The inaugural SQLRally in Orlando is less than a week away (May 11-13)! Maybe you're coming to Orlando for the first time, or maybe you've been here before but just aren't familiar with the area. I live a few miles away from the Marriott so I thought I'd share some "insider" tips. After posting my tips for travel & hotel, food, shopping, and entertainment yesterday it hit me that I forgot to mention one of the best things about coming to Florida this time of year - the weather!
Mid-May temperatures in Orlando peak in the low-90's (F) in the afternoons and drop into the low 70's (F) at night. What gets most people when they come here, though, is the humidity. It's not uncommon for the humidity to reach 60-75% on an average day, and when it rains it'll get close to 100%.
Speaking of rain, occasionally there are isolated showers in the afternoon that last 20-30 minutes - long enough to get the ground wet - but an hour later you'd never know it even rained because the heat evaporates all the water again. The biggest problem it causes is on the roads because for some reason people forget how to drive when it starts to rain.
If you have allergies bring your medication of choice - pollen levels in the area are very high this time of year.
The Everglades (massive wetlands that cover 1\3 of Florida) start in Orlando and that means there are a lot of places with standing water. Standing water is breeding grounds for mosquitos and they come out en masse when the sun goes down! You may want to pick up some bug spray for the outdoors after hours events we have planned on Wednesday and Thursday.
Here's the forecast for May 11-13, courtesy of weather.com:
Don't forget your bathing suits, sandals, and sunscreen…and see you next week at SQLRally!