The city of Weston is awash with sunlight for most days of the year – a feature it happily shares with other communities in South Florida. What sets Weston apart from most of the region, though, is its geography.
Weston is bordered entirely to the west and partly to the north by the sprawling tropical wetlands of the Everglades. The city also occupies land that was once part of the Everglades, so within its borders you will find wetlands and natural lakes and canals that it has the responsibility to maintain. This has greatly influenced the development of Weston, and has resulted in a picturesque community surrounded by lush greenery and numerous lakes.
Climate and weather
Here are some quick facts about the climate in Weston:
- It gets an average of 246 sunny days a year
- The highest temperature is around 91 degrees F, and the hottest days are usually in July
- The average temperature in summer is around 82.7 degrees F
- The average temperature in winter is around 68.5 degrees F
- The lowest temperature is around 58 degrees F, with the coldest days usually in January
- It gets around 55 inches of rainfall a year, which is higher than the U.S. average of 37 inches
- It gets zero snowfall
Storms and flooding
As with the rest of South Florida, Weston is also hit during hurricane season, which typically takes place from June to November. As of 2013, the city has recorded 75 hurricanes, the largest of which took place in 1947.
Weston participates in the National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System, and has achieved a rating of Class 7. This allows homeowners of certain areas to get a discount of 15% on flood insurance costs. In some designated zones, however, the maximum discount that may be allowed is only 5%.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has developed Flood Insurance Rate Maps to show flood zone areas in various communities, including Weston. Residents are encouraged to review the flood maps to see if they belong to a flood zone, and should get flood insurance. Flood maps for Broward County can be found here: http://www.broward.org/PermittingAndLicensing/Licensing/Engineering/FloodZoneMaps/Pages/ProposedNewFloodMaps.aspx.
Here are some quick facts about Weston’s geography:
- It is bordered to the north by Sunrise and the Everglades, to the south by Southwest Ranches, to the east by Davie, and to the west by the Everglades.
- It has a land area of 27 square miles. This includes 1,877 acres of lakes and canals, and 2,200 acres of wetland mitigation.
- It is located at the interchange of the I-595 and I-75, providing easy access to Miami, Naples, Fort Lauderdale and Florida’s Turnpike.
- Distance and estimated travel time to nearby major destinations are as follows:
- Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport – 18 miles (25 minutes)
- Downtown Fort Lauderdale – 19.5 miles (27 minutes)
- Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood beaches – 25 miles (30 minutes)
- Downtown Miami – 31 miles (42 minutes)
- Miami International Airport – 28 miles (35 mins)
Wetland mitigation, lakes, and canals
As a condition to building homes and businesses in its location, Weston maintains two wetland preservation areas that include forested tree islands, sawgrass marsh, open water habitats, and aquatic refuges.
The city also maintains 1,877 acres of natural lakes and canals, around which certain vegetation has been planted to help preserve the ecosystem and the water’s quality.