All About the Humid Subtropical Climate

Whether it’s relaxing with family and friends, going out fishing, or some other activity, Florida’s waters are the ideal place to go boating. The reason for this is that Florida is in a humid, subtropical climate. It’s what makes the Indian River Lagoon so special and why 321 Boat Club is the perfect place to use for your boating adventure.

It’s easy to say that a specific area is the perfect place for boating but the climate of the Indian River Lagoon proves it. Understanding the humid subtropical climate will help you understand why the lagoon is such a great place to spend your time on the water and why it’s such a diverse place. So, with that in mind, here is all you need to know about the humid subtropical climate.


Humid subtropical climates are mostly on the east coast of the continents. This includes the southeastern United States in North America, parts of Brazil, Uruguay, and Argentina in South America, parts of southern Europe and Asia, north and east Australia, and most of New Zealand. These places are usually about 20 to 40 degrees north and south of the equator.


In humid subtropical climates, the temperature generally stays above 70 degrees during the day throughout the year. It does cool down a bit during some months but not to the point where it gets cold. There are only two seasons in humid subtropical climate; summer and winter. While the short winter is not cold, the summer lasts longer than most other places because the locations are so near to the equator.


While it stays warm for the majority of the year, the humid subtropical climate does get its fair share of rainfall. In fact, most of these areas get about 48 inches of rain each year. Florida is no different. The rain also falls throughout the year rather than during a specific period. Due to the common high temperature, water evaporates which causes humidity and precipitation. This high humidity makes the warm summer months seems that much warmer.


The vegetation of the humid subtropical climate is mainly evergreen trees, bushes, and shrubs. Rather than the hardy evergreens like pines and spruce, most of the evergreens in these areas are of the more delicate, broad-leaf types like palm trees and ferns. The reason why evergreens grow so well in this climate is because of the long months of summer and the regular rain. Also, due to the fact that the growing season for these plants can be as long as eight months, many of these plants can easily be farmed.


Due to the consistently warm climate, there are several mammals, reptiles, and amphibians that settle in the humid subtropical climate. While it’s different for each animal, there are advantages that influence these animals to make this climate their home. For example, the panther uses their sharp claws to climb trees which gives them protection from potential predators and gives them another opportunity to hunt for food. There are many types of trees that exist in this climate allowing them to utilize these skills. American Alligators are cold blooded so living in the warm climate allows them to warm up and cool down as they need. Also, their bodies blend in with subtropical surroundings which allow them to hide from predators and prey.

The fact that it’s located in a humid subtropical climate is a major reason why the Indian River Lagoon is the most biologically diverse estuary in North America with more than 2,100 different species of plants and more than 2,200 animal species calling the estuary home. It’s what makes the Indian River Lagoon such a special place to boat, regardless of what activity you plan on taking part in.

The fact that the Indian River Lagoon is located in a humid subtropical climate is a boon for those that wish to boat on the waters in the area. Apart from the fact that it’s the most biologically diverse estuary in North America, the temperature is always great for a day on the water, regardless of the time of year. If you’re looking to boat on the Indian River Lagoon, call on 321 Boat Club to provides your vessel.