Sarasota ties record high; slight cool-down seen for New Year’s Day

Keys holiday forecast

(Image credit: NWS-Key West)

Sarasota posted a record high on Sunday, and record warm lows were reported up and down Florida’s East Coast. But a cold front is forecast to cool things down for the mid-week holiday, although nothing too dramatic.

It was 86 in Sarasota, which tied a record last set in 1990. Much of Southwest Florida was in the mid-80s, and it was also 86 in Naples, but that was shy of the record high of 88.

Naples did have a record warm low of 72, matching a mark set in 2015.

Record warm minimum temperatures that were set or tied on the East Coast: Daytona Beach (69); Orlando, (71); Sanford (70); Melbourne (74); Vero Beach (73); and Fort Pierce (74).

Melbourne’s low, which busted the old record of 72 set in 2015, also tied December 16, 2001 for the warmest low temperature ever reported in December.

A cold front set to roll down the peninsula Monday and Tuesday will cool things down a touch. Here are the holiday forecasts:

Miami: New Year’s Eve, partly cloudy, low of 63; New Year’s Day, mostly sunny, high of 77.

Key West: New Year’s Eve, partly cloudy, low of 70; New Year’s Day, mostly sunny, high of 77.

Orlando: New Year’s Eve, mostly clear, low of 49; New Year’s Day, sunny with a high of 68.

Tampa: New Year’s Eve, partly cloudy, low of 49; New Year’s Day, mostly sunny, high of 69.

Jacksonville: New Year’s Eve, mostly clear, low of 43; New Year’s Day, mostly sunny, high of 64.

Tallahassee: New Year’s Eve, mostly clear, low of 40; New Year’s Day, sunny, high of 62.

LONG-RANGE: Forecast models are suggesting that the first full week of the new year may bring some honest-to-gosh cool air through the entire peninsula, with lows perhaps dipping into the 40s as far south as South Florida.

But forecasters at the National Weather Service in Miami said Monday: “However, there is still uncertainty with this solution, and the front may only bring some showers and a slightly modified air mass to South Florida.”

Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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