Florida-style October chill on way for weekend

There won’t be any frost on the pumpkin, but Floridians will notice a big difference this weekend after a cold front sweeps through the peninsula and into the Florida Straits.

Highs in South Florida on Sunday may not reach 80, with Saturday night lows around 70, and lows on the Treasure Coast should dip into the mid-60s, according to forecasters.

In Gainesville, Saturday night’s forecast low is a jacket-worthy 50 degrees — and the panhandle may slide into the upper 40s. Tallahassee’s forecast high on Saturday is only 76.

This will be a major change from the tropical-style temperatures that have held sway in South Florida over the last week or so. Monday’s low at Palm Beach International Airport was only 80, which tied a record for warmest low temperature for the date, last set in 1985.

Monday’s low in Miami of 79 tied the mark set in 1990.

Tuesday’s low in Melbourne of 76 busted the old record of 75 set in 1998, and the low of 76 in Vero Beach tied the mark set in 1985.

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Projected rainfall through Oct. 28. (Credit: NOAA/ CPC)

Overall temperatures continue to run mostly above normal through the Florida peninsula in October, with near-normal to above-normal rainfall due largely to Hurricane Matthew.

The average October high of 87 at PBIA along with an average low of 77 results in temperatures 2.4 degrees above normal for the month so far. That once again puts the area on pace for one of the warmest Octobers on record — if not THE warmest — due in part to very balmy overnight lows.

Ten days ago, the long-range forecast was for October to go out blustery around the Florida peninsula, with tropical threats looming off the coast. But the developing low near the Bahamas — which could become Tropical or Subtropical Storm Otto by the weekend — is sufficiently far to the east to help deliver northerly winds to the state, bringing in cooler and drier air.

The new long-range forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is for below normal rainfall from the panhandle all the way to the southern tip of Florida, with more above normal temperatures in place.

ELECTION DAY SNEAK PEEK: West Palm Beach, sunny with a high of 78; Atlanta, high of 60 with rain; New York, cloudy with a high of 56; Cleveland, high of 52 with rain; Chicago, chance of a shower with a high of 45; St. Louis, mostly cloudy with a high of 54; Dallas, sunny with a high of 73; Denver, sunny with a high of 52; Phoenix, sunny with a high of 83; Las Vegas, sunny with a high of 76; Los Angeles, sunny with a high of 78; Seattle, cloudy with a high of 56. (Source: AccuWeather projected Nov. 8 conditions)

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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