January-style temperatures — with highs in the low- to mid-70s, and lows in the mid- to upper 50s — are on the way next week for South Florida as November winds down, according to the National Weather Service.
By Monday, even the Treasure Coast may not see 70 degrees for a high, with lows settling close to 50. And interior areas of Central Florida — and up into North Central parts of the state — may see lows in the 40s.
Monday’s forecast high in Jacksonville is only 62.
The wintry temps — for Florida, at least — will follow a wet holiday week. The rain started early Tuesday morning in South Florida as the cold front that blew through on Sunday began climbing back up the peninsula. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport reported 1.85 inches as of 7 a.m., and a half-inch to an inch were common in other areas of the southeast metro areas.
There were some spots of very heavy rain. An observer for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network west of Fort Lauderdale Beach reported 3.84 inches through 7 a.m.
Light amounts were reported on Florida’s West Coast, but that was about to change as rain appeared to be moving in from the Gulf of Mexico.
On top of all of that, a low pressure system expected to form in the Northeast Gulf was forecast to slide across Central or North Florida late Thursday or Friday, providing another soaking for the state as the weekend approaches.
NATIONWIDE HOT SPOT: Sunday’s cold front began working its way north early Tuesday morning, leaving the Florida Keys in warm, tropical air. As a result, Marathon was the warmest in the U.S. at 8 a.m., with a steamy temperature of 78, according to the National Weather Service in Key West. Forecast highs in the Keys were in the low 80s. (Image credit: NWS-Key West)