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Many people who do not live in Orlando assume that the weather there is sunny and hot most of the year-nothing could be further from the truth. As you make your move to Orlando, it may surprise you to discover that the area is home to a wide range of weather conditions, ranging from hot and humid to quite cool. Understanding typical Orlando weather can help you make decisions about how and where to store your belongings.

Living in a Subtropical Climate

Orlando has a subtropical climate. Practically speaking, a subtropical environment has a longer hot season than cold, with colder seasons that are often at night. While average temperatures can range from the 40s to the 80s throughout the day, they can dip below freezing at night. Summer months are much warmer, with temperatures hovering in the 90s. Interestingly, humidity is often above 85 percent, no matter what the month.

Luckily, for those who choose to live in Orlando, preparing for the climate is not difficult. When selecting a storage unit, one must consider the relatively high humidity and temperatures, which can damage some stored items. Because of this, it is important to choose a storage facility that is air conditioned and to pack items sensibly, such as using decedents in each box to help absorb excess moisture. Remember that some items, such as books and documents, need ventilation in order to avoid damage. Because of this, not all of your belongings should be sealed in airtight containers. Here are some helpful tips to remember:

  • Use acid-free boxes for photographs.
  • Store books and documents in fresh boxes and don't pack them too tightly to allow for ventilation.
  • Create and follow a maintenance schedule to regularly review your stored items for early signs of damage.

The Sunshine State Isn't Always Sunny

Florida is located on a peninsula and is surrounded on three sides by water. Coupled with the state's subtropical climate, the rainy season is just that-rainy. And the hot summer months of Orlando mean a lot of precipitation. You can expect a rain storm or shower each day, often during the afternoon. In fact, 73 percent of Florida's average rainfall occurs during the months of May-October. Florida is also located in "Hurricane Country" and can fall in the path of tropical storms and hurricanes, which increases the likelihood of excess rain. Luckily, most of Florida has a low-to-moderate risk of flooding.

To prepare for rainy season in your storage unit, use shelving units or pallets to keep items off the floor. It's also a good idea to use plastic bags or tubs on the bottom level of the shelving or pallet for further protection.

Other Weather Concerns

There are other possible weather conditions that bear consideration when packing and storing items in Florida:

  • Cold Weather - While the weather is generally mild in Florida, there are times during the winter when temperatures do dip below freezing. In fact, 2010 saw the coldest Florida weather in 30 years, with temperatures in the 20s.When storing your items, keep this in mind. Pack electronics carefully, covering them with moving blankets. Fragile items and those containing liquid should also be packed with care.

  • Wind - The average wind speed in Orlando ranges from nine to 11 mph. At times, the wind can be quite a bit more powerful, especially if there is a tropical storm, hurricane or other major storm system passing through. Keep this in mind when selecting a storage facility.

On the whole, Orlando weather is hot and humid. Daily summer rains cools things off-if only for a while. Orlando weather will have no impact on your storage unit and stored items if you take the time to understand its basic patterns and implement a few common sense storage solutions. Use our search tool to find the ideal Orlando storage unit.

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