South Florida's Starting to Leave Winter Behind
With the two coldest months of the year behind us Fort Lauderdale weather in February is ideal. The days are now getting noticeably longer and although the average temperature is not that much warmer than in January, the month is sprinkled with some hotter days.
|Average High in February:||77°F|
|Record High in February:||94°F (1964)|
|Average Low in February:||62°F|
|Record Low in February:||25°F (1947)|
|Average Rain in February:||2.06"|
As the rest of North America is still frozen in mid-winter, Fort Lauderdale maintains its tropical climate.
Depending on how susceptible you are to the cold you may still need that light sweater in the evening (especially if you are dining along the coast) but as the month progresses it becomes less necessary.
Vacationing Northerners can pretty much assume that they will be able to shed their parkas and sit by the pool in bathing suits, and go home with a Florida tan. Admittedly, Mother Nature can sometimes throw a wrench into things both in January and February (and did she ever in 2010!). Keep in mind that a short vacation is more than just about heat, it's a change in scenery and routine.
2012 Update:2011 wasn't a great year for weather down here over the winter months but Christmas this year was amazing with beautiful hot days and warm nights. January is also looking good. So far it's been beautiful and if this keeps up February 2012 should be incredible!
The Farmer's Almanac predicts a little more rain than normal (for dry season) and bigger fluctuations in temperature for February 2012 but their predictions so far for January have missed the mark. We're going to stick to our hunch (based on the weather to date) that February is going to be great because as we mention here it's usually pretty good this time of year.
With March just around the corner, you can feel the effects of spring on Fort Lauderdale weather with gentler breezes and calmer seas. February here is a terrific time to take advantage of mild temperatures and get a head start on Spring. It will always be warm enough for outdoor activities like fishing, boating, diving or just hanging out and grabbing a beer watching the tide roll in and out and feeling a bit sorry for everyone that isn't you. (But just a bit).
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