South Florida temps tumble into 40s; rain on the way

Let the chilly weekend begin.

The temperature bottomed out at 51 Saturday morning in West Palm Beach, with a dew point of 38. That put the relative humidity at 55 percent. It was 58 in Miami and 55 in Fort Lauderdale and 53 in Naples.

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Early morning temps across South Florida show a cool start to the weekend. (Credit: NWS-Miami)

It was in the 40s west of Lake Okeechobee, with a low of 43 in Palmdale.

The Marco Island Airport reported a low of 54, and Immokalee had a low of 45.

In Central Florida, it was 43 in Fort Pierce, 45 in Melbourne and 47 in Vero Beach. Other Saturday lows: Kissimmee, 47; Winter Haven, 49; Lakeland, 46; and Orlando, 48.

West Coast lows: Tampa, 52; Sarasota, 54; and Fort Myers, 51.

Saturday’s low was 67 in Key West.

Cold air settles over South Florida through Monday, with warm air riding over it on Sunday, bringing in a rare, gloomy cool day with showers. “Moderate rain” can be expected Saturday night and Sunday, forecasters at the National Weather Service in Miami said, but the threat of thunderstorms is low.

Temperatures begin warming again on Tuesday and should be back up near 80 by the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service.

And the new four-week forecast from the Climate Prediction Center, released Friday, calls for above normal temperatures in all of Florida, and most of the southern U.S., from Feb. 2-24.

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Smoke from wildfires in Chile stream over the Eastern Pacific on Thursday, as this dramatic satellite image shows. (Credit: NASA)

Chile is suffering with record heat, extreme drought and wildfires that are spreading smoke into the Eastern Pacific Ocean, according to Weather Underground.

Twelve cities beat the nation’s all-time heat record of 107, set on Feb. 9, 1944, including Cauquenes, which topped out at a blistering 113 degrees.

Fire destroyed the entire town of Santa Olga on Thursday — including schools, nurseries, shops and a post office, Weather Underground reported.

 

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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