Sunday temperatures in South Florida plummeted into the 30s in western areas and 40s along the Atlantic Coast after Saturday’s vigorous cold front funneled in wintry air behind a storm system that brought snow and even chillier weather to the Northeast.
It was 45 in West Palm Beach — the coldest temperature since Feb. 11, 2016. It was 51 in Miami, 48 in Fort Lauderdale and 42 in Naples.
It was 39 in Immokalee in inland Collier County and there were scattered readings in the upper 30s west of Lake Okeechobee. Wind chills were in the lower to mid-30s in Southwest Florida.
It was in the 30s along the Treasure Coast and Gainesville, in North-Central Florida, reported 28 degrees.
A wind change from northwest to northeast late Sunday will kickoff a moderating trend, according to the National Weather Service. Monday morning lows will be near or slightly below 60 on Florida’s southeast coast, with highs edging back up into the 70s by Monday and Tuesday.
Highs late in the week will return to the upper 70s with lows around 70 under mostly sunny to partly cloudy conditions.
Saturday’s cold front delivered 0.19 of an inch of rain to Palm Beach International Airport to round out the first week of the new year. The January total of 0.24 of an inch is about a half-inch below normal for this point in the month.
Miami reported 0.59 of an inch front the front while 0.15 of an inch fell in Fort Lauderdale and 0.37 of an inch fell in Naples.