South Florida temps headed into 40s, forecasters say


Temperatures could fall into the 40s early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

Get those jackets out of the back of the closet — this weekend’s cold front means business!

Even on the coast, temperatures may drop into the 50s as far south as West Palm Beach and in the interior, the upper 40s in eastern Collier County. Monday morning’s forecast low in Homestead is 56 degrees.

“Sunday and Monday look cooler than normal with highs only in the low- to mid-70s early next week and overnight lows potentially dropping into the upper 40s for the interior and Gulf coast and mid-upper 50s along the east coast,” forecasters said in their Thursday morning analysis from Miami.

Temperatures are expected to be below normal through the end of the month with mostly dry conditions, according to NOAA’s latest long-range forecasts released today.

The agency is predicting drier than normal conditions in the state through February with above-average temperatures through the southern tier of states. But forecasters for NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center hedged their bets for December, saying there were equal chances of above, below or normal temperatures for next month.

Flooding caused by seasonally high tides should begin tapering off on Friday, the National Weather Service in Miami said.



Only scattered convection was popping up in the Caribbean Thursday, but the National Hurricane Center is still high on 90L developing. (Credit: NOAA)

Invest 90L could still develop over the weekend — the National Hurricane Center is giving it a 70 percent chance of becoming a depression or tropical storm over the next five days — but it continued to look very messy today despite some spin.

Most forecast models show the system meandering around the Caribbean for several days and then moving into Central America. A couple of outliers want to send it up to Cuba and one moves 90L over the Yucatan Peninsula.

There are only 13 days left in the official 2016 hurricane season so 90L better keep an eye on the calendar. But December storms are rare but not unheard of. There was an unnamed storm in December of 2013 (spotted in post-season analysis), but the last named December system was Tropical Storm Olga, which dissipated on Dec. 13.

It later sloshed ashore in West-Central Florida as a remnant low.





Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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