Destin's sparkling white beaches and emerald water makes it a popular beach vacation destination any time of year. Located in Northwest Florida's Panhandle along what is known as the Emerald Coast, its world-famous fishing defines it as the "world's luckiest fishing village." Considering its overall average high temperature of 78 F and an average low of just 54 F, its no wonder it is a year-round golfing destination as well.
If you're planning to travel to Destin, be sure to check out local weather forecasts so you can better pack for your trip. While you may need little more than a bathing suit, shorts, and sandals during the summer, fall and winter may require warmer attire and a light jacket for the chillier evenings.
The highest recorded temperature in Destin was 107 F in 1980 and the lowest recorded temperature was a very cold 4 F in 1985. On average, though, Destin's warmest and wettest month is July while its coldest and driest is January. Of course, Florida's weather is unpredictable so you may experience higher or lower temperatures or more rainfall than the average on your trip.
Staying Up-to-Date with Weather in Destin
The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, so if you're planning a vacation to Florida during those months it is important to follow these tips for traveling during hurricane season. However, no matter what time of year you plan to visit, you'll want to be sure to check local forecasts as Florida's weather is known to be drastically volatile, especially during hurricane season.
The best and most reliable website to visit for current weather conditions, five and 10-day forecasts, and extreme weather updates is Weather.com, but if you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway, find out more about weather, events and crowd levels from our month-by-month guides.
Average temperatures, rainfall, and water temperatures for Destin don't vary much throughout the year, but the water's cooler at the end of the winter and warmer at the end of summer—still, you'll need to check what the weather's going to be like during your stay if you hope to remain comfortable on your trip.
Typical Weather Forecasts by Season
The most popular time to visit Destin, Florida is during the summer months of June, July, August, and September. Average highs for this time of year range between 90 F in June to 91 F in August, with September cooling slightly to a high of 88. Lows—oftentimes only at night—average between 68 F in June to 66 F in September. However, summer is also the rainy season in the Panhandle, bringing an average of six inches of rain in June, nearly seven inches in both August and September, and almost 10 inches in July.
Gulf water temperatures remain in the high 80s all summer long.
When fall comes to northern Florida, it brings with it slightly cooler weather—October's monthly average high temperature only reaches 80 F while November falls to 72 and December has a high of 64. Lows for each of these months also plummet to 54, 46 and 39, respectively while rain stops falling as constantly with only four to five inches each month; also, Gulf temperatures range between 77 F in October to 68 F in December.
Winter is even colder, with highs dropping to 61 F and lows to 37 F in January, but warm coastal weather comes up again in February and March, with March climbing back up to 71 F highs and 46 F lows. Rainfall remains between five and seven inches for most of the season, and the gulf remains the coldest for this time of year, ranging from 64 F in January to 66 F in March.
Spring warms up even more with April bringing highs of 78 F and lows of 51 F while May takes the high to 84 and low to 60 and June climbing up to 90 F. It doesn't rain much in spring, though, with less than five inches for each month of the season.