Short for SFB by abbreviationfinder, the city of Orlando is located in the center of the Florida peninsula. It is the capital of Orange County and has a population of about 238,300. Orlando is the fifth largest city in the US state of Florida. Only Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa and Saint Petersburg are bigger.
The city is part of the Metropolitan Statistical Area, which consists of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford and is also called Greater Orlando. Almost 2.5 million people live in this metropolitan region.
The metropolitan area covers around 10,500 square kilometers, of which the actual city of Orlando only estimates around 260 square kilometers. The west-east extension is 25 kilometers and the north-south extension 30 kilometers.
From Orlando to Tampa on the west coast of Florida it is about 120 kilometers, to Jacksonville in the north 200 kilometers, to Miami in the south 350 kilometers and to Tallahassee, the capital of Florida, about 400 kilometers.
Orlando is bordered by the city of Winter Park to the north and Belle Isle and Edgewood to the south. The city itself is divided into the districts of Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast. The city center (Downtown) is located in the southwest of the Northeast district.
The international airport is located southeast of the city gates. Orlando is world famous for its gigantic theme parks. The attractions are visited by more than 66 million people annually. Incredible 450 hotels with more than 120,000 guest rooms make Orlando one of the best developed vacation spots in the world.
Climate in Orlando
All year round there is tropical weather with high temperatures and high humidity. Even winter is often warm enough to go swimming. In spring, the humidity and temperatures are quite high. Then the rainy season begins. However, there is a chance of rain all year round. The rains are usually very heavy, but short-lived and then the sun shines again. The Sunshine State Florida lives up to its name.
In summer the temperatures are up to 33 ° C with night temperatures of around 21 ° C. The humidity is very high all year round. From late May to September, it is very hot and often rains. One of the reasons for this is the Atlantic hurricane season. When autumn comes to an end, the weather becomes more pleasant and the rainy season usually ends in mid- October.
The annual rainfall averages 1,290 millimeters. The risk of a hurricane in Orlando is lower than in southern Florida. Since the city is about 70 kilometers from the Gulf coast and 120 kilometers from the Atlantic coast, the storms have already lost a lot of their force when they reached the city.
When is the best time to visit Orlando?
Orlando has the most rainy days between June and September, but summer in Florida is of course a popular travel time due to the school holidays. In addition, it rarely rains for a whole day. Most of the time there are short but severe regular cases and then the sun shines again.
Since Orlando is not a beach holiday destination but rather an adventure city, slightly cooler temperatures are not a problem either. The city also offers a wide range of covered leisure opportunities. Our editors recommend the best travel time in Orlando from November to mid-May.
Temperatures, precipitation, sunshine
|Daytime temperature||21 ° C||23 ° C||25 ° C||27 ° C||30 ° C||31 ° C||32 ° C||33 ° C||32 ° C||29 ° C||25 ° C||22 ° C|
|Night temperature||9 ° C||10 ° C||12 ° C||15 ° C||18 ° C||21 ° C||23 ° C||23 ° C||22 ° C||18 ° C||14 ° C||10 ° C|
|Precipitation in mm||52||86||94||62||87||159||186||162||150||79||51||50|
|Hours of sunshine||7||8||8||9||10||11||10||9||9||8||8||7|
The annual average temperature is 21.9 ° C. For comparison: Munich reaches an average of 8.6 ° C, in Berlin it is 9.6 ° C. The warmest month is August (28 ° C), coldest month of January with mean values of 15 ° C.
The annual precipitation is 1218 mm. For comparison: In Munich, 967 mm, in Berlin 570 mm, precipitation is measured annually. The July is considered the rainy season, since in this month are expected to more than 175 mm of rainfall. Snowfall is generally not expected in any month.
As our climate table shows, June is the sunniest month with an average of 11 hours of sunshine per day. On average over the year the sun shines 8.7 hours per day. For comparison: In Munich and Berlin, the sun shines an average of 4.7 hours per day throughout the year.
The following major towns are nearby and have a similar climate: Lakeland.
Sights & attractions
Orlando is primarily known for being the home of the Disney World Resort. The Disney World Resort is located at Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista and is approximately 20 kilometers southwest of the city. It consists of four theme parks, the actual Disney World, the Epcot Center, the Animal Kindom and the MGM Studios. There are also two water parks. The resort covers a total area of approximately 101 square kilometers. Several days should be planned for the visit.
Furthermore, you should definitely plan a day or two for visiting Universal Studios. SeaWorld also takes a day or two to complete. There are also the amusement parks Wet’n Wild, Gatorland and the Holy Land Experience. Except for Disney World, all parks are on International Drive. International Drive is a tourist road that runs from Oak Ridge Road in the very south-west of Orlando to World Center Drive. There are many hotels, restaurants, fast food restaurants and other attractions on International Drive.
Since the city is fairly centrally located, a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center on the east coast is definitely recommended. You can reach the Kennedy Space Center via the so-called Bee-Line after about 120 kilometers. This drive gives a good look at the vegetation in Florida as there are no cities on this route. A swim on the east coast is also recommended. Here the water is a little cooler than on the west coast. A boat trip on the Crystal River to observe manatees should definitely be on the program.
For nature lovers, a trip to the Everglades, where they can see alligators in the wild, is also recommended. And finally there is still a trip to the west coast. With a little luck you can watch dolphins in the wild here. There is so much to see and do in and around Orlando. A single vacation is definitely not enough.
Orlando weather in March, April and May
Average daily temperatures between 25 ° C and 30 ° C can be expected over the next three months. Orlando is the warmest in May, but March is a little cooler.
In the period from March to May the sun shines on average between 8 and 10 hours a day. The sunniest weather in Orlando is in May, but with less sun you will have to get by in March.