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Florida Keys Weather & Climate

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Wherever you are right now, chances are the weather is better here in the Florida Keys. That's true even on a summer day. The hottest it's ever been in Key West is 97° F (36° C), and that was way back in 1880. At the peak of summer, the average high is 89° F (32° C). We don't have any super-highways or urban sprawl to radiate the sun's heat. Not only that, but our islands are surrounded by cooling ocean waters.

Sunset Wise Floridians from the mainland flock to the Keys on steamy weekends because the air is usually a few degrees cooler here. The water temperature might be in the mid-80s (30° C) but the sea is nevertheless refreshing for swimming, snorkeling or diving. In the winter, cold fronts can bring frost to mainland Florida, but you can be sure there will be no frost here. The all-time record low for Key West is 41° F (5° C) set in 1981. Divers or snorkelers usually get by with a "shortie" wet suit.

During these winter months, it almost never rains. By late May, however, the season's first thundershowers start popping up. Rarely do they stick around long enough to spoil an entire day. You might be wondering about the Atlantic hurricane season, which can affect the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States as well as the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The official hurricane season begins June 1st and ends on November 30. Traditionally, the highest potential for storms is between Aug. 15 and Oct. 15. However, the daily weather during this period tends to be some of the most beautiful of the year.

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Average Water Temps for Key West

  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
° F 69 70 75 79 83 86 87 87 86 82 76 72
° C 21 21 24 26 28 30 31 31 30 28 24 22

Average High Air Temps for Key West

  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
° F 75 75 79 82 85 88 89 89 88 84 80 76
° C 24 24 26 28 29 31 32 32 31 29 27 24

Average Low Air Temps for Key West

  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
° F 65 66 69 72 76 79 80 79 79 76 71 67
° C 18 19 21 22 24 26 27 26 26 24 22 21

All-Time Record High for Key West 97° F (36° C) July, 19, 1880
All-Time Record Low for Key West 41° F (5° C) Jan. 13, 1981

Average Rainfall

  Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
inches 2.0 1.8 1.7 1.8 3.5 5.1 3.6 5.0 5.9 4.4 2.9 2.0
cm 5.1 4.6 4.3 4.6 8.9 12.9 9.1 12.7 14.9 11.2 7.4 5.1

Average Sunset Times

Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
5:50 pm 6:16 pm 6:31 pm 7:45 pm 7:58 pm 8:15 pm 8:22 pm 8:11 pm 7:45 pm 7:13 pm 5:47 pm 5:38 pm