Post cold front on Wednesday, it was below freezing — 31 degrees — in the western Florida panhandle but still in the low 70s from the Treasure Coast south to Miami, and in the mid-70s down in the Keys.
Interior areas of Central Florida were in the upper 50s to near 60, the mid- to upper-50s in the Tampa area and in the 40s in North Florida. It was 43 in Gainesville but 37 in Lake City. The Jacksonville area ranged from 52 at the beach to 39 in the western burbs.
FRIGID NOVEMBER TEMPS in the teens stretched from Wisconsin to around Memphis, east to the mountains of North Carolina and up into the Northeast away from the immediate Atlantic coast. But there were pockets of even colder air, with single digits in central and western Ohio.
Forecast three-day rain totals in South Florida (above, credit: NWS-Miami) and East-Central Florida (below, credit: NWS-Melbourne)
WET END TO THE WEEK: A strong low pressure system that’s expected to form off Florida’s northeast coast will bring rain to the Florida peninsula on Thursday and Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Rain chances are around 60 percent from Orlando down into South Florida on Friday.
As the low moves out to sea, it will drag a cold front across the peninsula and temperatures will cool considerably, forecasters say. Orlando’s forecast high on Saturday is only 67; 75 in West Palm Beach; 77 in Miami and 71 in Tampa.