This report describes the typical weather at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States) weather station over the course of an average August. It is based on the historical records from 1998 to 2012. Earlier records are either unavailable or unreliable.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida has a tropical rainforest climate with no dry season. The area within 25 mi of this station is covered by oceans and seas (36%), marshes (20%), grasslands (17%), croplands (14%), and built-up areas (12%).
The month of August is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs around 90°F throughout the month, exceeding 93°F or dropping below 86°F only one day in ten.
Over the course of August, the length of the day is gradually decreasing. The shortest day of the month is August 31 with 12:40 hours of daylight; the longest day is August 1 with 13:21 hours of daylight.
The earliest sunrise is at 6:46am on August 1; the latest sunset is at 8:07pm on August 1; the latest sunrise is at 7:01am on August 31; the earliest sunset is at 7:41pm on August 31.
Daylight savings time is observed in 2012 but it neither starts nor ends in August, so the entire month is in daylight time.
The median cloud cover is 33% (mostly clear) and does not vary substantially over the course of the month.
On August 16, a representative day, the sky is clear or mostly clear 48% of the time, partly cloudy 28% of the time, and mostly cloudy or overcast 22% of the time.
The average probability that some form of precipitation will be observed in a given day is 63%, with little variation over the course of the month.
Throughout August, the most common forms of precipitation are thunderstorms, light rain, and heavy rain.
Thunderstorms are the most severe precipitation observed during 63% of those days with precipitation. They are most likely around August 12, when it is observed during 43% of all days.
Light rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 19% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 29, when it is observed during 13% of all days.
Heavy rain is the most severe precipitation observed during 11% of those days with precipitation. It is most likely around August 31, when it is observed during 8% of all days.
Either snow is exceptionally unlikely to fall at this location in August or this station does not reliably report precipitation types.
The relative humidity typically ranges from 56% (mildly humid) to 92% (very humid) over the course of a typical August, rarely dropping below 47% (comfortable) and reaching as high as 99% (very humid).
The air is driest around August 7, at which time the relative humidity drops below 60% (mildly humid) three days out of four; it is most humid around August 31, rising above 88% (very humid) three days out of four.
Dew point is often a better measure of how comfortable a person will find the weather than relative humidity because it more directly relates to whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid.
Over the course of a typical August, the dew point typically varies from 71°F (muggy) to 76°F (oppressive) and is rarely below 68°F (muggy) or above 79°F (oppressive).
Over the course of August typical wind speeds vary from 0 mph to 14 mph (calm to moderate breeze), rarely exceeding 19 mph (fresh breeze).
The highest average wind speed of 7 mph (light breeze) occurs around August 22, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).
The lowest average wind speed of 6 mph (light breeze) occurs around August 4, at which time the average daily maximum wind speed is 14 mph (moderate breeze).