Average Weather in Plantation Florida, United States
In Plantation, the summers are long, hot, oppressive, wet, and mostly cloudy and the winters are short, comfortable, humid, windy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 60°F to 90°F and is rarely below 46°F or above 93°F.
Based on the tourism score, the best time of year to visit Plantation for warm-weather activities is from early November to early May.
The hot season lasts for 4.0 months, from May 30 to September 30, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is August 8, with an average high of 90°F and low of 78°F.
The cool season lasts for 2.9 months, from December 6 to March 3, with an average daily high temperature below 78°F. The coldest day of the year is January 18, with an average low of 60°F and high of 75°F.
Average High and Low Temperature
The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the entire year of hourly average temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day of the year, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.
Average Hourly Temperature
In Plantation, the average percentage of the sky covered by clouds experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The clearer part of the year in Plantation begins around October 13 and lasts for 7.4 months, ending around May 26. On February 21, the clearest day of the year, the sky is clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 69% of the time, and overcast or mostly cloudy 31% of the time.
The cloudier part of the year begins around May 26 and lasts for 4.6 months, ending around October 13. On July 7, the cloudiest day of the year, the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy 70% of the time, and clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy 30% of the time.
Cloud Cover Categories
A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. The chance of wet days in Plantation varies significantly throughout the year.
The wetter season lasts 4.6 months, from May 23 to October 11, with a greater than 40% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 64% on June 20.
The drier season lasts 7.4 months, from October 11 to May 23. The smallest chance of a wet day is 15% on December 9.
Among wet days, we distinguish between those that experience rain alone, snow alone, or a mixture of the two. Based on this categorization, the most common form of precipitation throughout the year is rain alone, with a peak probability of 64% on June 20.
Daily Chance of Precipitation
To show variation within the months and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day of the year. Plantation experiences extreme seasonal variation in monthly rainfall.
Rain falls throughout the year in Plantation. The most rain falls during the 31 days centered around June 18, with an average total accumulation of 6.4 inches.
The least rain falls around December 23, with an average total accumulation of 1.4 inches.
Average Monthly Rainfall
The length of the day in Plantation varies over the course of the year. In 2018, the shortest day is December 21, with 10 hours, 30 minutes of daylight; the longest day is June 21, with 13 hours, 47 minutes of daylight.
Hours of Daylight and Twilight
The earliest sunrise is at 6:28 AM on June 9, and the latest sunrise is 1 hour, 6 minutes later at 7:34 AM on March 11. The earliest sunset is at 5:28 PM on November 30, and the latest sunset is 2 hours, 49 minutes later at 8:17 PM on July 1.
Daylight saving time (DST) is observed in Plantation during 2018, starting in the spring on March 11, lasting 7.8 months, and ending in the fall on November 4.
Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time
Plantation experiences extreme seasonal variation in the perceived humidity.
The muggier period of the year lasts for 7.7 months, from April 10 to December 2, during which time the comfort level is muggy, oppressive, or miserable at least 43% of the time. The muggiest day of the year is July 25, with muggy conditions 100% of the time.
The least muggy day of the year is January 27, with muggy conditions 24% of the time.
Humidity Comfort Levels
The average hourly wind speed in Plantation experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The windier part of the year lasts for 7.4 months, from October 7 to May 20, with average wind speeds of more than 9.8 miles per hour. The windiest day of the year is March 14, with an average hourly wind speed of 12.1 miles per hour.
The calmer time of year lasts for 4.6 months, from May 20 to October 7. The calmest day of the year is August 9, with an average hourly wind speed of 7.5 miles per hour.
Average Wind Speed
The predominant average hourly wind direction in Plantation is from the east throughout the year.
Plantation is located near a large body of water (e.g., ocean, sea, or large lake). This section reports on the wide-area average surface temperature of that water.
The average water temperature experiences some seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The time of year with warmer water lasts for 3.5 months, from June 24 to October 9, with an average temperature above 83°F. The day of the year with the warmest water is August 13, with an average temperature of 85°F.
The time of year with cooler water lasts for 3.7 months, from December 21 to April 10, with an average temperature below 78°F. The day of the year with the coolest water is February 2, with an average temperature of 76°F.
Average Water Temperature
Best Time of Year to Visit
To characterize how pleasant the weather is in Plantation throughout the year, we compute two travel scores.
The tourism score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 65°F and 80°F. Based on this score, the best time of year to visit Plantation for general outdoor tourist activities is from early November to early May, with a peak score in the first week of March.
The beach/pool score favors clear, rainless days with perceived temperatures between 75°F and 90°F. Based on this score, the best times of year to visit Plantation for hot-weather activities are from early April to late May and from mid October to early November, with a peak score in the first week of May.
For each hour between 8:00 AM and 9:00 PM of each day in the analysis period (1980 to 2016), independent scores are computed for perceived temperature, cloud cover, and total precipitation. Those scores are combined into a single hourly composite score, which is then aggregated into days, averaged over all the years in the analysis period, and smoothed.
Our cloud cover score is 10 for fully clear skies, falling linearly to 9 for mostly clear skies, and to 1 for fully overcast skies.
Our precipitation score, which is based on the three-hour precipitation centered on the hour in question, is 10 for no precipitation, falling linearly to 9 for trace precipitation, and to 0 for 0.04 inches of precipitation or more.
Our tourism temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 50°F, rising linearly to 9 for 65°F, to 10 for 75°F, falling linearly to 9 for 80°F, and to 1 for 90°F or hotter.
Our beach/pool temperature score is 0 for perceived temperatures below 65°F, rising linearly to 9 for 75°F, to 10 for 82°F, falling linearly to 9 for 90°F, and to 1 for 100°F or hotter.
Temperatures in Plantation are sufficiently warm year round that it is not entirely meaningful to discuss the growing season in these terms. We nevertheless include the chart below as an illustration of the distribution of temperatures experienced throughout the year.
Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season
Growing Degree Days
The average daily incident shortwave solar energy experiences significant seasonal variation over the course of the year.
The brighter period of the year lasts for 2.0 months, from March 27 to May 25, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter above 6.2 kWh. The brightest day of the year is May 2, with an average of 6.8 kWh.
The darker period of the year lasts for 2.7 months, from November 7 to January 29, with an average daily incident shortwave energy per square meter below 4.3 kWh. The darkest day of the year is December 22, with an average of 3.7 kWh.
Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy
For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Plantation are 26.134 deg latitude, -80.232 deg longitude, and 3 ft elevation.
The topography within 2 miles of Plantation is essentially flat, with a maximum elevation change of 16 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 4 feet. Within 10 miles is also essentially flat (20 feet). Within 50 miles is also essentially flat (82 feet).
The area within 2 miles of Plantation is covered by artificial surfaces (100%), within 10 miles by artificial surfaces (82%), and within 50 miles by water (43%) and herbaceous vegetation (30%).
This report illustrates the typical weather in Plantation, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.
Temperature and Dew Point
There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Plantation.
For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Plantation according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.
The estimated value at Plantation is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Plantation and a given station.
The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (43%, 9 kilometers, northeast); Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (36%, 10 kilometers, southeast); and North Perry Airport (21%, 15 kilometers, south).
Time zones for aiports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .