Time and Weather in Miami, Florida

Miami is the center of South Florida and is the most populous among other countries. The climate is Monsoon tropical, which means that winters are also warm there and temperature does not fall under 20ºC. (68.2ºF). The Gulf Stream plays an important role in shaping that kind of climate.

Time Zone

Miami falls into EST (Eastern Standard Zone) from autumn until the end of the winter – EST+1. Changing the time zone from EST to EDT (Eastern Delight Time) happens on the second Sunday of March at 2:00 am. EST is then advanced to 3:00 am, leaving a gap of one hour between EST and EDT time zones. Going back to the EST time zone happens on the first Sunday in November, at 2:00 am removing that 1 hour gap.

Except for Miami, part of Eastern Canada, Panama, the Caribbean Islands, and Quintana Roo are in these time zones. Eastern Standard Time is 5 hours behind Greenwich and Eastern daylight time is 4 hours behind Greenwich

Although it's warm in winter in Miami, the sunset begins approximately at 6:00 am. Day length is around 10 hours and 40 minutes. In summer, the day length increases to 13 hours and 20 minutes and begins and half-past 6:00 am and ends at 8:00 pm.


Temperature in Miami

Thunderstorms are very usual in the evenings and mostly happen during the wet season, which starts in May and continues until mid of October. During that period, the temperature is in the mid-29-35ºC. The sea breeze is also common in Miami and is developed off the Atlantic Ocean.

The lowest temperature ever recorded in Miami was – 2.8ºC (27F) which happened on February 3, 1917. The highest temperature recorded was 38ºC(100F) on July 21, 1942. The coldest consecutive period of several days in Miami was recorded in 2010, which continued for 12 days and was the coldest period since the 1940s.


Rain in Miami

As for rain, Miami has an average rainfall of 1570mm (61.9 inches) annually and this kind of a wet season starts from mid-May and continues until mid of October.

Snow in Miami

As for snow, it has never been recorded in Miami. Although, there are some claims of seeing snow flurries during the cold wave on January 19, 1977.

Thunderstorms in Miami

Rain and thunderstorms are reported in Miami more often than in other states, which are caused by the location surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and where two major bodies of tropical water flow meet. They happen more than 80 days a year and are mostly followed by heavy rains and lightning. Tornadoes also periodically occur but are still rare in Florida. However, in 1964, tornado Cleo hit the country and brought lots of damages and losses. It was followed by hurricane Betsy in 1965. In 2005, two hurricanes – Katrina and Wilma hit the state and at least 35 direct and 26 indirect deaths were recorded after the least one.

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