Air conditioners were still blasting all over South Florida early Saturday morning as another round of temperature records were set from West Palm Beach down to Key West.
The low in Key West at 7 a.m. was 84 degrees — 92 with the heat index — beating the previous record warm low set just last year of 83.
Sunday’s apparent low in Key West was 83, a degree off the record set last year. The warmest low temperature ever recorded in Key West is 87 set on July 26, 2007.
West Palm Beach’s low Saturday was 82, which broke a 63-year-old warm minimum temperature record of 81 set in 1954. It was also 82 in Fort Lauderdale, tying a record set in 2010.
The low in Miami, 83, broke the warm low for the date, 82 in 2010, and also tied the record warmest low ever observed in July, set on July 29, 2011.
South Florida highs on Saturday were generally in the low 90s, and there were several heat index values that topped 100, including 102 in Kendall.
East Coast sea breezes have kept beach communities mostly dry as afternoon rain has been focused on the interior and West Coast. Fort Myers picked up 0.11 of an inch Saturday. One observer in inland Collier County east of Naples recorded 1.46 inches.
Heaviest rain was reported in the Orlando area, where just under 2 inches were measured in some Orange County locations.
The tropical wave in the Atlantic continued to slowly organize on Sunday (above), and was designated Invest 94L late in the day. Track forecasts (below) were just beginning to come in. (Credit: NHC / SFWMD)
TROPICS TALK: The National Hurricane Center put development chances of the eastern Atlantic tropical wave at 60 percent over the next five days. But Sunday morning forecast models backed off on their enthusiasm for the system.
The GFS run pushed the low into South Florida on Friday, July 14, but very weak. The European (ECMWF) had it in the Bahamas on Wednesday, July 12, but also very weak. The Canadian (CMC) showed the low moving into the Caribbean next Sunday, July 9.
NHC forecasters were monitoring two systems in the northeastern Pacific, both moving west-northwest away from Central America. They had a 30-50 percent chance of development.