Triple digit highs fry Florida panhandle; record warm lows on East Coast

Key West flooding

High tides are causing street flooding in Key West. A Coastal Flood Advisory was posted for the Florida Keys and the East Coast of South Florida, from West Palm Beach to Miami. (Image credit: William Churchill/ NWS-Key West)

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The Florida panhandle and North Florida can’t seem to get a break from the summer heat. While the East-Central Coast has been enjoying breezy weather and more or less average temperatures, you’d think it was the Fourth of July in the panhandle.

People are grumbling about it on Facebook because well, this is October and enough is enough.

“Please make it stop!” one area resident wrote on the NWS-Tallahassee’s Facebook page. “Heat delirium has set in,” another said.

The high hit 100 degrees in Crestview on Tuesday — that’s air temperature, not the heat index. It was 97 in Marianna, 95 in Tallahassee, and 96 in Pensacola.

Farther down the peninsula, it was mostly in the low 90s on the West Coast.

The forecast for Tallahassee is for a temperature increase — Friday’s forecast high is 97.

Tallahassee had its first measurable rainfall on Tuesday since August 27. But it was no occasion to celebrate, since just 0.01 of an inch fell, about enough to smear the dust on your windshield.

The much-advertised cold front sweeping across the South is forecast to bring some relief in the early to middle part of next week. Until then, the National Weather Service says: “Daily high temperature records will be in jeopardy each day through Saturday across portions of the region as highs will rise into the mid to upper 90s.”

All-time records for the month of October may also fall.

The GFS temperature forecast shows some low- to mid-60s for overnight lows around the middle of next week, with lows dipping into the high 50s the week after.

Some Florida East Coast cities have been setting record warm lows, meanwhile. Tuesday’s low in Daytona Beach was a balmy 79, which busted an 86-year-old record of 78, set in 1933.

Vero Beach tied a record warm low with 79, last set in 2002.

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TROPICS WATCH: Hurricane Lorenzo didn’t make a direct hit on the Azores, but it brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph to western islands in the chain. It caused downed trees and power outages, but no injuries were reported by European news agencies.

Ireland is likely to be next to feel the effects of Lorenzo, which at its peak was a Category 5 storm. It was forecast to become post-tropical by Thursday, but it will still be packing hurricane-force winds through Friday, the National Hurricane Center said.

Forecasters were continuing to track a disturbance in the Caribbean, giving it a 20 percent chance of tropical development over the next five days as it moves west-northwest. The next name on the list is Melissa.

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Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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