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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.

Dress appropriately

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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