South Florida has been dreaming of Friday afternoon ever since it was discovered that a polar air mass was heading this way to cool off the near-record temperatures the region has experienced this month.
But this morning, the National Weather Service said daytime high temperatures following the cold front on Saturday aren’t going to be as cool as anticipated.
Forecasters put Saturday’s high in West Palm Beach at 77 degrees. That’s still 1 degree above normal for this time of year.
“Guidance has gradually been creeping less cool with temperatures,” meteorologists wrote this morning. “Don’t expect most east coast metropolitan areas to fall below 60 degrees.”
Earlier this week, the high temperature was fluctuating from 69 degrees to 73 degrees in West Palm Beach.
“It looks like it’s not going to be as strong a push from the north as expected,” said Dan Gregoria, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “Nothing major happened, it just won’t be as big of a push.”
But don’t despair entirely.
Gregoria said it’s still going to feel incredibly more comfortable and cooler because the dew point temperature will be in the 50’s. That means drier air and less humidity.
“It will be really noticeable,” Gregoria said. “It’s really humid now wo with that lower humidity it will feel pretty nice.”
Anything will be a break from more than a week of temperatures at or above 80 degrees and dew point temperatures in the 70’s.
Still, Gregoria warned not to get accustomed to the drier air.
“People should enjoy it while they can because next week it’s going to be warm,” he said.
By Tuesday, the high temperature will be back in the mid-80’s.
Today, the high in West Palm Beach is expected to be 86 degrees. That’s getting close to the record of 87 degrees set in 1925.