Sarasota, FL 

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Climate in Sarasota, FL

Sarasota, FL is located in the subtropical climate zone which experiences mild winters and hot summers. The season is divided into a dry season from December to April and a wet season from May to November. Average temperatures during the summer can reach up to 90°F with high humidity, while winter temperatures usually hover around 70°F. Precipitation is spread out throughout the year with an average of 50 inches annually. The area also experiences regular thunderstorms and high winds making it a great place for outdoor activities such as swimming, golfing, and sailing.

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


The annual BestPlaces Comfort Index for Sarasota is 6.8 (10=best), which means it is about average compared to other places in Florida.

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Summer   /   Winter
November, April and March are the most pleasant months in Sarasota, while August and July are the least comfortable months.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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    105 Reviews
    Becoming your basic over crowded tourist trap - 3/24/2023
    Sarasota is my home from birth but those of us who have lived here long enough to have seen the devolution of what was once an easy to navigate, clean, low crime beach... Read More

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    Comparing Sarasota, our new home w/San Clemente CA - 9/5/2022
    Starting to love Sarasota: Wife and I moved to Osprey- a small suburb between Sarasota and Venice. We're about 13 miles to downtown Sarasota, so not "city dwellers". ... Read More

    Great place to visit but didn't like living here. - 2/11/2022
    As always, anyone considering moving to anyplace new, including Sarasota, needs to come down and spend a month or two before actually moving here. The city is overrun... Read More

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