FRIDAY PM UPDATE: Miami set a new record high with 87 degrees as southwest winds dragged up warm tropical air ahead of Saturday morning’s cold front. That beat the previous high of 86 recorded 75 years ago in 1942. In Central Florida, Melbourne tied a record high with 86. That matched the mark set on December 8, 1948.
ORIGINAL POST: “Winter has arrived,” the National Weather Service in Miami said Friday as the season’s strongest cold front began bulldozing its way down the Florida peninsula.
By Monday morning, areas north of Brooksville outside of Tampa could see sub-freezing temperatures, NWS forecasters in Tampa said.
Up to 2 inches of rain will precede the front across a wide swath of the central peninsula late Friday night and early Saturday, accompanied by gusty winds and some isolated severe weather.
Highs on Monday — even in Southeastern Florida — may only make it into the low 60s, forecasters said.
Another shot of cold air around mid-week will keep temperatures below normal into following weekend, but then temperatures around the state should return to normal during the week preceding Christmas and Christmas week. Normal highs are in the mid-70s in South Florida, low 70s in Central Florida and mid-60s in North Florida.
(Image credits: NWS-Melbourne, above; NWS-Miami, below)
Unusually cold temperatures are in the forecast for all of the Eastern U.S. through December 17, followed by a return to more normal December weather, NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center says. (Credit, below: NOAA/ CPC)