Fort Myers, located in Southwest Florida, has an overall average high temperature of 84 and low of 64 degrees, making it the ideal destination for tourism year-round—well, except for the Atlantic hurricane season which runs from June 1 through November 30.
The nearly perfect weather of Fort Myers might have been one of the reasons that Thomas Edison fell in love with the Fort Myers area and built his winter home in 1886. His friend, Henry Ford, joined him nearly 30 years later and today the Edison-Ford Winter Estate is visited by thousands each year.
Also visited by thousands is Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel Island, the preferred destination for many shell-seeking vacationers. Even the weather in the winter is nearly perfect since the American Sandsculpting Championship Festival is held on Fort Myers Beach near the end of November each year.
If you're wondering what to pack when visiting Fort Myers, shorts and sandals will keep you comfortable in the summer and nothing more than a sweater or light jacket will usually keep you warm enough in the winter. Of course, don't forget your bathing suit. Although the Gulf of Mexico can get a bit chilly in the winter, sunbathing is not out of the question.
Annual Averages and Hurricane Warnings
Of course, there are extremes in every location, and the temperatures in Fort Myers are known to fluctuate quite extensively. The highest recorded temperature in Fort Myers was a scorching 103 degrees in 1981 and the lowest recorded temperature was a very chilly 24 degrees back in 1894. On average Fort Myers's warmest month is July while January is the average coolest month, and the maximum average rainfall usually falls in June.
Fort Myers, like most of Florida, has remained relatively unaffected by hurricanes for more than a decade, but the 2017 Hurricane Irma devastated much of the state's coastal areas, including parts of Fort Myers. If you plan on traveling during hurricane season, be sure to inquire about a hurricane guarantee when you book your hotel.
If you're looking to vacation a specific month in Fort Myers, read on to discover more about the average monthly temperatures and rainfall, and what to pack for different ports below in our seasonal breakdown.
Traveling to Fort Myers by Season
In the winter months of December, January, and February, most of the state cools down significantly, but Fort Myers remains in the mid-50s to mid-70s throughout the season and gets relatively little rainfall. Highs for winter peak at 77 in December and February and lows bottom out at 54 in January, meaning there's never really much need for more than a light jacket this time of year.
Spring heats up pretty constantly into summer, meaning you won't need to bring more than swimwear, shorts, t-shirts, and light shoes or flip-flops throughout both of these seasons. Starting in mid-March, temperatures climb into the 80s and by May temperatures average at a high of 89 degrees, moving up to 92 degrees by late July and into August. Summer is also the rainy season, so be sure to pack a raincoat and umbrella as June, July, and August each get over nine inches of rain annually.
The rains continue into September but dry up as the weather begins to cool off in mid-to-late-October, but lows only get down to the lower 60s in late November. Unlike other places further north in the United States, Florida doesn't really experience the cooled-off fall, and it's only winter when you'll need to bring a coat of any variety.
When planning your trip, especially when packing for your vacation to Fort Myers, be sure to visit weather.com for current weather conditions, 5- or 10-day forecast, and more.