The three warmest cities in Florida are Key West, Marathon, and North Miami.
In this article I’m going to share with you my ranking of the warmest places in Florida.
I created my list by researching data provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other climate data providers.
Below I’m listing the top 10 warmest places in Florida that have the highest average yearly temperatures. Later in the article I share a table with 100 most populous cities in Florida.
Top 10 Warmest Cities in Florida
Here are the top 10 warmest places in Florida ranked by their daily mean temperature. They’re all located in South Florida which has a warmer tropical climate compared to more temperate subtropical climates of Central Florida or North Florida. The differences between the top 10 cities are very small because they’re the hottest cities in the entire state. Whichever of these places you’ll choose, you’ll have guaranteed warm weather year round. For comparison, the average daily mean temperature for all 100 Florida cities I researched for this article is 73.25 °F.
1. Key West – daily mean temperature of 78.85 °F
Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States. It’s the hottest city in Florida and one of the hottest in the nation. It’s also the most humid city in Florida. Located in the Florida Keys, Key West enjoys a tropical savanna climate which I consider one of the best climates to live in. Sun shines intensely the entire year. The average low temperatures (at night) in the winter are at least 65 °F while during the day they climb to 75 °F. With high humidity, summers feature what some may call “sizzling hot temperatures” of 90 °F with up to 75% relative humidity. Still, if you’re looking for the hottest Florida weather, Key West should be one of your primary options.
2. Marathon – daily mean temperature of 78.8 °F
Marathon is a city in the Florida Keys, set on 13 islands, about 50 miles northeast of Key West. There’s almost no difference climate-wise between these cities. The annual daily mean temperature only differs by 0.05 °F. According to data, Marathon has a few more days with precipitation than Key West. Other than that, these two cities feature the same hot tropical climate the Sunshine State is known for.
3. North Miami – daily mean temperature of 78.5 °F
North Miami would be the third warmest city in Florida, only I used a different climate data provider for this city so the difference between North Miami and the other cities may be non-existent. North Miami has hotter summers and cooler nights than cities located in the Keys.
4. Islamorada – daily mean temperature of 77.9 °F
Islamorada, another city in the Florida Keys, encompasses five islands. It has much fewer days of precipitation (87) than Key West (107) and Marathon (112). This makes it a better option if in addition to having some of the hottest weather you also want fewer rainy days.
5. Miami – daily mean temperature of 77.45 °F
Miami, the second most populous city in Florida, is surrounded by other cities that together form the Miami metropolitan area. Three of them are also featured in the top 10. If you’re not interested in living in a tiny town or a small city but still want to enjoy year round heat, the choice comes down to Miami (and its suburbs) or Fort Lauderdale (and its suburbs). Jacksonville has a much lower daily mean temperature of 69.25 °F. Tampa has an average annual temperature of 74.55 °F. Orlando has a daily mean temperature of 71.4 °F. Other big cities in Florida are also cooler than Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
6. Doral – daily mean temperature of 77.25 °F
Doral is located about 16 miles west of downtown Miami. Due to its distance from the Atlantic Ocean coast, it has hotter summers than Miami. Another difference is that it has much fewer days of precipitation than Miami. Miami has 141 while Doral has 98. Other than that, both cities have almost the same warm to hot winter weather with high temperatures and enjoy plenty of sunny days year round.
7. Pompano Beach – daily mean temperature of 77.2 °F
Pompano Beach is located 11 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and 11 miles south of Boca Raton. Like Miami, it has a tropical monsoon climate with guaranteed sunny days most of the year, comfortable summer-like winters, and extreme heat in the hottest months.
8. Fort Lauderdale – daily mean temperature of 77.15 °F
Fort Lauderdale, along with Miami, is one of the principal cities of South Florida. Like Miami, its location right by the Atlantic Coast makes its summers slightly cooler than further inland. Still, temperatures are already high in early June, reaching on average 88 °F. Average high temperatures in Fort Lauderdale are about 1 degree lower than in Miami.
9. Opa-locka – daily mean temperature of 76.9 °F
Opa-locka is located 15 miles north of downtown Miami. As mentioned before, there’s virtually no difference between Miami and its neighboring cities and that’s the case for Opa-locka as well. Both are some of the hottest places in the Sunshine State.
10. Hialeah – daily mean temperature of 76.55 °F
According to climate data, the tenth warmest place in Florida is Hialeah, another city forming the Miami metropolitan area. Unlike Doral, it has cooler summer highs, more similar to Miami. Even though Hialeah places last, there’s almost no difference in winter temperatures between Hialeah and Key West. For example, between December, January, and February, Hialeah and Key West have daily highs of 77.6-77.7 °F and 77.7-77.4 °F, respectively. The only difference is in the summer when the Key islands have 2-3 degrees hotter nights.
100 Biggest Cities in Florida Ranked by Daily Mean Temperature
I created the table below by researching data for the most populous municipalities in Florida. When I couldn’t find data for a given city, I moved on to another. While the list includes 100 cities, some of the bigger cities may be missing because there was no data for them. Please check the closest geographically city then.
|City||Average high temperature (°F)||Average low temperature (°F)||Daily mean temperature (°F)|
|West Palm Beach||83.5||68.6||76.05|
|North Miami Beach||83.3||68.8||76.05|
|Palm Beach Gardens||82.1||66.6||74.35|
|Port St. Lucie||83||63||73|
|Indian Harbour Beach||82||63||72.5|
|New Smyrna Beach||79.5||64.4||71.95|
|Fort Walton Beach||78.1||61.4||69.75|
Check the Warmest Cities in Neighboring States
If you’re interested in learning about the warmest cities in states neighboring Florida, check out the following articles:
If you’re looking for a warm weather state, you may also be interested in the warmest cities in Hawaii.
Speaking of the warmest cities, you may also want to read my article on the warmest beaches in Florida in March.
You’ll also enjoy reading my article titled “What City Has the Best Weather in Florida?“
If you’re looking to vacation in the region, you may also want to read my article on the weather in the Bahamas.
Frequently Asked Questions
The warmest city of Florida is Key West, with an annual daily mean temperature of 78.85 °F.
The warmest part of Florida during winter is South Florida, and more specifically, the Key Islands which have warmer nights than Miami and neighboring cities.
If you want stereotypical Florida weather (the hottest and sunniest weather year round), then choose any city between Fort Lauderdale and the Keys. If you want mild winters and more cooler months, consider the Florida Panhandle. For example, the small town of Milton has winters with average daily highs of 60 °F and four months with average daily temperatures higher than 80 °F (compared to nine in Miami).
All parts of Florida are humid in the summer. The only difference is in the winter when North Florida and the Florida Panhandle, with their cooler temperatures, will also have lower humidity. Generally speaking, inland cities have less humidity than the coastal ones.
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