Six Florida cities shared the nation’s high temperature on Monday — 86 degrees — the fourth day in a row the state had the warmest temperature in the 48 contiguous states. The highs were logged at Naples, Winter Haven, Marathon, Sarasota, Tampa and Lehigh Acres.
The country’s low was – 25 degrees at Dunkirk, Montana.
Mid-80s were as common as conch chowder in Collier County, although coastal areas were slightly cooler thanks to breezes off the Atlantic, where the water temperatures have bottomed out to a mid-winter 75 degrees.
Expected rainfall South Florida rainfall amounts are on the left, and high-end totals are on the right. Click on image for link to larger original. (Image credits: NWS-Miami)
RAINFALL REPORT: Broward County and Miami-Dade County picked up as much as a quarter-inch of rain on Monday, according to CoCoRaHS, but much heftier totals were in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. The National Weather Service in Miami was forecasting up to an inch of rain in coastal South Florida, with as much as 2 inches an outside possibility.
The rain arrives along with a short-lived cold front that will bring in only slightly cooler air for one day before above normal temperatures slide back into the peninsula for the end of the week. Less rain is predicted in Central Florida and the West Coast.
Rain chances edge back up for the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
HISTORIC STORM: Hawaii was blasted by winds of up to 191 mph as a historic” winter low pressure system pounded the islands, causing power outages and killing at least one person.
Higher elevations saw snow and snow fell for the first time on record in Hawaii State Park, elevation 6,200 feet, according to The Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang.
The storm was still winding down on Monday night.
Radar for the Florida Keys will be down from Wednesday through Friday for maintenance, the National Weather Service said. You can access radar imagery for the Keys through NWS-Miami. Click on long-range for the big picture. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)