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People visit Pensacola all throughout the year, although the major tourist season is the summer, beginning at about the middle of April and continuing on through the end of August. During this time of year, the rates on accommodations are generally higher and the lines for attractions are generally longer. However, there is also a little bit more to do in Pensacola at this time of year so the pros outweigh the cons for some people and keep travelers coming to the area despite the crowds. Regardless of the time of year, there is always something going on. Gallery nights, festivals, fairs, outdoor concerts, Blue Angel air shows...the list goes on and on.
Winter months are usually mild with temperatures averaging around 50 degrees Fahrenheit with the occasional frost. It is also possible for it to rain most days in the winter, as well. Some visitors may find the winter conditions of the Gulf of Mexico tolerable for a swim, but you won't find the locals taking a dip unless they are die-hard surfers decked out in their wet-suits ready to brave the strong winter currents. During the summer months the temperatures even out a bit with the water generally being just a degree or two warmer than the air. The average high temperature is approximately 85 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest months of the year. July through September are the hottest months and are known by the locals as the 'dog days of summer,' meaning that the humidity can be unbearable and an afternoon thundershower is inevitable.