Weather Blog: Month of October warmer, wetter than normal

By Jamie Martin, Meteorologist
Last Updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:10 PM EST

Aside from Hurricane Matthew, our weather in October was largely controlled by an area of high pressure just to our north. The onshore flow gave the beaches some above normal temperatures.

  • Central Florida was generally warm for month of October
  • Monthly average temperatures above normal in several cities
  • Hurricane Matthew deluged several counties

Orlando had a monthly average temperature of 76.5 degrees. That was 1 degree above normal.

Daytona Beach had a monthly average temperature of 75.3 degrees. That was 1.3 degrees above normal.

Melbourne had a monthly average temperature of 77.5 degrees. That was 1.5 degrees above normal. That makes it the eighth warmest October on record for this site. Records go back to 1937.

Vero Beach had a monthly average temperature of 78.1 degrees. That was 1.6 degrees above normal. That ties 2005 and 1998 as the eighth warmest October on record for this site. Records go back to 1942.

Hurricane Matthew

Matthew brought heavy rain to Central Florida on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. A band of 7 to 9 inches of rain fell from Volusia to western Orange counties. Between 2 to 4 inches fell elsewhere. This made up over 60 percent of the monthly rainfall in most locations. Here are some numbers:

Orlando had 2.77 inches of rain for the month — 0.54 inches below normal.

Daytona Beach had 7.97 inches of rain for the month — 3.76 inches above normal.

Melbourne had 6.32 inches of rain for the month — 1.26 inches above normal.

Vero Beach had 4.15 inches of rain for the month — 0.76 inches below normal.

Titusville had 10.28 inches of rain for the month, making it the 10th wettest October on record for this site. Records go back to 1901.

Sanford had 9.90 inches of rain for the month. It was the fourth wettest October on record for this site, since 1948.

Clermont had 5.33 inches of rain for the month, making it the 10th wettest October on record for this site, since 1948.