After blustery weekend, warm and drier weather on the way for holidays

Drier weather is on the horizon for much of the Florida peninsula as we move toward the Christmas/ New Year holiday.

The Southeast Coast has continued to deal with moderate to heavy rainfall intermittently, with another 0.39 of an inch reported in West Palm Beach on Sunday. Miami picked up 0.22 of an inch and Fort Lauderdale reported 0.43 of an inch after a 1.05-inch soaking on Saturday.

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The long-range forecast through Christmas calls for toast temps in Florida. (Credit: NOAA/ CPC)

Fort Lauderdale is now 1.83 inches above normal in the precipitation department as we near mid-December, while the Miami surplus stands at 1.37 inches; 1.14 inches in West Palm Beach.

More showers were moving north up the Atlantic Coast Monday morning, which will add to those monthly totals.

But the blustery weather that was in place all weekend will give way this week to more appropriate winter sunshine — with at least partly sunny skies.

And, while unusually wet and windy conditions were around for much of the southern peninsula, temperatures have remained significantly above normal.

For example, temperatures have been running 5.4 degrees above average in West Palm Beach, with only two days of below average temperatures. Both occurred last week and were only slightly below average. On the other hand, there have been seven highs in the 80s with a high of 87 on Dec. 6.

Expect the warm weather to continue, even as the drying trend takes hold.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above normal temperatures for all of Florida at least through Christmas Day.

It looks like a Chamber of Commerce holiday season is around the corner and if you see Santa Claus outside your favorite department store, chances are he’ll be wearing shorts and flip-flops.

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More dense fog was forecast to hit the interior and West Coast areas on Tuesday morning. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

Residents on Florida’s West Coast, and interior areas west and southwest of Lake Okeechobee, were dealing with heavy fog Monday morning. Visibilities were less than a quarter mile, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

Dense fog was blanketing Collier, Glades and Henry counties as dawn arrived.

And with light winds Monday night, there’s another risk for dense fog into Tuesday morning for all South Florida areas except eastern Miami-Dade and Broward, forecasters said.

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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