Record highs also set or tied in Melbourne, Sanford, Fort Myers, Marathon and Key West
Temperature records were broken up and down the Florida peninsula on Tuesday ahead of a cold front that’s expected to bring the first significant rainfall of the month.
Jacksonville’s high of 85 not only broke the record high for December 10 — 82, set in 1961 — but tied the all-time warmest temperature ever recorded in December. That happened in 2016.
Melbourne set a new record high with 86, beating the old record of 85 set in 2013; and Sanford tied a record high with 85 (last set in 2013).
On the southwest coast, Fort Myers beat a 33-year-old record high with 88; the previous record was 87 set in 1986.
Down in the Keys, Key West tied a record high with 84, matching the mark set in 2009. Marathon’s high of 86 tied a record set in 2004.
Record warm lows were set or tied in Miami (75); Fort Lauderdale (76); and Key West (78).
How long will the warm spell last? Temperatures will moderate over the upcoming week, according to the National Weather Service, as clouds and rain move in. A relatively wet period, at least by December standards, appears to be in the cards until at least early next week.
Forecasters are predicting the next temperature-dropping front to slide across the peninsula by the middle of next week, dropping highs into the low 70s and lows around 60 in South Florida. Highs are expected to be in the 60s in Central Florida with lows in the upper 40s and 50s. Overnight lows in the 30s return to North Florida.
Meanwhile, forecasters have been nudging up forecast rainfall totals. Here are the high-end forecasts for South Florida and East-Central Florida:
Maximum forecast rainfall for East-Central Florida (above) and South Florida (below). Image credits: NWS-Melbourne/ NWS-Miami)
NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center projects highest seven-day totals on the East Coast around northern Palm Beach County and southern Martin County; and in the panhandle.
In addition, the Storm Prediction Center has most of Florida under a Marginal Risk for severe weather through Friday.