Located just north of the Tropic of Cancer, Greater Miami is blessed by sunny weather
throughout the year, and a pleasant tropical climate that draws visitors from around
the world. Summers tend to be hot and humid while winters are mild. But the heat
is often tempered by sea breezes or refreshing afternoon rain showers. From December
to March expect highs in the mid to upper 70’s °F and lows in the low
60’s °F. The temperate weather during this period is often an ideal time
to schedule a medical trip. As the middle of the year approaches the temperature
and humidity will rise significantly, making for some hot and humid summers. Average
temperatures from June to September are in the upper 80’s °F to low 90’s
°F (High) and in the mid 70’s °F (low).
Medical tourists traveling to South Florida should take the following precautions
(especially during the summer months):
Avoid midday heat
If you are traveling during the summer months then it is important to avoid the
midday heat. The sun is the hottest between noon and 3:00 p.m. This is a good time
to have a snack, nap, or go shopping at an indoor mall.
Drink lots of water
Unless contraindicated by your doctor, while in South Florida, drink more water
than you are used to at home – even if you don’t feel thirsty. Dehydration is a
serious concern for anyone, but it is especially dangerous for someone who has had
a recent surgery as it will hinder the healing process.
Forget about heavy coats and gloves, South Florida’s tropical climate is ideally
suited for shorts, khakis and other light-weight loose fitting clothing. A light
sweater or raincoat is also recommended especially if you are visiting during the
rainy season or winter.
Carry an umbrella
Rain showers are often unpredictable so it is a good idea to always carry an umbrella
around, especially during the rainy season which runs from June through September.
Protect yourself from Florida’s sunny skies by using sunscreen, sunglasses, and
a hat. Although moderate sun exposure can be healthy, too much sun can also be dangerous.
Patients who have undergone plastic surgery must be especially careful to keep out
of the sun as it can hinder healing and promote unattractive scarring. To protect
yourself from the sun’s rays:
- Avoid exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Use a sunscreen with a SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or greater (higher if you
are fair skinned)
- Use a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB radiation.
- Use sunglasses that offer UVA protection
- Wear a hat
Watch out for lightning strikes
Florida is the number one U.S. state for lightning strikes. On average there are
ten people killed each year by lightening and many more injured. Although the chance
of getting hit by lightning is extremely low, it is important to be aware of potentially
dangerous situations and know what to do if thunderstorms are present. To protect
yourself from a lightning strike, pay attention to the following recommendations
from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA):
- Avoid open areas
- Seek an enclosed shelter as soon as you see the signs of a thunderstorm approaching
or when you hear a thunderclap.
- Stay away from isolated tall trees, towers or utility poles
- If you are inside, make sure to stay away from electrical equipment and wiring and
avoid using a corded phone.
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