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Climate Normals
(Long-term Average)
Record Data Observation Site
History
Additional
Links

 


 

The Florida Keys are a chain of islands that swing in a southwesterly arc from the southeast coast of the Florida peninsula, with the island of Key West being located near the western end this chain. Due to the nearness of the Gulf Stream in the Straits of Florida, and the tempering effects of the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Keys have a notably mild, tropical-maritime climate.
 
Diurnal temperature variations throughout the year range about 10 degrees. Winter cold fronts tend to be modified by the warm water as they move in from the north, keeping monthly average temperatures typically only 15 degrees lower in the winter than during the summer. There is still no record of frost, ice, sleet, or snow in Key West, but ice has been reported in the Upper Keys.
 

December through April, referred to as the dry season, receives roughly 25 percent of the annual rainfall, usually ahead of cold fronts. June through October is considered the wet season, receiving approximately 60 percent of the yearly total in showers and thunderstorms. Easterly waves during this season occasionally bring excessive rainfall, while infrequent hurricanes may be accompanied by unusually heavy amounts.

 


 

Normal Temperature & Precipitation Data
(1991-2020 Normals)

 

Florida Keys Annual Normals

  Maximum
Temperature (°F)
Average
Temperature (°F)
Minimum
Temperature (°F)
Rainfall
(In.)
Key West 83.7 78.9 74.0 40.44
Marathon 84.5 78.8 73.1 39.72

 

 

 Seasonal - Key West & Marathon (PDF Format)
Key West Seasonal Normals Graphic Marathon Seasonal Normals Graphic

  

 

Monthly - ASOS & COOP Sites from Dry Tortugas to John Pennekamp (PDF Format)
Key West Monthly Normals Graphic Marathon Monthly Normals Graphic

  

 

Daily - Key West (PDF Format) Daily - Marathon (PDF Format)
Key West Daily Normals Graphic Marathon Daily Normals Graphic

 

 


 

Record Temperature & Precipitation Tables
( PDF Format )

KEY WEST
1871/1872 - Present

MARATHON
1950/1951 - Present

TAVERNIER
1948/1949 - 2009

 

Top 5 Rankings in Past 30 Years
( Key West Only, 1981-2010 - PDF Format )
 

Top 10 Rankings On Record
( Key West Only, 1871-Present - PDF Format )
 


 

Key West Weather Office & Climate Observation History

Key West is one of the longer climate record sites in the United States, with continuous records dating back to 1871Shown below are a couple of maps depicting the office/climate observation sites over the years, as well as a table with more detailed information on these locations. While the weather office moved to the Key West International Airport in July of 1957, the climate record site did not transition to this location until March  1st, 1958. It has remained at the airport ever since, though with several localized moves.

Image of Climate Observation Site History

 



Additional Local Climate Links

 

Historical Data from around the Florida Keys


What are Heating / Cooling Degree Days?


Wind Frequency Plots for Key West