Sunday’s gloomy Florida weather could challenge record cool highs


NWS forecasters in Melbourne proclaimed Sunday the perfect day “to curl up inside with your favorite book.” (Credit: NWS-Melbourne)

UPDATE: The band of moderate rainfall that was impacting South Florida for most of the day was moving off-shore by 4 p.m.

UPDATED AREA RAINFALL TOTALS: Miramar, 0.72; Jensen Beach, 0.67; Boynton Beach, 0.59; Miami International Airport, 0.59; Palm Beach, 0.51; Kendall, 0.48; West Palm Beach, 0.45; Fort Lauderdale, 0.40; Naples, 0.22.

West Coast locations received between a quarter and a third of an inch.


ORIGINAL POST: Yes, January showers bring February flowers. But Sunday’s rain was nasty cold.

West Palm Beach recorded its first precipitation since Jan. 23, the sixth day with measurable rainfall this month. But two of those days had rainfall amounts of 0.02 of an inch and one had 0.01, so Palm Beach International Airport went into Sunday morning with just 0.55 of an inch total for January, 2.31 inches below average.

The late morning amount of .07 of an inch helped cut into the deficit, and there was more rain to come as moisture streamed across the peninsula from the southwest.

It was forecast by the National Weather Service to move out by Sunday night, and the season’s coolest temperatures were expected through Tuesday morning.

The record high cool temperature at PBIA, 59, set in 1955, was in play, according to NWS forecasters, who predicted a high of 62. But the temperature under gloomy skies was stuck in the low 50s by mid-morning.

It was 53 in Miami and 52 in Fort Lauderdale, where the record cool highs are 57 (1897) and 62 (1978), respectively.

And it was 48 in Naples, where the record is 64 set in 2007.

Even Key West was reporting 63, and notably these temperatures had fallen slightly from early morning readings. But the record cool high for the date of 56, set in 1978, was safe.

Other late morning temperatures were stuck in the low 50s throughout the state — including the panhandle — with a few upper 40s scattered from Gainesville down to Sebring.

Heftiest rainfall amounts were in Central Florida, where up to a third of an inch had fallen.

The cold front that delivered the cool Florida temperatures on Friday morning was stalled just south of Key West. It was 70 in Havana, 73 in Matanzas, Cuba, and 79 in Canagua, Cuba.

The frontal boundary stretched up through the western Bahamas, where it was 64 in Freeport but 76 in Nassau.

The warm-up in Florida begins Tuesday.


Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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