Weather and Climate
The Everglades are a vast area of wilderness set admist the climactic extremes of the subtropics. Visitors should be aware that the time of year they visit may have bearing on the services available. During the busy dry season, most facilities are open and a full range of tours and programs are available to enjoy. During the slow wet season, facilities may have restricted hours or close altogether, and recreational opportunities may be at a minimum.
The Dry Season
December through April
The Everglades are mild and pleasant from December through April, with low humidity and clear skies. Temperatures reach average highs of 77° F and lows of 53° F. Though strong cold fronts may occasionally create near freezing conditions, such events are rare in this subtropical climate.
Dry conditions and lower temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape. More troublesome insects, such as mosquitoes and biting flies, become virtually non-existent in most areas of the park. As water levels drop during the dry season, large numbers of animals congregate around remnant water holes, making wildlife viewing an easy endeavor. Birding is exceptional too, as many species winter in the relative warmth of the South Florida wilds.
Owing to both an abundance of wildlife and comfortable conditions, the dry season is the time of highest visitation in the Everglades. One can expect to find crowds of people at some of the more popular destinations, though opportunities for solitude are diverse and plentiful. During this time, a wide array of ranger programs and tours are offered. Those planning a visit during the dry season are encouraged to make reservations in advance for camping, lodging, and tours.
The Wet Season
May through November
The Everglades are typically hot and humid from May through November. Temperatures reach average highs of 90° F, with humidity over 90%. Afternoon thunderstorms can be expected daily, dropping heavy rainfalls that typically subside quickly.
Wet conditions and higher temperatures bring about significant changes in the Everglades landscape. As water levels rise during the wet season, animals disperse, making wildlife viewing a difficult endeavor. Finding hospitable conditions, some troublesome insects will become very abundant. The profusion of mosquitoes and biting flies can make outdoor pursuits downright uncomfortable. And the threat of tropical storms and hurricanes remains a constant concern.
Owing to both high insect levels and a paucity of wildlife, the wet season is the time of lowest visitation in the Everglades. One can expect to find few other visitors throughout the park, giving ample opportunities for solitude. During this time, the availability of ranger programs and tours is limited. Those planning a visit during the wet season should be advised that some facilites will not be operational during their stay.