From Keys to panhandle, January was — again — unusually warm in Florida


The new long-range forecast from NOAA is for a warmer than average February coast-to-coast. (Credit: NOAA/ CPC)

South Florida had another toasty January — the 11th month in a row with above normal temperatures at two of the National Weather Service’s official reporting sites.

The string of consecutive above-average months held in West Palm Beach and Naples, although it was broken in Miami and Fort Lauderdale by a slightly below normal November.

Above normal January temperatures occurred statewide, from Key West to Jacksonville and west to Tallahassee. West Coast locations also came in well above normal. It was the 11th month in a row with warmer than normal temperatures for many West Coast cities.

West Palm Beach ended January 3.2 degrees above average, despite four days of below normal temperatures to finish out the month. An inch of rain fell at Palm Beach International Airport, 2.13 inches below average.

The warmest temperature was 86 on Jan. 3 and 22, and the low was 43 on Tuesday morning, the last day of the month.

Miami was 4.4 degrees above normal in January, with a rainfall surplus of 1.78 inches. Fort Lauderdale came in 1.7 degrees above average with a 1.92 inch precipitation deficit.

Naples finished January 3.7 degrees above average with a rainfall deficit of 1.06 inches.

Most of the peninsula remains Abnormally Dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, although a new analysis will be released Thursday.

FEBRUARY OUTLOOK: Normal highs and lows begin climbing faster in February, with highs going from 75 on Feb. 1 to 78 on Feb. 28. Lows rise from 58 on Feb. 1 to 61 on Feb. 28.

The hottest it’s ever been in February in West Palm Beach is 90 — on Feb. 10, 1949; Feb. 25, 1928 and Feb. 26 1918.

Miami has never reached 90 in February but Fort Lauderdale has had two days of 90 degrees on Feb. 14, 1948 and on Feb. 28, 1956.

Days lengthen rapidly, with sunrise at 7:05 a.m. on Feb. 1 and sunset at 6:03 p.m., advancing on the 28th to 6:45 a.m. and 6:21 p.m. respectively.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center forecasts above normal temperatures in February almost nationwide, with the exception of New England. Precipitation is expected to be near normal in Florida.


South Florida temperatures are forecast to continue warming into the weekend. (Credit: NWS-Miami)


Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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