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Unlike most of Florida, Gainesville has some fairly large seasonal fluctuations. Its inland location means that it is shielded from the temperature moderation that the bodies of water surrounding Florida provide. It is also too far inland to benefit from any 'ocean breezes'. The heat and humidity in July and August should not be underestimated.
During the summer, Gainesville experiences typical Florida weather, with high humidity and frequent rainfall, with highs usually in the mid-90s (about 35°C) but rarely above 100°F (38°C) and 6in (15cm) of precipitation per month. During the winter, Gainesville is significantly colder than the rest of the state, and temperatures may drop to freezing. In some years, there are sustained freezes; historically, this has caused severe repercussions on the region’s agricultural industry.
The city has a brief period of classic autumn weather between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and a slightly longer period of spring weather between Valentine’s Day and April Fool’s. Most residents agree that the weather is the most pleasant during March; there is little rain or humidity and the weather is warm but not hot.As the city is inland, Gainesville does not suffer from the problem of tropical storms nearly as much as the coastal cities. Occasionally, though, a particularly forceful hurricane will make its way to the Gainesville region. Most recently, in September 2004, Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne passed through northern central Florida, causing significant damage.