Jobs are non existent. Auto insurance is doubled from where I... Read More

    Chicagoland native that moved here 1 yr ago - 11/3/2018
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