Florida is called the Sunshine State, and none of its cities exemplify that better than Miami. It is the southernmost city in the state which means it is also the hottest due to its proximity to the Tropic of Cancer. Officially, it has what experts call a tropical monsoon climate. This means it is hot and wet in the summer and warm and dry in the winter.

More often than not, Miami weather is as sunny and vibrant as it is portrayed to be in television shows and movies. Temperatures tend to hover between the high 70s and mid 80s. During the height of summer, temperatures can easily reach the 90s. August is the hottest month, and its average temperature is 89.8 F. The record high for Miami in August was 100 degrees in July 1942.

Going to the beach in Miami is a wonderful excursion as the ocean provides a cool breeze that mitigates some of the heat. It also helps curb some of the intense humidity the city is known for. The humidity can make an 80 degree day feel like 160. For this reason, it is a good idea to stay near the coast where the breeze is. If you must be in the city, minimize your outdoor time during the spring and summer as much as possible. The evenings, fall and winter are quite pleasant. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 59.5 degrees F and a record low of 30 degrees F.

Inclement weather can occasionally be an issue for Miami residents. Hurricanes hit the area every four years or so. Major hurricanes are less frequent, occurring less than once every 10 years. Miami has not been directly hit by a hurricane since Hurricane Cleo in 1964. Because of its location and the fact that it is surrounded by oceans and has a low-lying coast, it joins New Orleans and New York on the list of the three US cities most vulnerable to hurricanes.

Rainfall is average in Miami, hovering around 60 inches per year. Rainfall is spread out pretty evenly throughout the months, but June, August and September are the wettest. December, January and February are the driest.

As you can probably guess, snow is a real rarity in Miami, but it does happen. Snow in Miami has been recorded twice: once in January 1977 and again in January 2010. The first incident was a full blizzard, but the second was only flurries.

Miami is a great vacation spot any time of year. The beaches are beautiful and pleasant in the winter as well as the summer. Nightlife is also exciting and fun every day of the year. However, there are a few tips to ensure that you visit Miami at the best possible time. When considering both weather and price, April and May are definitely the best times to visit. The average temperatures are 82 degrees F and 85 degrees F respectively, meaning it is neither as cool or as hot as it could be. By visiting during these times, you get to enjoy the warm weather and the beginnings of summer before the crowds come, and because they are just off peak season, hotels and airlines offer great discounts on your trip.

Whether you are moving to Miami for the first time or just planning a visit, it is good to be mindful of the climate. On most days, you will be just fine with sunblock and a pair of sunglasses. Less often, you may find yourself donning a raincoat and galoshes. No matter what, Miami weather is pleasant all year.