(Image credits: NWS-Miami)
Two South Florida cities logged record cool highs on Sunday as nature kept Florida wrapped in a wintry grip.
The high in Fort Lauderdale was 62, which beat the previous record for the date of 63 set in 1981. In Naples the high was only 59, which also broke the record cool high set in 1981.
It was 64 in Miami and 62 in West Palm Beach.
Lows Monday were actually a degree or two cooler than Sunday around the state.
Apparent (unofficial) lows: West Palm Beach, 43; Mami, 52; Fort Lauderdale, 48; and Naples, 42. Inland, it was 36 in Palmdale; 35 in Belle Glade; and 36 in Immokalee.
East-Central Florida: 38 in Fort Pierce; 40 in Melbourne, 39 in Orlando; and 38 in Daytona Beach.
North Florida: 29 in Ocala and in Brooksville; 44 in Tampa; 44 in Sarasota; and 43 in Fort Myers;
In the Keys, it was 58 in Key West and 56 in Marathon.
Overall, early morning temperatures were in the mid-30s in Northeast Florida, and the upper 20s in Northwest Florida and the panhandle, according to Weather Underground.
A warm-up is due toward the end of the week. By the weekend, highs should be back up near 80 in South Florida, according to the National Weather Service.
(Credit: NWS-Key West)
LET THERE BE (A LITTLE MORE) LIGHT: If you’re not a fan of the early sunsets this time of the year, take heart. The days have already begun lengthening in the evening, even though the shortest day of the year doesn’t occur until the winter solstice on Thursday, December 21.
In southeastern Florida, the sun has been setting at 5:27 p.m. since Thanksgiving. But on Friday, December 8, sunset was at 5:28, and on Wednesday it sets at 5:29.
The sunrise continues to get pushed back until early- to mid-January, when sunrise in Palm Beach is at 7:10. The first day the morning lengthens is January 20, when sunrise is at 7:09 a.m. By that time, the sun is setting at 5:53 p.m.and twilight lingers until 6:18 p.m.