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Monday’s low temperature in Anchorage was 37, 2 degrees warmer than the low in Orlando.
Temperatures in Alaska have been running more than 20 degrees above average, while parts of Florida have been about 15 degrees below normal.
A couple of nights of heavy jacket weather is fine as a novelty in Florida, but we don’t want anybody throwing cold water on our reputation as a winter retreat. Unfortunately, another dry cold front is poised to sweep down the peninsula Tuesday night/ Wednesday morning, providing a fresh shot polar air.
Tourists who were expecting to spend some time at the beach this week cannot be happy.
Tuesday morning was another rinse-and-repeat moment for the state, with lows plunging into the 30s in South Florida’s interior,
In fact, a South Florida Water Management District weather station south of I-75 between Naples and the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve posted an unofficial low of 32 degrees at 4:45 a.m. Just to the north, it was 37 in Immokalee.
The National Weather Service in Miami said in its early morning forecast discussion: “Isolated frost may be possible west of the lake, but not widespread enough to warrant an advisory.”
Other apparent lows around the state: 44 in West Palm Beach; 46 in Naples; 48 in Miami; and 50 in Fort Lauderdale. Out near the lake, it was 37 in Palmdale and 36 in Belle Glade.
To add insult to injury, winds are forecast to whip up as the next cold front barges in Tuesday night and Wednesday, Winds may gust well into the 20-25-mph range from north to south, forecasters say.
The National Weather Service is predicting a return to more normal temperatures on Sunday and Monday — that’s upper 70s to near 80 in South Florida. But the Tuesday morning run of the GFS insists more below normal weather may pay a visit to the Florida peninsula through Christmas Day.
We’ll see, as next week’s pre-holiday forecast comes into better focus toward the end of the week.