Florida temps could tumble into 40s mid-week as winter makes a comeback

A rip-roaring cold front — at least by mid-March standards — will sweep down the peninsula Tuesday night, delivering some of the coolest temperatures of the season.

Lows on Wednesday night and Thursday morning could be in the mid-50s in coastal areas of South Florida, with mid-40s inland.

Thursday’s forecast high in West Palm Beach is 69, which would be the coolest daytime high since Jan. 30.

The brief return to wintry weather should last through the end of the week, according to the National Weather Service, with temperatures running 5 to 10 degrees below normal for this time of the year.

In fact, the six- 10-day long-range temperature outlook covering March 16-20 issued Friday by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center has the entire State of Florida bathed in blue, indicating below average temperatures through a week from Monday.

Through Friday, March temperatures in South Florida have been running 2-3 degrees above normal.

Other Wednesday night forecast lows around the peninsula include 50 in Vero Beach; 45 in Daytona Beach and Orlando; 35 in Gainesville; 45 in Tampa; 42 in Sebring; and 47 in Fort Myers. Temperatures in the Keys are expected to sink into the low 60s.

Northeast snowfall

New England is bracing for possible heavy snow by mid-week. (Credit: NWS-Boston)

The low pressure system that will be dragging the front through Florida has the potential to scoot up the East Coast and trigger a powerful Nor’easter, bringing possible blizzard conditions to the Northeast, forecasters say.

It’s too early to predict how much snow could fall from Washington DC north into New England, but it looks like astronomical winter could go out with a bang.

Spring begins on March 20 at 6:29 a.m. EDT.

And speaking of Daylight Saving Time, clocks spring ahead Sunday and we won’t gain the hour back until the return to Standard Time on Nov. 5.

Sunrise in Palm Beach Sunday will be at 7:32 a.m. with sunset at 7:28 p.m. Twilight will linger until 7:51 p.m.

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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