Disney Dining Blog – Check the Forecast

It seems like many people have an unrealistic expectation of the weather in Florida, especially at this time of year. Too often upcoming travelers pack for warm days and comfortable nights. They are then caught off guard when the daytime high stays around 60 degrees (usually with wind) and at night the temperatures drops to 40. I grew up in New England, I know that 40 is not all that cold, but I also know that I don’t want to head outside without a jacket.

I love living in Orlando at this time of year, in part because the extreme heat and humidity and the daily strong storms are behind us. The weather is also all over the place. It is not uncommon at this time of year for locals to use both the heat and the AC on the same day. As I write this, the 10 day forecast includes one day where the high temperature will be near 66, and another at 83. The low temperature at night during that time ranges from 48 degrees to 63.

The easiest way to make sure that you’re prepared for whatever temperatures are in store for your vacation is to check the forecast before you leave home. Don’t automatically assume that Florida always has warm weather. Since my family and I have lived here we’ve seen temperatures in the 20’s plenty of time. We’ve also seen wind chills in the teens. When that happens, the Target Stores that are closest to Walt Disney World usually run out of jackets. You don’t want to spend part of your souvenir budget on something that you have back home. Don’t assume that you’re in for warm weather, check the forecast the day before your vacation. That way, you won’t be caught off guard.

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About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.