General Conditions 

Due to the warm waters of Gulfstream in the Straits of Florida, the Florida Keys enjoys a subtropical climate. The annual average temperature is 77 degrees with the average days of sunshine 76% of the year. Winds conditions are predominantly from the East throughout the year. They vary from 15-20 knots November through April and 10-15 knots May through October. Sailing conditions behind the barrier reef protection are generally excellent with minimal wave action. The Florida Keys offers many idyllic anchorages, but few opportunities for overnight mooring balls.

Historical Weather (Averages by month):

Month

°F Max

°F Min

°C Max

°C Min

Avg. #Wet Days

Avg. Wind Speed

January

 77

 71

25

22

6

NE 10-12 kts

February

 76

66 

24

19

5

E 10-12 kts

March

 78

 68

26

20

6

E 10-12 kts

April

 81

 72

27

22

5

SE 10-12 kts

May

 85

76 

29

24

7

SE 8-11 kts

June

 88

79 

31

26

11

SE 7-10 kts

July

 89

 80

32

27

12

SE 7-9 kts

August

 89

80 

32

26

14

SE 8-10 kts

September

 88

 79

31

26

16

SE 8-10 kts

October

 85

 76

29

24

11

NE 9-12 kts

November

 80

 72

29

22

7

NE 10-15 kts

December

 76

 67

 24

19

16

NE 10-15 kts 

Tides 

Large volumes of water move through the Straits of Florida between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic creating strong currents between the islands. The tidal range on average is 1 - 2 feet with occasional King Tides occurring in the Fall.

Weather Forecasts

Charterers can obtain the weather situation at any time by listening to the maritime weather forecasts.

NOAA - 62.400 MHz (serving the Keys from Key West through Marathon) gives relevant weather updates 24 hours a day 7 days a week

 

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