Tampa Weather in October

October's weather is a vast improvement over previous months at Tampa, Florida. There's much less rain and fewer hot days now.

This page gives detailed information on the typical October temperature, precipitation, sun, humidity, wind and storms for Tampa.

The numbers here are historical averages based on climate data gathered at the Tampa International Airport, located near Tampa Bay and the city center.

Temperature Weather iconTemperature

84 °F October average high 29 °C
68 °F October average low 20 °C

In most years, Tampa averages a daily maximum temperature for October that's between 83 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit (28 to 30 degrees Celsius). The minimum temperature usually falls between 66 and 70 °F (19 to 21 °C).

The days at Tampa cool quickly during October. By the end of the month, the day's average temperature has dropped around 6 °F (3 °C) below what it was at the start.

2 days 90 °F max. or more (32 °C)
17 days 70 °F min. or less (21 °C)

The temperature rises most days in October to over 80 °F (26 °C) in Tampa. Temperatures above 100 °F (38 °C) are not expected here this month.

The thermometer dips to 60 °F (16 °C) or below on an average of 4 nights. Occasionally an October night gets as cold as 50 °F (10 °C).

Rainy Weather iconRain

2.3 in total precipitation 57 mm
7 days of rain

Half the time, Tampa receives 0.9 to 3 inches (22 to 84 mm) of rainfall in October. One in four years has drier weather, while another one in four is wetter.

Sunny Weather iconSun

66 % sunshine
11 days clear skies

The sun's rays reach the ground in Tampa during 66 percent of daylight hours on average in October, for a total of 235 hours in the month. Typically on 11 days this month the sky is mainly clear, with at most 30 percent cloud cover.

Sunlight in October at Tampa lasts for 11 hours and 28 minutes a day on average. The longest day of the month is the 1st with 11 hours and 53 minutes of daylight. By the end of the month, the days have shortened to 11:06 from sunrise to sunset. These durations can vary by a minute or two from year to year.

Humid Weather iconHumidity

74 % October average humidity

The relative humidity in Tampa during October usually peaks at 89 percent in the morning then drops to 56 percent by early afternoon.

Local Time1 am4 am7 am10 am1 pm4 pm7 pm10 pm
Humidity % 85 88 89 68 56 56 71 80

Windy Weather iconWind

8.3 mph October wind speed average 13.4 kph

October is an average month for wind speed at Tampa.

Stormy Weather iconStorms

1 day rainfall of 0.5 inches (13 mm) or more
3 days with thunderstorms in October
12 % chance a named storm approaches

There's a four percent probability that a hurricane will approach within 100 miles (165 km) of Tampa during October. The chance of a major category 3 to 5 hurricane reaching the area is one percent.


These weather data are long-term historical averages provided by the National Climatic Data Center of the United States. The temperature and precipitation numbers are 1981-2010 normals while the humidity and thunderstorm statistics are 1961-1990 normals. The named storm probabilities come from the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Hurricane Research Division.

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