PM UPDATE: While Tropical Depression Emily continued to slide to the north well off the U.S. East Coast, the National Hurricane Center gave a low pressure system in the eastern Atlantic a 20 percent chance of developing into the next tropical cyclone by Saturday, and a new low in the Gulf of Mexico a 10 percent chance. The Gulf low was forecast to push toward Florida’s Big Bend area. (Credit: NOAA/ NHC)
EMILY RAINFALL: Sunday-Monday totals associated with the weekend cold front and tropical storm: Sarasota-Bradenton, 4.4; Punta Gorda, 3.22; Tampa, 3.05; Naples, 2.71; Fort Myers, 2.5; Jacksonville, 2.36; Gainesville, 1.92; Vero Beach, 1.84; Fort Pierce, 1.68; Fort Lauderdale, 1.67; Marathon, 1.32; Melbourne, 1.19; Orlando, 1.15; West Palm Beach, 1.04 inches; Miami, 0.99; Key West, 0.90; Daytona Beach, 0.81.
RECORDS SET: Monday’s rain and cloud cover kept temperatures down across the state, with many cities setting or tying records for coolest maximum temperature for the date. Fort Lauderdale’s high was 83, tying a record set in 1933; West Palm Beach was only 82, tying the mark from 1933; Naples reached 86, breaking the old record of 87 set in 1949; Orlando hit 78, breaking the old record of 80 set in 1965; Melbourne topped out at 83, busting the previous record of 84 set in 2001; and the high was 81 in Vero Beach, smashing the old record of 84 set in 1974.
Jacksonville tied a record low Monday with 69, matching the mark set in 2014.
JULY SLICED AND DICED: Temperatures were above normal from Jacksonville to Key West, although Miami failed to break its record streak for consecutive days at 90 or above thanks to Monday’s rain. Still, the city ended up with an average July high of 91.9 degrees and an average low of 79.6. Overall, that was 1.6 degrees above average.
Key West finished the month 1.1 degrees above normal while Marathon was 1.4 degrees on the plus side. West Palm Beach was also 1.6 degrees above normal and Naples checked in slightly above normal.
Jacksonville was a half-degree above average.
Other cities that came in on the plus side: Daytona Beach, 1.2; Melbourne, 2.6; Vero Beach, 1.6; Fort Pierce, 1.5; Tampa, 1.2; and Fort Myers, 0.6.
The two exceptions to July’s unusually torrid temps were Orlando, which was 0.4 of a degree below the July average; and Fort Lauderdale, which matched the 30-year average on the button with an overall temperature of 84.3 degrees.
It was also a wet month in Florida, with Miami posting 12.45 inches of rain, twice the July average. Naples had 11.24 inches, almost 4 inches above the July average. West Palm Beach’s 7.44 inches was 1.68 above normal. July precipitation was generally above average in Central, North and West-Central Florida as well.
Jacksonville finished July with 10.91 inches of rain, more than twice the normal amount.
AUGUST OUTLOOK: Florida’s above normal temperatures and rainfall should continue through August, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center said Monday. The CPC’s 90-day forecast is for above average temperatures everywhere in the U.S., including Alaska, through the end of October.