‘Brilliant South Florida winter day’ ahead, forecasters say

Below normal temperatures may hang on through at least mid-month in Florida and the Gulf Coast, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. (Image credit: NOAA/ CPC)

TUESDAY UPDATE: Another cool but pleasant winter morning around the Florida peninsula, with temps definitely on the chilly side in North Florida and the panhandle.

Low temperatures ranged from 63 in Key West and Marathon to 36 in Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

Other apparent lows: West Palm Beach, 49; Miami, 59; Fort Lauderdale, 56; Naples, 50; Orlando, 45; and Tampa, 47.

Highs head into the low 70s in South Florida over the next couple of days, but the next cold front is forecast to keep temperatures in the mid- to upper-60s to start the weekend.

Long-term temperature trends suggest below normal temperatures will hang around the entire state through at least the middle of the month, but longer-term models suggest a bounce back in February to above normal temps.

It will be interesting to see if these seasonably cool temperatures stick around through the end of the month, because back-to-back below normal monthly temperatures have rarely occurred in Florida since at least 2015, when the current trend toward record warmth began. (We haven’t had a consistently cold winter here since 2010-11.)

It was the third-coldest December in Key West, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)

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ORIGINAL POST: Looks like the Florida peninsula is in for a run of unusually cool — but not necessarily unpleasant — weather through at least the middle of January.

In South Florida, normal January temps feature highs in the mid- to upper-70s and lows in the mid- to upper-50s, but a series of cold fronts may keep temps slightly below that, according to the National Weather Service.

Tuesday’s forecast, for example: “As temperatures warm up through the morning, it should turn into a brilliant South Florida winter day where some sunscreen and sunglasses could come in handy for any outdoor activities.”

You might call it perfect winter weather although on the cool-ish side.

After a cloudy start to the day in Central and South Florida, sunny skies return, the National Weather Service says. A gradual warm-up is in the forecast through the end of the week before another front arrives for the weekend. (Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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