Guide to Fort Walton Beach Weather

A man fishing in shallow water near Fort Walton Beach, Florida
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If you're planning a Florida vacation or getaway to Fort Walton Beach, read on to find out more about the weather there. 

General Weather Information

Located in Northwest Florida's Panhandle along its Emerald Coast, Fort Walton Beach has an overall average high temperature of 78° and an average low of 54°. This is Florida and the weather can be unpredictable, so visitors should expect extremes from time to time.

That was evident in 1980 when the temperature reached a sweltering 107° and again in 1985 when the thermometer dipped to a very cold  4°.

What to Pack

On average, Fort Walton Beach's warmest month is July and January is the average coolest month. The maximum average rainfall usually falls in July. Packing for any Florida beach destination in the summer is pretty simple—bathing suit, a cover-up and sandals. Just know that you'll also need resort casual clothing for dining out and, if you'll be out on the water in the evenings, you may need a light sweater.

Be sure to follow our tips for traveling during hurricane season if you'll be in Florida between June 1 and November 30. For more information about events and crowd levels in Florida, consult a month-by-month guide.

Monthly Temperatures and Rainfall

  • January
    Average High: 61° F
    Average Low: 37° F
    Average Precipitation: 5.80 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 63.3° F
  • February
    Average High Temperature: 65° F
    Average Low Temperature: 40° F
    Average Precipitation: 5.39 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 62.2° F
  • March
    Average High Temperature: 71° F
    Average Low Temperature: 46° F
    Average Precipitation: 6.52 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 65.1° F
  • April
    Average High Temperature: 78° F
    Average Low Temperature: 51° F
    Average Precipitation: 4.26 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 70.6° F
  • May
    Average High Temperature: 84° F
    Average Low Temperature: 60° F
    Average Precipitation: 4.32 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 76.6° F
  • June
    Average High Temperature: 90° F
    Average Low Temperature: 68° F
    Average Precipitation: 6.08 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 82.8° F
  • July
    Average High Temperature: 91° F
    Average Low Temperature: 71° F
    Average Precipitation: 9.40 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 85.2° F
  • August
    Average High Temperature: 91° F
    Average Low Temperature: 71° F
    Average Precipitation: 6.91 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 86.2° F
  • September
    Average High Temperature: 88° F
    Average Low Temperature: 66° F
    Average Precipitation: 6.72 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 83.3° F
  • October
    Average High Temperature: 80° F
    Average Low Temperature: 54° F
    Average Precipitation: 4.53 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 79.1° F
  • November
    Average High Temperature: 72° F
    Average Low Temperature: 46° F
    Average Precipitation: 4.70 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 72.3° F
  • December
    Average High Temperature: 64° F
    Average Low Temperature: 39° F
    Average Precipitation: 4.57 inches
    Average Gulf of Mexico Temperature: 66.9° F

For more information on Fort Walton Beach weather, including current weather conditions and forecasts, visit weather.com.