Forecasters see slow warming trend through mid-week

(Image credit: NWS-Melbourne)

SUNDAY MORNING LOWS: Miami, 49 (wind chill 46); Fort Lauderdale, 47 (46); Naples, 43 (38); West Palm Beach, 42 (38); Orlando 37 (32); Tampa, 42 (38); Daytona Beach, 39 (33); Gainesville 39 (34); Jacksonville, 33 (33); and Tallahassee, Tallahassee, 38 (33).

Highs bounce back to near 70 in South Florida when winds swing around to the northeast Sunday afternoon; low- to mid-60s in Central Florida and mid- to upper 50s in North Florida.

A warming trend continues through mid-week, followed by yet another cold front in the Wednesday-Thursday timeframe.

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SATURDAY: In West-Central Florida, a Freeze Watch was posted for Saturday night/ Sunday morning for the Nature Coast, with a Frost Advisory issued for the Tampa area. Widespread frost was expected in North Florida.

The National Weather Service in Melbourne predicts “frost developing north of Orlando with patchy frost elsewhere away from the coast. Protect cold sensitive plants tonight and use caution with any space heaters.”

Sunday morning wind chills will be in the low 40s all the way down to southern Miami-Dade and Inland Monroe counties, the National Weather Service says. High temperatures Saturday will only be in the mid- to upper-60s along the southeastern coast; upper 50s and low 60s in East-Central Florida.

(Image credit: NOAA/ CPC)

LONG-RANGE OUTLOOK: NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting warmer temperatures for the Florida peninsula as January ends and we get into the first week of February. This is also supported by long-range climate models.

It seems likely that we’re going to have two below normal months in a row — December and January — in Florida, a rare occurrence in these days of warming temperatures.

Author: jnelander

Freelance writer and editor

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