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Visitors usually come to Florida to chill out — but this isn’t what they had in mind!
Early morning temps (from Weather Underground unless otherwise noted):
Low- to mid-60s in the Keys; Low- to mid-50s around the southern tip of the peninsula, from Miami over to Naples; mid-50s around the Fort Myers area over to West Palm Beach, where it was in the upper 40s.
It was in the low 40s north and west of Lake Okeechobee, and Palmdale in Glades County reported a low to the National Weather Service of 37 degrees. Another cold night was in store for the peninsula, and forecasters said patchy frost was possible in Glades and Hendry counties.
Temps were in the low- to mid-40s in Central Florida, except low 50s in the St. Petersburg area. The 40s extended all the way to North Florida, and the only 30s were in the extreme northwest corner of the Florida panhandle, where a Weather Underground observer reported a temperature of 34 degrees in McDavid.
Apparent lows from the National Weather Service: Miami, 54; Fort Lauderdale, 50; West Palm Beach, 45; Naples, 53; Vero Beach, 38; Melbourne, 39; Orlando, 41; Ocala, 44; Brooksville, 43; Tampa, 46; Tallahassee, Lake City, and Jacksonville, 43.
A dry cold front with another shot of even cooler air is forecast for the peninsula Tuesday, driving Wednesday morning temperature even lower than they were on Tuesday morning.
Gradual warming is expected after that, but then another cold front rolls down the peninsula this weekend, according to forecasters. But at least for now, temperatures post-cold front won’t be as cool as they were with the front that pushed through on Sunday.
WARMING TREND: Temperatures in South Florida climb back up to near normal as we approach the weekend. (Image credit: NWS-Miami)
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An interesting scenario may be developing for the pre-Christmas week, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. Above normal temperatures are in the forecast from coast-to-coast, with holiday weekend temperatures in the 40s in as far north as Chicago and points east.
In fact, the AccuWeather forecast high for New York for a week from Saturday — the start of the long Christmas weekend — is 50 degrees. The forecast high for Washington is 55; 58 in Atlanta.
Highs are forecast to be around 80 in South Florida.