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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published July 24 2013

Weather Talk: Vacation in Key West offers tropical weather conditions

I am back at work this week after a two-week vacation. For a few days during that time, my wife and I visited Key West, Fla. I like Key West for many reasons: the relaxed pace of life, the tropical flowers, the seafood. But I really enjoy going there in summer to experience the tropical weather.

The hurricane threat is not really very high during early and midsummer (the storm threat goes up in August and September), and the weather is usually gorgeous. It is almost always sunny although summer can bring frequent, non-severe thundershowers, especially at night.

The temperature is very steady, rarely falling much below 80 degrees at night or much above 90 in the day.

Humidity, of course, is high, and that is an acquired taste. And the direct, overhead sun is blazingly hot.

But the effect is to slow down the pace of life. Having traveled to Key West in both summer and winter, I much prefer the summer conditions. Besides, it is less expensive there this time of year.

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