Fort Lauderdale Weather in January

South Florida’s Coolest Month of the Year

Fort Lauderdale weather in January is only a few degrees cooler than December weather and still very pleasant. The end of December (2019) this year was lousy, we've never seen so many days or clouds and rain in a row.

January is also the month when most northerners arrive after spending the holidays back home with their families, so things really start to pick up around here at this time of year.

Average temperatures in January run in the mid to high 70s, making it a great way to begin the New Year.

Happy 2020!

Average High in January: 76°F
Record High in January: 88°F (1965)
Average Low in January: 60°F
Record Low in January: 23°F (1940)
Average Rain in January: 1.73"

We can't help but feel a little guilty wearing shorts and T-Shirts in January, frolicking along the beach during the day while the rest of the continent is shivering and bracing themselves for some of the coldest days of the year. The ocean waters are cool but on warmers days when the sun is shining you can't help but take a dip.

TIP: The weather in January can get a touch cool, especially in the evenings, so don't forget to pack some long sleeve T-Shirts or a light jacket for those evenings when a cold front happens to be passing through the southern end of the Sunshine State.
Remember this is a long state, so unlike the northern part of the state, the weather in January is usually warm unless some arctic air happens to make its way all the way down south.

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Anglins Beach Cafe - Commercial Pier

Since Lauderdale-by-the-sea did such a great job revamping the area near the beach at the Pier we've been spending a fair amount of time in the area and  thought we'd give the Beach Cafe another chance.

We hadn't eaten there in a couple of years and although the scenery and setting were great the food was just average and a little greasy. Boy have things changed!

Although we noticed a name change to Organic Beach Cafe last year and the addition of a new side terrace we still never found the time to give it another try. We wish we had sooner....

Fort Lauderdale Weather in August

South Florida's Hottest Month of the Year

Very similar to July, Fort Lauderdale weather in August is an interesting mix of intense heat, fleeting afternoon thunderstorms, beautifully warm seas and crystal clear blue skies.

Hotels are chock full of tourists and the bars and cafes along the beach are filled to the brim with happy vacationing patrons.

August is hot and humid with average daily temperatures in the 90s. Even at dinner time the thermometer is often well above 80 degrees so if you're coming for a visit in August pack light both in the number of items you bring (because you'll be in your bathing suit most of the time) and the type of clothing you pack.

Fort Lauderdale Weather in December

South Florida closes the year with lots of sunshine!

Although historically one of the 'coolest' months of the year, Fort Lauderdale weather in December is still very pleasant. An occasional cold front can bring some very cool air down from the north but that rarely lasts more than a couple of days.

December can be a magical time in South Florida. Some years it's fabulous while others not so good. We remember back in the 90s coming down around Xmas and it was warmer up north than in Fort Lauderdale. Thankfully that was an exceptional year.

Although December 2017 is predicted to be a typical year, one never knows. The occasional little cold spells which we expect to last only a few days can, in some years, last much longer. And with all the changes in weather these days who knows.

With that in mind, there is some good news. Although they are expecting a not-so-great and colder year for most of the country, the South (Florida) is supposed to be spared and may even be warmer than average. Fingers crossed.

Fort Lauderdale Weather in September

Still sticky, still beautiful as we head into Fall.

We've never actually been down here in September but our neighbors and friends tell us that Fort Lauderdale weather in September is very similar to August but with slightly less heat and humidity.

From what we're told, you can expect it to still be pretty hot, sticky, and humid with ocean waters warmer than ever. I guess that's why Hurricane season is at its peak for South Florida at this time of year. With Hurricane Harvey hitting Texas a week ago it's nerve wracking to even think about hurricanes.

Like August, September can bring some very severe thunderstorms so be on the lookout and take shelter if you see lightning in your area. Then just sit back and enjoy the show.

With the onset of Labor Day, Fort Lauderdale gets pretty quiet as tourist season comes to a screeching halt and the snowbirds are enjoying Fall back home and kids are heading back to school. So September (like May--we love May and often spend the whole month here, May 2017 was especially great!) is a great month to come down here if you're looking for a good deal. Many hotels offer their lowest rates in the month of September.

August 2017 was a couple of degrees hotter than average on most days but the expectation for September is that most days will be 1 or 2 degrees cooler than average. That sounds pretty good to us.  

Average High in September: 88°F
Record High in September: 98°F (1955)
Average Low in September: 76°F
Record Low in September: 59°F (1938)
Average Rain in September: 8.12"
TIP: As we mentioned before, ample notice (up to a week and more) is given when a hurricane is heading towards South Florida so if you're a vacationing tourist and a hurricane is heading your way most airlines will let you change your ticket without penalty to get you back home and out of harms way. 
With average temperatures running between the upper 70s and upper 80s Fort Lauderdale weather in September is ideal for a quick Labor Day Weekend getaway. The ocean temperature is supposed to be perfectly warm yet refreshing and the summer swelter has eased enough to hit the links.

We may give it a try next year.

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