Daytona Beach set a record high Sunday with 86, a degree warmer than the previous record of 85 set four years ago in 2015.
The National Weather Service in Miami said coastal South Florida could be flirting with record warm lows this week, but that hasn’t happened yet. Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach all bottomed out at 73 on Sunday, considerably above average but short of records.
However, Key West posted a record warm low with a sultry 77, beating the old mark of 76 set in 1992.
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If you’re worried that the cool weather is over in Florida, here’s a heartening forecast: Temperatures next week, and perhaps the week after, may be slightly cooler than normal, according to NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. AccuWeather is showing some highs in the mid-70s in South and Central Florida next week, along with some lows in the lower 60s.
The normal low in Miami for this time of the year is 65.
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The National Weather Service has confirmed a new all-time low temperature record in Illinois: 38 below zero in Mt. Carroll in the northwestern part of the state on January 31. That’s about 130 miles northwest of Chicago.
A team of experts from NOAA confirmed the temperature, which beat the old record of 36 below zero in Congerville, set on January 5, 1999.
“The station rests in a relative depression, conducive to pooling of cold air, and observations slightly cooler than immediate neighbors are not an uncommon occurrence,” NOAA said in an official report on the temperature reading.
“Personnel from WFO Quad Cities visited the site in the days following the observation. They found the site to be in proper working order, that standard observing practices were followed and that the station instruments successfully compared to a reference instrument.”
On Weather Underground’s Category 6 blog, meteorologist Jeff Masters noted: “All-time state temperature records are very hard to beat. The extreme heat associated with the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s generated almost half of the all-time state highs that exist today. Interestingly, that decade also produced more of the currently standing all-time record lows than any other decade.
“Since 2000, there have been just two new all-time state cold records set: in 2011 in Oklahoma (-31°F at Nowata on Feb. 10) and in 2009 in Maine (-50°F on Jan. 16 the Big Black River near Saint Pamphile, PQ). One all-time state heat record has been set since 2000 (113°F at Columbia University of South Carolina on June 29, 2012) and one has been tied (120°F near Fort Pierre, South Dakota, on July 15, 2006, a record first set in 1936).”