Weather in Fort Lauderdale: Climate, Seasons, and Average Monthly Temperature

Beach in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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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.

On average, Fort Lauderdale's warmest months are July and August while January is the coolest month, and 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 in the Atlantic Ocean hovers in the 70s and 80s year-round, meaning it's always warm and comfortable for a swim, so don't forget to pack your bathing suit any time you visit.

If you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway, be sure to read up on upcoming events, weather, and crowd conditions.

Fast Weather Facts

  • Hottest Month: August (average high of 90 F)
  • Coldest Month: January (average low of 57 F)
  • Wettest Month: June (9.8 inches over 16.9 days)
  • Best Month for Swimming: August (Atlantic temperature of 86.1 F)

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 by doing a little research. 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.

Winter in Fort Lauderdale

The winter season starts off in the height of the holiday tourist season in December, when hotel rates and airfare prices can be extremely high, and in January, snowbirds continue to flock down to Fort Lauderdale for the warm 70-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. However, in February, the temperatures are even more comfortable but the holiday crowds have also dispersed, so you'll likely have the beach to yourself. Atlantic temperatures remain in the mid-70s throughout the month, matching the air temperature in the region and making for some perfect beach days—especially since the winter is one of the driest seasons of the year.

What to Pack: For most of the season, you should be fine without having to bring a winter coat, but you may want to pack a few additional layers in case you're out on the waterfront at night (when temperatures drop into the high 60s). You can also leave the raincoat at home but should bring an umbrella in case of a sudden winter storm.

Average Air and Atlantic Ocean Temperatures and Rainfall by Month:

  • December: 68.5 F — Atlantic temperature of 76.1 F — 2.39 inches
  • January: 66 F — Atlantic temperature of 74.2 F — 2.62 inches over
  • February: 68 F — Atlantic temperature of 74.1 F — 3.24 inches

Spring in Fort Lauderdale

Although the busy spring break season brings droves of tourists down to Fort Lauderdale to party, you can typically find breaks in the crowd in early March and most of May. Fortunately, the temperatures in Fort Lauderdale hovers in the high 70s and low 80s in March while April is all sunny skies and beautiful temperatures in the 80s. Light showers tend to start in May and extend into heavy rainfall in June, but March and April remain relatively dry.

What to Pack: If you're traveling later in the season, be sure to pack an umbrella and waterproof shoes. Otherwise, you should be fine with a combination of pants, shorts, long and short-sleeved shirts, and, of course, your bathing suit.

Average Air and Atlantic Temperatures and Rainfall by Month:

  • March: 70 F — Atlantic temperature of 75.8 F — 3.58 inches
  • April: 74 F — Atlantic temperature of 78.6 F — 3.52 inches
  • May: 78 F —Atlantic temperature of 80.8 F — 6.20 inches

Summer in Fort Lauderdale

Although it's the hottest time of the year, summer in Fort Lauderdale is also one of the wettest seasons thanks to the arrival of tropical storms and hurricanes. June sees the most rain out of the year at nearly 10 inches, but the weather tends to be muggy, warm, and wet throughout the summer season. July is not only the hottest month—with highs around 90 degrees Fahrenheit—it's also one of the busiest times of year when it comes to summer crowds and the Atlantic Ocean at one of its warmest temperatures of 84.9 degrees. Finally, 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 and temperatures start to drop.

What to Pack: Shorts and sandals will keep you comfortable and help you beat the Florida heat in the summer, but you may need to bring a sweater if you plan on spending any time indoors as restaurants and attractions will be pumping air conditioning all season long. You may also want to bring a raincoat, rain hat, and waterproof shoes as much of the season receives heavy rainfall.

Average Air and Atlantic Temperatures and Rainfall by Month:

  • June: 81.5 F — Atlantic temperature of 83 F — 9.81 inches
  • July: 82.5 F — Atlantic temperature of 84.9 F — 7.41 inches
  • August: 83 F — Atlantic temperature of 86.1 F — 8.00 inches

Fall in Fort Lauderdale

September still has high-temperature averages in the upper 80s and brings in the crowds over Labor Day, but October is more comfortable with an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit and fewer crowds. However, November may be the best month to visit as not many people are there except for the locals—as long as you go before Thanksgiving. Throughout the fall season, the temperatures of the Atlantic Ocean drop as the rains subside. In September, ocean temperatures are around 85 degrees Fahrenheit and you can expect rain on up to 19 days of the month; in November, the ocean temperatures have dropped to 76 degrees and rain is only expected on around 10 days.

What to Pack: As with the summer, you should prepare for rain in the early part of the fall season by bringing waterproof shoes and coats, but you should be fine without needing to pack additional layers as temperatures rarely drop below 70 degrees throughout the season.

Average Air and Atlantic Temperatures and Rainfall by Month:

  • September: 82 F — Atlantic temperature of 85.1 F — 9.45 inches
  • October: 79 F — Atlantic temperature of 82.7 F — 6.40 inches
  • November: 73.5 F — Atlantic temperature of 76.1 F — 3.90 inches
Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall, and Daylight Hours
Month Avg. Temp. Rainfall Daylight Hours
January 75 F 2.6 inches 11 hours
February 77 F 3.2 inches 11 hours
March 78 F 3.6 inches 12 hours
April 82 F 3.5 inches 13 hours
May 85 F 6.2 inches 13 hours
June 89 F 9.8 inches 14 hours
July 90 F 7.4 inches 14 hours
August 90F 8.0 inches 13 hours
September 89 F 9.5 inches 12 hours
October 86 F 3.9 inches 12 hours
November 81 F 3.9 inches 11 hours
December 77 F 2.4 inches 11 hours