Record highs in Jacksonville, Tampa; temps to tumble next week

14 day outlook

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POST HOLIDAY COOL-DOWN: After a run of 80-degree temperatures and record breaking warm lows on the East Coast, the advertised Florida-style cold snap is set to begin next Tuesday, with highs below 70 degrees in South Florida and lows in the 50s.

That’s actually a little below normal for this time of the year.

On Tuesday, the back-to-work-day following the Martin Luther King Day holiday weekend, forecast highs and lows (according to Weather Underground) are: Miami, 69 and 54; Orlando, 58 and 43; Tampa, 59 and 41; and Jacksonville, 53 and 37.

In fact, the whole country is expected to be below normal to round out the month, with the exception of Southern California and the Desert Southwest.

Although the GFS is showing a brief rebound in temperatures late the following weekend (January 25-26), the model shows some significantly cooler weather for the final few days of the month.

NOAA releases its February forecast — and the longer-range forecast for February through April — on Thursday.

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RECORD WATCH: Jacksonville smashed a record high Monday with 84, busting the previous record for the date of 82 set in 2005. Tampa tied a record high with 83 and Sarasota tied a record high with 85. Sanford broke a record high with 84, beating the previous record of 83 set in 1993.

Record warm minimum temperatures were set or tied in Gainesville (64); Naples (71); Orlando, 68; and Sanford (65).

Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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