Average Weather in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gentle waves, palm trees and a lifeguard station on Fort Lauderdale's sandy beach.
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It's not just the party atmosphere that turned Fort Lauderdale into a popular spring break destination for college students. Fort Lauderdale, located in southeast Florida, has nearly perfect weather to go with its sugary, white-sand beaches.

What to Pack

If you're wondering what to pack for your vacation or getaway to Fort Lauderdale, shorts and sandals will keep you comfortable in the summer and help you beat the Florida heat. A sweater will usually keep you warm enough in the winter unless you'll be out on the water. Of course, don't forget your bathing suit. Although the Atlantic Ocean can get a bit chilly in the winter, soaking up the sunshine is not out of the question.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. If you plan on visiting Florida during hurricane season, keep your family safe and protect your vacation investment with these helpful tips for traveling during hurricane season. Tropical storms can range from simple rain showers to highly destructive forces of nature, so it is important to be prepared whether you live in Florida or are simply visiting.

Typical Monthly Weather

On average, Fort Lauderdale's warmest months are July and August while January is the coolest month. The maximum average rainfall usually falls in June. Of course, Florida weather is unpredictable so you may experience higher or lower temperatures or more rainfall in a given month. However, the water temperature hovers in the 70s and 80s year-round, meaning it's always warm and comfortable for a swim.

If you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway, you can check out upcoming events, weather, and crowd conditions in our month-by-month guides.

January

Snow birds flock down to Fort Lauderdale in January for the warm 70s temperatures.

  • Average High Temperature: 75° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 57° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.64 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 74.2° F

February

In February, the temperature is comfortable, and the holiday crowds have dispersed so you'll have the beach to yourself.

  • Average High Temperature: 77° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 59° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.23 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 74.1° F

March

Come spring, Fort Lauderdale hovers in the high 70s and low 80s.

  • Average High Temperature: 78° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 62° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.58 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 75.8° F

April

April is all sunny skies and beautiful temperatures in the 80s.

  • Average High Temperature: 82° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 66° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.50 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 78.6° F

May

Light showers tend to start in May and extend into heavy rainfall in June. You may want to pack an umbrella.

  • Average High Temperature: 85° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 71° F
  • Average Precipitation: 6.18 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 80.8° F

June

June sees the most rain out of the year, as the weather tends to be muggy, warm, and wet.

  • Average High Temperature: 89° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 74° F
  • Average Precipitation: 9.80 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 83° F

July

July is not only the hottest month, but it's also one of the busiest when it comes to summer crowds.

  • Average High Temperature: 90° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 75° F
  • Average Precipitation: 7.40 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 84.9° F

August

Although most schools start in August, you'll still find many beach-goers, especially at the end of the month as Labor Day draws near.

  • Average High Temperature: 90° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 76° F
  • Average Precipitation: 7.99 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 86.1° F

September

September still has high temperatures and brings in the crowds over Labor Day.

  • Average High Temperature: 89° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 75° F
  • Average Precipitation: 9.45 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 85.1° F

October

October is more comfortable weather and has less tourists.

  • Average High Temperature: 86° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 72° F
  • Average Precipitation: 6.42 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 82.7° F

November

November is a great month to visit Fort Lauderdale as not many people are there except the locals. Just make sure to go before Thanksgiving.

  • Average High Temperature: 81° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 66° F
  • Average Precipitation: 3.90 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 78.8° F

December

At peak holiday season, the hotel rates can be extremely high, so book far in advance.

  • Average High Temperature: 77° F
  • Average Low Temperature: 60° F
  • Average Precipitation: 2.40 inches
  • Average Ocean Temperature: 76.1° F