Florida Keys, Alabama, USA: Live Weather

Live weather in Florida Keys

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Thursday 22 August
18:52 GMT | 14:52 EDT
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22 Aug
UK Time: 19:02 BST
Local Time: 14:02 EDT
Partly Sunny
88°F (31°C)
8mph (13kmh)
  • Sunrise 07:03
  • Sunset 19:55
Temp feels like: 100°F (38°C)
Length of Day: 12h 52m
Pressure: 30.04" (1017 hpa)
Visiblity: 10 miles (16 km)
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Historic Temperatures for 22nd August in Florida Keys

Average High 88°F (31°C)
Record High 91°F (33°C) (1949)
Average Low 79°F (26°C)
Record Low 1°F (-17°C) (2016)

Weather in Florida Keys

Florida Keys is a group of around 1700 islands in the southeast of the United States of America (USA). The islands run south west from Miami and span over 110 miles, connected by bridges and causeways laying along the Florida Straits dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west.  The Keys are divided into 4 divisions as follows: Upper Keys, Middle Keys, Lower Keys, accessible by car and outlying islands which are only accessible by boat.  The Upper Keys islands are leftovers of large fossilized coral reefs which became exposed as sea level declined.  The Lower Keys are sandy form collections of lime stone grains produced by plants and marine organisms.  The <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Florida Keys is described as the American Caribbean.  The weather is a tropical climate and usually beautiful and sunny all year round with moderate temperatures and tropical breezes.  This is an exotic location with its own micro-climate.  Summer temperatures do not normally exceed 900F and winter temperatures do not fall below 600F.  The climate and the environment is much akin to the Caribbean in comparison to the rest of Florida.  The Keys have very distinguishing plant and animal species due to the climate which are found nowhere else in the USA.  The plants are coconut palm, hibiscus and papaya.  The animals are key deer and american crocodile which are found in the national parks.   This is an area of mainland USA which has not ever experienced frost.   The average annual precipitation is 39 inches plus, with the most incurred in the months from July to September.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

The islands boast fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, boating, sailing, kayaking and eco-tours.  There are also plenty of other attractions at the Keys such as parks, private / public beaches and plenty of shopping outlets which are all nice to enjoy in the lovely weather.  The Keys are also well known for its culture and artists, with plenty of galleries to visit, vintage / antique shops and cabaret shows.  There are also plenty of annual events to come and experience such as Fantasy Fest â" Halloween celebration, Pirates in Paradise Festival â" celebrates the end of the hurricane season, Island Jubilee â" arts and crafts festival, Key West Literary Seminar â" readings and literary parties, Birding and Wildlife Festival and Jazz and Blues Festival, with plenty more.  There are also shipwrecks to explore and the only living coral barrier reef in the USA.  Life here is very easy going.  Florida Keys is a great place to enjoy the weather, culture, wildlife or attractions.  You can look at the weather averages which provide a weather forecast to give you a good idea of when the best time to book your holiday would be. 

Florida Keys' weather is quite often threatened by tropical storms and hurricanes which result in habitants being evacuated to the mainland.  The worst hurricane to hit the Keys was Labour Day Hurricane of 1935 which was the most severe of all being a category 5 with between 400 and 600 people killed and a lot of infrastructure destroyed.  The official hurricane season is 1st June to 30th November.  August through to October seem to be the months when most storms occur.  Due to the islands location, surrounding water and the water level they are at severe risk of devastating flooding and winds from storms yearly.  The Keys have an annual average temperature of 800F with cooling waters and cooling tropical breezes.  The highest temperature ever recorded was in 1880 when temperatures reached 970F and an all time low in 1981 when temperatures dropped as low as 410F.  There are two main seasons in the Keys, winter and summer or dry and wet season.

In winter the weather is normally very warm with the odd cooler day maybe being in the 60âs.  Winter season is November through to April.  Temperatures are normally in the 70âs and 80âs which is not too bad! This season is characterised by lots of sunshine and little rain.  Water temperatures are normally in the 70âs so still warm enough to snorkel or swim.  There is normally not much rain during this season normally having less than 25% of the annual rainfall.  Rainfall normally occurs following cold fronts, with heavy or light showers but ending quite quickly.  High season is mid December through to March so this is when it is the busiest.  During winter months temperatures stay in the 70âs and low 80âs with water temperatures staying in the 70âs.

In summer the weather is hot but with showers, which are often, but come and go quickly and serve as a relief from the heat.    Summer season is May to October.  Rain normally falls every day in this season.  Showers or any thunder storms normally occur in the afternoon.  June, July and August are the hottest months.  Summer is off season so it is cheaper to travel here and is also less crowded but summer is the time when hurricane season starts so this danger does need to be kept in mind. Some people are put off from travelling to the Keys in this season due to the rain and the hurricane season. During summer months the average temperatures are 890F with average water temperatures of mid 80âs.

The âKeyâ part of the Florida Keys name comes from the Spanish word Cayo which means little island.  The Florida Keys is the closest you can get to the equator whilst still being in USA.  Three of the main islands are: Key West which is a small island but has plenty to offer; Key Largo which is a larger island and is well known for diving as the coral reefs attract the divers and Islamorada which is also a great destination for scuba divers and snorkelers as it boasts a vast array of marine life.  There are plenty of other islands in the Keys so why not take a look at what these beautiful islands have on offer to suit your needs the most.

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