I got a text message yesterday asking if the forecast of thunderstorms for every day this coming week is just Florida being Florida. In other words “is it really going to rain through my whole trip?”

Friends, they call Florida “The Sunshine State”, but in the summer months it rains nearly every day. In general, those rain showers are short-lived. It is fairly rare for Central Florida to have a day with continuous rain, though it does happen. Hurricane season can bring heavy rains and strong winds, but it is also rare for hurricanes to do much more than that in Central Florida.

So, what is a weary traveler to do?

If there are heavy storms, including lightning, you will probably want to find an indoor activity. Many resorts will host activities when the weather gets nasty. Or, it might be a good time to take in a movie you’ve been meaning to see, have a lazy day indoors, enjoy a leisurely meal, or explore the nooks and crannies of your resort.

If it’s just raining (and that rain might get heavy here and there), your best bet is waterproof shoes and rain gear! Almost all theme park stores sell ponchos if you forgot to bring yours, but I would put that on my personal packing list. There are a few attractions that will close down temporarily in the event of heavy rain and/or lightning, but many attractions are indoors and queue areas are covered.

Best suggestion: get out there and go for it! My mother always says, “You’re not made of sugar; you won’t melt!”  And remember, a rainy day in the parks is always better than a sunny day at the office!