Fort Lauderdale Weather



Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the center of the beach cuture in the United States. Since the 1960's movie "Where the Boys are", Fort Lauderdale has been the best known strip of sand in the United States. The near tropical climate of Fort Lauderdale allows from a great beach vacation 12 months a year. The Atlantic ocean waters off Fort Lauderdale are over 80 F most of the year, and in the middle to upper 70's in the winter months - much warmer than places on the Gulf Coast, East Coast, and Pacific coast of California. Combined with the warm and breezy climate, gorgeous azure waters, and suger white sands, the beaches of Fort Lauderdale pull in the plane loads of travelers year after year.  

November through mid April is the most popular time to visit Fort Lauderdale - this is the cold season in the rest of the United States. High temperatures average from 75 to 81 F from November through April (though many days see temps over 81 F) and warm nights average 60 - 65 F.  This is the time of year that will see the most tourists, and beaches, hotels, and roads are the most crowed. Sidewalk cafes and outdoor venues are teeming with lots of people on the strip in Fort Lauderdale in the winter months. The summer months (June – September) see hotter temps and the rainy season, so the crowds are smaller.

 Pack light weight and light colored clothing if traveling to Fort Lauderdale. Sandals are the preferred casual footwear in most of Florida - so avoid heavy shoes and socks that will be uncomfortable in hot weather. If traveling in the coldest winter months (December through February), pack a few pair of long pants and long sleeve shirts (even a light sweat jacket) just in case a cool winter morning appears (below 60 F). Typical winter dress is Bermuda shorts, light shirts, and sandals in Fort Lauderdale.