Monday highs will “struggle” to reach 70 degrees in South Florida

The first significant cool front of the season with drier air and temperatures dipping as deep as 59 degrees overnight moved through South Florida yesterday, nearly two months later than normal.

Typically, late November is when the first arctic pushes of frigid air come streaming down from the north. But a high pressure system locked in place east of Florida and near Bermuda had the entire east coast feeling more tropical than frigid this Christmas.

National Weather Service meteorologists noted in Sunday’s forecast that “even under clearing skies Monday, high temperatures will struggle to reach 70 degrees.”

Morning lows are expected in the high 50s to low 60s. December ended the month at an average 76 degrees, 5.5 degrees above normal.

“Cooler and drier air streams into the area behind the front, giving all of South Florida the first decent shot of cool air of the winter (delayed by a good 4-8 weeks from normal),” forecasters in the Miami office of the NWS wrote.

The last time West Palm Beach saw a temperature reading in the 50s was March 2015.

While rain was expected overnight, they should dissipate this morning with drier air moving in.

“A rare coolish day is in store for the area Monday,” forecasters wrote.

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Tuesday morning temperatures will be the lowest this season.

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