Record high for Key West as New Year’s Eve cold front approaches

ECFL temps

HAPPY NEW YEAR: The year and decade end on a cooler note to close out a wet and warm month. “Temps will drop pretty quickly after sunset this evening, so make sure to grab a jacket if heading out,” forecasters at the National Weather Service in Melbourne said Tuesday. (Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

This New Year’s Eve cold front is kind of a teaser, cooling things off around the state in time for the holiday. But Temps spike back into the 80s on Thursday and Friday, the National Weather Service says.

Parts of Central Florida may even make into the mid-80s on Friday, according to Forecasters, with an expected high in Melbourne of 85.

But then an honest-to-gosh January cold front blows through on Saturday, driving temperatures below normal.

Sunday forecast highs/ Monday morning forecast lows: Orlando, 61 and 46; Tampa, 61 and 47; Miami, 68 and 57; Key West, 70 and 61; Gainesville, 58 and 39; Lake City, 57 and 37; Jacksonville, 58 and 41; Tallahassee, 55 and 39.

Key West record high

(Image credit: NWS-Key West)

RECORD WATCH: Key West posted a record high on Monday of 85, beating the old record of 83 set just last year. Several record warm lows were set or tied around the peninsula, including Naples (72); Orlando (71); Melbourne (71); Vero Beach (69); and Sanford (68).

Author: jnelander

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