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Hello, wondering what the weather is like now in Fort Lauderdale ... not just temp (internet says high 70s to mid 80s right now) ... but overall feel of the weather with wind/humidity etc.

Same question for the Eastern Carribean routes (Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)

(I need help knowing what to pack!)

I went this time last year and packed all wrong - it was freezing in Florida and the Caribean was not as hot as I wanted it to be!)

Thanks!
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Hello, wondering what the weather is like now in Fort Lauderdale ... not just temp (internet says high 70s to mid 80s right now) ... but overall feel of the weather with wind/humidity etc.

Same question for the Eastern Carribean routes (Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands)

(I need help knowing what to pack!)

I went this time last year and packed all wrong - it was freezing in Florida and the Caribean was not as hot as I wanted it to be!)

Thanks!

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Thanks Dan - I wasn't looking for a website, more of a personal report from someone who's just come back. I can get a weather temp of most websites, but it can feel warmer/colder than what the weather report says based on wind and other factors.
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Usually the weather in Sofla is pretty much the same in the Bahamas. Right now they are having low 80's in Fla..
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[QUOTE=Queen of Oakville;1356281]Thanks Dan - I wasn't looking for a website, more of a personal report from someone who's just come back.

Weather in Florida can change very quickly so someone telling you what it was when they were there doesn’t mean that’s what you’re going to get. The best thing would be to watch several weather sites and judge from those. They give you somewhat of an outlook for the upcoming 10 days. I certainly would judge the weather by another persons report.
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Your best bet would be to check the yahoo weather a couple of days before you leave for Lauderdale. Even then it could change by the time you get here.

I live 1 1/2 hour north of Lauderdale and can tell you that we were up to 80 most of the day with a lot of wind then the rain came and we dropped temps real quick and no wind but will be in the mid 50's tonight.
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Weather has its little freaks all the time. I've seen frost warnings in Orlando in October and when we were in Fort Lauderdale in both November 2010 and back in January of this year, bottom line is all I wanted to wear was shorts and t-shirts. With all due respect, it says you are from Oakville, Ontario, CANADA! It's a LOT warmer that far south compared to here! Leave your winter jacket and snow pants home for sure

-27C here today, feels like -37C with the wind chill. I want to move to Fort Lauderdale

Seriousley, you are going to experience such a drastic change in temperature, what local southern people call cool or cold you are going to still feel warmer than they do. You're more climitized to the cold.

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Alright, thanks everyone.

Krunch, when we went to Florida, same time, last year, it was FREEZING in florida. If memory serves, the temps the at the time were like 18C according to the weaterh sites - which is beautiful spring-time weather in Ontario, and we packed for such (did a 4-day pre-trip to Cocoa Beach).

We were freekin freezing. It may have been 18C, but it felt more like 0. We were so cold and not prepared. I had the kids wearing their winter jackets .... unfortunately, i'd left mine in the car parked at BUF. It honestly felt like the same weather in Cocoa Beach that we'd just left in Toronto.
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Queen,

I hear what you are saying. You likley hit a weather freak that is just not all that normal down there. While 18C was the temp, the humidity and winds prone to coastlines are the factor here. I'm from Newfoundland and have lived in Mantoba for the past 12 years. I have seen both extremes.

Honestly, try to prepare for all weather but dominate the light clothes for warm to hot weather. Add a couple sweatshirts and a light jacket and I think you will likley be more than prepared. Can't predict the weather, but the odds are you will have nice weather. We had a 94 degree day in Jamaica in mid January

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I promise you that the weather will be gorgeous when you get here. It's been beautiful since 2/12. We had a sprinkle (and I do mean sprinkle) of rain yesterday. The skies have been sunny, blue and in the low 80's during the day and 60's in the evening. This is the best time of year to be in Florida. Just please do us a favor and shut the door when you leave home! Thanks.
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! Shut the door

You guys in Florida should consider bottling your weather for us to buy and bring back !

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Thanks Dan - I wasn't looking for a website, more of a personal report from someone who's just come back. I can get a weather temp of most websites, but it can feel warmer/colder than what the weather report says based on wind and other factors.

Here in Florida we often say, "another beautiful day in Paradise!" But we do get an occasional cold front where we have to don a jacket and even long pants. But they are few and far between. Hurricanes are more of a concern here on the coast than a little chilliness.

In winter, remember the east coast of Florida is washed by the Atlantic Ocean, not the Caribbean Sea. But the Gulf Stream [a warm current from the Gulf of Mexico] runs up our east coast just a few miles off shore. The Bahamas are east of the Gulf Stream and are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. So they can get cold in winter. But it doesn't happen often. Once you get about 500 miles south of Florida actually in the Caribbean, then you are in waters that stay warm all year long. So the air is warm too.
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