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 2015 was an exception and particularly cold and frankly pretty miserable, as was the rest of the season. The occasional little cold spells which we expect lasted way more than a few days. In all our years of coming down here, we have never experienced such a lousy winter and nothing like the averages we outline below.



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2016 Winterfest Boat Parade:

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2016 Farmer's Almanac Predictions:  Average temperature of 70° that includes daytime highs and nighttime lows (which is 7° above the average). They're expecting that between:
Dec 1-9  It swill be sunny and warm,
Dec 10-17  Some thunderstorms but still quite warm
Dec 18-23: Sunny and warm
Dec 24-29: Some thunderstorms but again still quite warm
Dec 30-31: Sunny but cooling

Sounds pretty good to us, it can't be sunny and dry everyday--let's hope they are right.

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Average High in December: 77°F
Record High in December: 88°F (1973)
Average Low in December: 63°F
Record Low in December: 27°F (1934)
Average Rain in December: 2.09"

December is also the start of high season in Fort Lauderdale with an increasing number of snowbirds arriving daily and vacationers coming down for some fun in the sun over the holidays.

Imagine spending Christmas on the beach, where the water is still warm enough to swim in and bikinis are the uniform of the day.

With the town filling up, businesses do too. You may have to start waiting for a seat in your favorite restaurant and the stores definitely start getting more crowded at this time of year.

If eating and shopping aren't your thing, the warm weather in December allows for many sports related activities so Southern Florida is a popular venue for golf, tennis, polo, baseball, football, and even horse and dog racing.


Hotels get booked up pretty quickly and can be pretty pricey due to high demand and the holidays but you can still find some good hotel deals in Fort Lauderdale if you book early enough.

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