Disney World Weather: What To Expect Each Month

on December 13, 2019

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When you’re planning a Disney vacation, you’ll want to know what the Disney World weather will be like when you are there.

It’s likely that the weather in Orlando will be VERY different than what you are used to back home, so deciding what to pack can be tricky!

I’ve visited Disney World over 30 times during every season and I’ve finally figured out central Florida weather.

In this post, I’ll share what to expect from Disney world weather each month of this year, plus share my tips for what to pack to be prepared. Every picture was taken by me during the month described, so you can see what it’s actually like during that month in Disney World!

Disney World Weather in January

January is a great time to visit Walt Disney World with overall low crowds and mild weather. 

The average high in Orlando in January is 71°F and the average low is 52°F.

That’s an average high of 22°C and 11°C. 

You can expect cool but mild weather in January with the occasional cold snap. And yes, there are flowers blooming in Florida even in January!

You’ll definitely want to be prepared for potentially cold temperatures at night. It is common that the temperature drops into the 40’s at night which means you’ll really need to bundle up. 

This past January we had to buy a blanket for my daughter and an warm hat for me because we weren’t prepared for the chilly temps once the sun set!

So I suggest bringing a warm coat and a hat for your January trip to Disney World. 

You may also get high temperatures in the mid 70’s, so don’t leave your bathing suit at home. Disney World pools are open year round and heated to about 84°F so it’s possible to get to swim even in January, though those days aren’t super common.

While it may rain some in January, it is less common than other times of year. The average number of rainy days in January is 5 days. It also is one of the least humid months of the year.

Here’s what to pack for a trip to Disney World in January:

  • T-shirts for warmer days
  • Long sleeve shirts for cooler days
  • A warm coat
  • Hat and gloves
  • Jeans or pants (shorts days are rare)
  • A swimsuit in the chance you’ll get a warm day 

Disney World Weather in February

February is another good month to visit if you want mild temperatures and low humidity. Crowds are overall low, especially in the beginning of the month.

The average high in Orlando in February is 74°F and the average low is 55°F. 

That’s an average high of 23°C and average low of 13°C. 

The temperature can still dip into the 40’s some nights, especially during the beginning of the month. You’ll want to be prepared with a warm coat and hat. 

Expect to see plenty of flowers in bloom in February. This is a welcome change from most places in the US which are colorless in February!

T-shirt days are common in the second half of February, where highs in the mid-70’s are the norm. 

And you might even get a high temperature of 80°F like I did on this day in February 2018. I was super excited to hang out at the pool. 

February is another less rainy month, with on average only 5 days of rain. 

Here’s what I suggest packing to be prepared for Disney World Weather in February:

  • T-shirts
  • A fleece coat or sweatshirt
  • Hat for the evenings
  • Some pants and some shorts
  • A swimsuit in the chance you’ll get a warm day 

Disney World Weather in March

spaceship earth with flowers - disney world weather in march

By the first of March, spring has already come to Orlando! It’s a fantastic time of year for warm (but not hot) weather and still pretty low humidity. 

The average high temperature in Orlando in March is 78°F and the average low is 58°F. 

That’s an average high of 26°C and an average low of 14°C. 

You’ll be able to leave the hat and gloves at home this month! Evening temperatures are pretty comfortable as long as you have a warm fleece or sweatshirt. 

disney polynesian pool area in march

You’ll have lots of pool days thanks to the nice Disney World weather in March. High’s in the 80’s are common and even if it’s in the upper 70’s you’ll find lots of people at the pool. 

frozen drink by the pool in march

It’s even warm enough in March to get a frozen drink at the pool (I suggest the Frose). The warmer temperatures also bring increased crowds, so be prepared for that. 

Rainy days are still on average a low 5 days per month.  

Here’s I suggest you pack for a trip to Disney World in March:

  • T-shirts
  • A fleece or sweatshirt for the evenings
  • Mostly shorts and a few pants
  • Swimsuits 

Orlando Weather in April

epcot in april

Ahhh, April has (in my opinion) the best weather of the year in Disney World. It is warm and not very humid with lots of sunshine.

Unfortunately it a pretty busy and expensive time to year to visit due to Spring Break crowds. But you can dodge a lot of those crowds with my strategies in this post on how to never wait in line at Disney World. 

The average high temperature for Disney World weather in April is 83°F and the average low is 63°F.

That’s an average high of 28°C and low of 17°C. 

It is finally shorts and t-shirt weather in Orlando in April. The highs will be around 80°F many days so unless you will get cold with you legs exposed in the morning or at nights (when temps still dip into the 60’s) you should be fine with just shorts. 

That said, you should definitely still bring a light jacket or sweatshirt with you when it gets a bit chilly. I like to through it in my park bag during the day (get my picks for the best backpack for Disney World in this post). 

beach club pool area - disney world weather in april

In April you’ll definitely get lots of pool days, though it may still be cold for a swim in the morning hours. Be sure to pack your swimsuit and plan to spend some afternoons at the pool.

April is a pretty rainy month of the year in many places in the US. You might be surprised to learn that April is the least rainy month of the year with an average of only three rainy days. It is also the least humid month of the year!

That said, check the forecast before you leave of course. You might get an unusually rainy spell. 

Here’s what I suggest packing for an April trip to Disney World:

  • Mostly shorts and T-shirts
  • Some pants if you get cold in the early morning or in the evenings
  • A light fleece or sweatshirt
  • Swimsuit 
  • A sun hat and sunglasses

Disney World Weather in May

Things start to heat up in Orlando in May. You might surprised by how hot and humid it can get, especially towards the end of the month!

The average high temperature for May is 87°F and the average low is 69°F.

That’s 31°C for the high and 21°C for the low. 

That said, it is very common to see highs climb into the 90’s by the end of the month. And the humidity really starts to increase. 

If you are from the Northeast, Midwest, or Western US you will be likely be shocked by the humidity in Orlando in May!

Plan to dress for summer – tank tops, t-shirts and shorts are the main clothing items you’ll need. 

It will likely be quite hot in the theme parks, so plan to wear lightweight clothing. There are water play areas for kids in most of the parks, so bring a change of clothes or a swimsuit to the parks for the little ones (and a swim diaper if needed).

You’ll get great swimming weather in May, so bring your suits. 

The number of rainy days starts to climb in May, with an average of 8 rainy days per month. 

Here’s what you’ll want to pack to be prepared for Disney World weather in May:

  • Shorts, t-shirts, and tank tops
  • A light jacket or sweatshirt for evenings (particularly during the beginning of May)
  • Swimsuits and extra clothes for kids for water play areas
  • Sun hat and sunglasses

Orlando Weather in June

June is definitely full-on summer weather in Orlando. Get ready for heat and humidity similar to the hottest day of summer at home. 

The average high temperature for Disney World weather in June is 90°F and the average low is 73°F. That said, it can feel way hotter due to high humidity.

That’s an average high of 32°C and an average low of 23°C. 

It is plenty warm enough even in the evenings that you won’t need a jacket outside. However, the air conditioning can sometimes be very cold inside, so I still suggest bringing a lightweight layer you can throw on if the AC is freezing. 

The sun can be relentless in June and shade can be hard to find in some places in Disney World. I suggest bringing a sun hat along in your park bag. Get my picks for what you need to park in your Disney park bag in this post. 

You also will start to experience the famous Florida afternoon thunderstorms in June. This is a common summer phenomenon, with a rain shower and storm lasting less than an hour. Be prepared with ponchos or an umbrella. 

And of course you’ll have excellent pool weather, so make plans to spend at least one afternoon at the pool. 

Here’s what to pack for a trip to Disney World in June:

  • Tank tops, t-shirts, and shorts or skirts
  • A lightweight jacket if the AC is super cold
  • Swimsuits
  • Sun hat and good sunscreen
  • Poncho or umbrella

Disney World Weather in July

July and August are the two hottest months of the year in Orlando. You can definitely still have a great trip, but you will want to plan accordingly. 

The average high temperature in July is 90°F and the average low is 75°F. 

That’s 32°C for the high and 24°C for the low. 

Also expect incredibly humid days in July. You’ll want to plan to take frequent breaks in the air conditioning during the day.

Dark-colored clothing absorbs more heat from the sun, so I suggest sticking with light-colored tops as much as possible. If you have custom shirts made for your family on Etsy, go for the white shirts instead of the black ones if you are visiting in July!

I also suggest (if possible) returning to your hotel mid-day for a swim in the pool. It will drop your core body temperature down and make for a more enjoyable evening. 

You might want to consider cooling devices such as a misting fan or cooling towel for the theme parks. You can certainly buy these items in the parks, but you’ll pay less than half as much if you buy them in advance. 

For example, here’s a two-pack of misting fans from Groupon for $19.99 and a cooling towel on Amazon for $5.99.

Also drink lots and lots of water – I prefer free ice water which you can get at any quick service dining location at Disney World just by asking. 

You are likely to experience afternoon thundershowers in July. It is also a pretty rainy month with an average of 13 days of rain. Be ready with an umbrella or poncho handy. 

Here’s what to pack to be prepared for Disney World weather in July:

  • Light-colored t-shirts and tank tops
  • Shorts or skirts
  • A lightweight jacket if the AC is super cold
  • Swimsuits
  • Sun hat and good sunscreen
  • Poncho or umbrella

Orlando Weather in August

The weather in Disney World in August is much the same as the weather in July but just a bit warmer and more humid. August is the hottest month of the year so you’ll want to be prepared!

The average high temperature for Disney World weather in August is 90°F and the average low is 75°F. 

That’s 32°C for the high and 25°C for the low. 

woman in disney t-shirt and sunglasses - disney world weather in august

Looking hot and frazzled

August is the rainiest and most humid month of the year. Expect an afternoon thundershower many days of the month .  It is also the start of peak hurricane season in Florida, so you will want to consider that when booking your trip. 

For all of these reasons, August is my least favorite month of the year to visit Disney World. However, the end of August brings some very low hotel rates and low crowds if you are willing to brave the weather conditions!

I suggest frequent breaks in AC, a visit to the pool in the afternoon to cool off, and lots of sun protection such as light-colored clothing and a sun hat. 

Here’s what to pack to be prepared for Disney World in August:

  • Light-colored t-shirts and tank tops
  • Shorts or skirts
  • A lightweight jacket if the AC is super cold
  • Swimsuits
  • Sun hat and good sunscreen
  • Poncho or umbrella

Disney World Weather in September

You might think that September means the arrival of more mild and fall-like weather in Orlando. Nope. September is still summer in Florida. 

Expect lots of humidity, highs in the 90’s, and almost daily afternoon thundershowers.

The average high temperature for Disney World in September is 89°F and the average low is 74°F. 

That’s 32°C for the high and 23°C for the low. 

Trying to stay cool in Galaxy’s Edge

September is peak hurricane season in Florida. I have been to Disney World during this month over 10 times, and have had a hurricane disrupt my plans twice. Once I had to stay longer in Orlando until it was safe to travel home (a problem I totally embraced) and once I had to completely reschedule a trip at the last minute. 

If you are traveling during hurricane season I suggest getting trip insurance in case you need to change plans at the last minute. 

wine at epcot food and wine festival - disney world weather in september

Chilled Rose at Epcot Food & Wine Festival

I suggest wearing light-colored tops, a sun hat, taking breaks in the AC, and taking a dip in the pool in the afternoon if you can swing it. 

It is a fairly rainy month with an average of 9 days of rain plus the common afternoon thundershower. 

Here’s what to pack for Disney World weather in September:

  • Light-colored t-shirts and tank tops
  • Shorts or skirts
  • A lightweight jacket if the AC is super cold
  • Swimsuits
  • Sun hat and good sunscreen
  • Poncho or umbrella

Disney World Weather in October

While Orlando starts to cool down a but in October, the weather still resembles summer in most parts of the US. 

The average high temperature in October is 84°F and the average low is 68°F.

That’s a high of 29°C and an average of low 20°C. 

It is still very humid and hot for all of October. I am from North Carolina so I am used to this type of weather, but it still surprises me when I visit in October. 

This is still hurricane season so I suggest considered trip insurance for a visit in October. It does begin to be less rainy this month though, with only 5 rainy days on average. 

Towards the end of the month is does get down into the mid-60’s at night, so you may want to bring a light jacket with you in your park bag. 

It is still great pool weather in October in general, though you may get some days when it is starting to feel a bit cold when you get out. 

Here’s what to pack to be prepared for Disney World in October:

  • T-shirts and tank tops
  • Shorts or skirts
  • A lightweight jacket
  • Swimsuits
  • Sun hat and good sunscreen
  • Poncho or umbrella

Orlando Weather in November

November is my second favorite weather month of the year in Disney World right after April. It is warm without being too hot, not very humid, and doesn’t rain much. 

The average high temperature in November is 78°F and the average low is 60°F. 

That’s 25.5°C for the high and 15.5°C for the low. 

The beginning of November will see highs still in the low 80’s which is still warm enough for swimming comfortably. It will be cool in the mornings and evenings so you’ll definitely want a light sweater or jacket. 

There are only 4 rainy days per month on average in November so it’s one of the less rainy months of the year. Afternoon thundershowers are rare this time of year as well. 

Hurricanes are also very rare this time of year so that is normally not a concern. 

Here’s what to pack for a trip to Disney World in November:

  • A mix of short and long sleeves
  • Shorts and pants
  • A sweatshirt or jacket
  • Swimsuit

Disney World Weather in December

And last, there’s the unpredictable month of December. This might be the hardest month to know what to expect from the weather, and it is also the busiest month of the year at Disney World!

The average high temperature in December is 74°F and the average low is 56°F. 

That’s 23°C for the high and 13°C for the low. 

But that doesn’t tell you much about December weather, which can range from the 30’s to the 80’s. I have needed a puffy coat and hat and a few days later been swimming with temps in the upper 70’s. 

So checking the forecast before your trip is highly recommended, as well as packing for a variety of weather. At least hurricanes aren’t a concern and there are only 4 rainy days on average per month. 

There is so much to see and do at Disney in December – check out this post with everything you need to know about visiting Disney World during the holidays!

Here’s what to pack to be prepared for Disney World weather in December:

  • Mostly long sleeves and a few t-shirts
  • Pants
  • A warm coat for the mornings and evenings
  • Possibly hat and gloves if the forecast shows chilly temps
  • Swimsuit in the hopes you’ll get a warm day

I hope this post has helped you prepare for weather any time of year in Orlando! 

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3 Comments

  • Bambie

    We are booked end august to first week sept this year! Im crossing my fingers for good weather and no hurricane please. This our first disney world and it’s the only available sched for everybody in the family! will we still enjoy it?

    February 1, 2020 at 10:04 am Reply
    • Leah

      Absolutely, Bambie! You just need to plan accordingly. Take a break in the afternoon, swim in the pool to cool down, drink lots of water, wear light colored lightweight clothing, and eat cold like ice cream – yum. Head for the air conditioning if you start to get overheated. Hope you have a great trip!

      February 1, 2020 at 11:44 am Reply
      • Bambie

        We cant wait! We’ve been reading a lot from your blog and it’s been very helpful! I just need to dig in to more as there’s so much out there 🙂

        February 2, 2020 at 3:23 pm Reply

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