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Ideal conditions exist between December and May, when temperatures average between 60°F and 85°F (16°C and 30°C), and average rainfall is a scant 2.14in per month. Summer is very hot and humid, with thunderstorms rolling in at 3pm or 4pm – not to mention the constant threat of hurricanes. August is both the rainiest and hottest month – and there’s always the chance of hurricanes. Call 305-229-4522 for a weather report. See the climate charts following.

When to go

Learn this word: snowbird. That’s Floridian for ‘folks who migrate south to escape the northern winter’, and we have a feeling you’ll be joining the flock. Yes, there’ll be crowds, but consider fighting them, as Miami’s year-round heat and humidity gets downright hellish come summer. Temperatures regularly top 90°F (32°C) from about June through September, and local mosquitoes have a series of fecund orgies, which is why the tourism industry experiences a lull during this time. It’s not unusual, though, for Miami to experience bouts of chilliness (though locals and weather presenters alike keep this info close to their chests). In midwinter, temperatures can often dip into the low 40s at night, and hover in the barely warm 50s during the day – despite unwavering forecasts that claim ‘tomorrow will bring highs in the 70s!’ If it’s between December and February, don’t believe that until you feel it, and be sure to pack for a variety of possibilities.