December to April is the best time span to go to Fort Lauderdale weather-wise, with warm, dry air and very little rain. Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding beaches becomes a magnet for visitors during this period, as is the case with nearby vacation destinations Miami and Palm Beach. Spring-breakers still come to party in March—though Fort Lauderdale is more family-friendly than notorious party spots like Miami and Daytona.
The heat of the summer sun is intense, made worse by the high humidity, which makes visiting anytime between June and September a constant effort to find air conditioning or a cold drink. It also means the annual flock of “snowbirds”—those who live there only for the agreeable winter months—migrate back to the cooler north to leave the place emptier for about six months of the year. Summer is also rainy season, so be prepared for short, daily downpours. On the plus side, summer also means less traffic and off-season prices.
Each year between June and November, Florida’s Atlantic coastline is threatened by hurricanes coming out of the Caribbean Sea. The chances of a direct hit are fairly remote, but it does happen. According to the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, September is the most active month for hurricanes in the South Florida region.