Winter 2022 weather forecast for Lakeland, FL

Prepare for winter weather in Lakeland, FL with these seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks.

Cloudy sky over downtown Lakeland, FL streets and businesses

Winter is on the way, weather you like it or not.

Photo by @nicolefeller_

We know the question on your mind, Lakelanders — when’s it going to get cold? Thanks to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, we know what temperatures and precipitation trends to expect in our city for December, January, and February. While exact weather conditions typically can’t be predicted more than a week in advance, here’s a seasonal outlook to help you prepare for what winter will bring.

NOAA national seasonal temperature outlook map

It’s almost time for cooler weather, Swan City.

Map via NOAA

🌡️ Temperature
Think warm. This winter, Lakeland has a 40-50% chance of temperatures being higher than normal.

🌨️ Precipitation
Expect slightly less precipitation. Lakeland has a 40-50% chance of seeing below-normal rainfall amounts this winter.

What we’ll deal with in December
Typically in December, average temperatures will only fluctuate between 55.4° and 72.5°. Pro tip: December has the shortest days of the year and is the month with the least amount of sunshine, so midday is the best time to get outdoors at places like Bonnet Springs Park.

Jumping into January
Break out your scarves. We probably won’t see any snow, but the first month of the year is usually also the coldest — average high and low temps will likely be between 68.5° and 50.9°. January also has the least amount of days of rainfall, and we can expect to start the new year off with around 4.3 rainy days.

The forecast for February
Temperatures will start to climb back up in February. Average highs will reach 72.9°, and lows will grow to 54.3°. We can start preparing for springtime strolls through Hollis Garden with 7.8 average hours of sunshine each day and a cloud cover of 37% — the highest of the year.