Florida temps challenge records; spring outlook released

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Parts of the Northeast will get clobbered Thursday and Friday with more than a foot of snow, forecasters say. (Credit: NWS-Taunton Massachusetts)

UPDATED RECORD WATCH: West Palm Beach’s high of 87 Wednesday tied a record set in 1974, the National Weather Service said. Miami and Fort Lauderdale also reached 87, a degree short of the record high in Miami and 2 degrees shy in Fort Lauderdale.

Melbourne also tied a record high with 85, a mark originally set in 1997.

In the panhandle, Apalachicola reported a daily rainfall record of 1.62 inches on Tuesday, matching the mark set in 1971.

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ORIGINAL POST: Despite a cool end to January, temperatures rebounded the first week of February leaving South Florida significantly above normal — continuing the pattern of an ultra-mild winter that began in December.

The average high in Miami was 81 with an average low of 65, 3.8 degrees above average for the first week in February. The Fort Lauderdale average was 80 and 66; 79 and 60 in West Palm Beach; and 81 and 59 in Naples.

Temperatures have been running up to 4 degrees above average in Central Florida, and almost 5 degrees above average on Florida’s West Coast.

The Keys are also running 4-5 degrees above average.

West Palm Beach had its first measurable rain of the month on Tuesday — 0.01 of an inch, leaving a deficit of 0.67 of an inch for February. Miami had no rain the first week of February; a trace fell in Fort Lauderdale and Naples reported 0.10 of an inch.

Key West and Tampa were also skunked in the precipitation category for the first week of February.

RECORD WATCH: Fort Lauderdale tied a record for warmest minimum temperature on Tuesday. The low was 72, matching a mark set in 1965.

It was 71 in Miami, 3 degrees off the record set in 1905. West Palm Beach checked in with 69 and it was 64 in Naples.

Record highs could be challenged Wednesday in Miami (current mark 86 set in 1990), but not likely in Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach, where records stand at 89 and 87 respectively.

Temperatures are expected to return to near normal — or even slightly below normal — after a cold front slides through the Florida peninsula Thursday night. But high pressure rebuilding over the weekend should put the area back into the upper 70s by early next week.

Above average temperatures are forecast to continue through the end of the month.

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SEASONAL OUTLOOK: AccuWeather issued its spring forecast Wednesday, calling for a “delayed warm-up” in Great Lakes region and northern New England, but continued dry and warm conditions in Florida.

Forecasters predicted that the I-95 corridor will be wet, with cities like Boston and New York getting significant spring rains.

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Author: jnelander

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