JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Mother Nature served up a pleasant stretch of autumn to end off the month of September, but October is when things really start to cool off across the First Coast.
At least as far as averages go.
But, what is "average" anyways?
Here in Jacksonville, climate data has been recorded since 1871. The current location at the Jacksonville International Airport was established in 1971.
Meteorologists use the last 30 years to come up with daily, monthly, and yearly averages. This is to keep the numbers current with the changing climate. The averages across the board were updated earlier this year with the new time period of 1991 to 2020.
As far as temperatures go in Jacksonville, October shows the greatest dip in average daily low and high temperatures. Fall weather lovers, rejoice!
For the JIA (also known in the weather world as KJAX) specifically, the average daily low temperature on October 1 is 67-degrees. By November 1, that drops to 55-degrees. The average daily high temperature on October 1 is 85-degrees. By November 1, that number also takes a big dip to 77-degrees.
"Average" is mentioned often because as we all know there are many times our temperatures and rainfall are ABOVE or BELOW average. The weather patterns ebb and flow, so average gives us a good baseline for where we "should" be during a certain time of the year.
Overall though, a general cool down is on the way through the end of the month. Enjoy!