The number of warm temperature records posted around the Florida peninsula jumped again from Monday to Tuesday — from seven to 12.
And it looks like the streak will continue into the weekend and into next week.
National Weather Service forecasters in Tampa said: “More record-breaking temperatures possible into the weekend. How do you like it?”
Forecasters in Miami said: “Good news for those who prefer the warmer side of South Florida`s late winter season.”
Here’s the breakdown, from tip to top:
Key West: Monday’s low of 76 tied a record warm low most recently set in 2013; Miami: low of 75 broke the record of 74 set in 1959; Fort Lauderdale: low of 73 tied the record set in 1993; West Palm Beach: low of 74 tied the record set in 1959; Vero Beach: low of 71 tied a record set in 1959; Melbourne: 72-degree low broke a record of 70 set in 2008; Orlando: low of 69 broke the record of 68 set in 1994; Sanford: low of 72 broke the record of 68 set in 1994; and the low in Tampa of 72 broke the old record of 68 set in 1994.
A second record was set in Tampa for the warmest low ever recorded in February. That was previously 71 degrees set on February 10, 1949.
Naples set a new record high of 89, busting the old mark of 86 set in 1960.
The high in Fort Myers was 88, tying a record high set for the date in 2001.
SPACE ROCK FLY-BY: Another asteroid will thread the needle between Earth and the moon on Thursday. Newly-discovered 2018 CD3 is expected to miss the Earth by 221,234 miles, with the closest approach 2:42 EST.
The asteroid was first discovered on February 10. It’s estimated to be 39.4 feet long and should fly by the planet at 7.66 km/ second.
It’s the 14th asteroid to fly in between the moon and the Earth this year — last year there were a total of 54