How Often Does the Sun Shine in Tampa?

The annual average sunshine level in Tampa, and how the city compares to other cities in Florida and the United States.

The average annual sunshine level in the city of Tampa, Florida is 66%. That means, on average, the sun is shining 66% of the possible time it could be shining in Tampa on a yearly basis. The rest of the time clouds block the sun.

Sunshine levels do vary in Tampa, depending upon the months, though not to any great degree. The sunniest months of the year in Tampa are April and May, when it is sunny 75% of the time, followed closely by March at 71%. The next sunniest month is June at 67%, followed by February and October, which both average 65% sunshine levels.

The least sunniest months of the year in Tampa, Florida are August, September and December, which all average 61% sunshine levels. The next least sunniest month in Tampa is July at 62%, followed by January at 63%, and then November at 64%.

As you can see, there is not a great deal of of variation. Though Tampa has a much different pattern than most cities in the United States. Most cities are much sunnier in the summer, and much more cloudy in the winter months. Tampa starts to get really sunny in February, and that lasts through June, but then the summer months of July, August and September are basically the cloudiest months of the year in Tampa.

An odd weather fact for Tampa is that the city has bever had a 100 degree temperature reading.

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How the Sunshine Level in Tampa Compares to Other Cities in Florida

As you can see below, Tampa is not the sunniest city in the state of Florida, but neither is it the least sunniest. Tampa is right about in the middle in terms of annual average sunshine in the Sunshine State.

Key West - 76%

Miami - 70%

Apalachicola - 66%

Jacksonville - 63%

Pensacola - 60%

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Other Cities in the United States with 66% Annual Sunshine Levels or Above

All the following cities also average 66% annual sunshine. That does not mean any of the cities have the same climate as Tampa, just that they average the same amount of annual sunshine.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Macon, Georgia

Salt Lake City, Utah

San Francisco, California

Overall, Tampa ranks as one of the sunniest cities in the United States. There are plenty of cities that receive more annual sunshine, Yuma, Arizona is the sunniest city at 90%, but a lot more cities in the United States get far less sunshine in a yearly basis than Tampa does. The city with lowest annual average sunshine level in the United States is Juneau, Alaska at 30%.

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