From more than a week of cooler than average weather to above normal heat tomorrow, South Florida is feeling the full swing of the winter temperature pendulum.
Today’s high temp is expected to reach 75, which is about normal for this time of year. But despite a front expected to move through tomorrow morning, the National Weather Service says highs Tuesday will heat up to 81 degrees – a full 5 degrees above normal.
No records will likely be broken. The high temperature for tomorrow was 88 degrees set in 1952.
The cold front will push tomorrow’s overnight low to 58 degrees as cool air trailing the front rushes over South Florida. This morning’s coolest temperature was 67 degrees, that’s 14 degrees warmer than Sunday morning.
It’s not just South Florida seeing a temperature swing. According to AccuWeather, temperatures will increase in the northeast following a frigid weekend. But the region is still expecting snow.
The dangerous cold that settled into the eastern United States during Valentine’s Day weekend will set the stage for a significant snow and ice storm to unfold from Tennessee and Georgia to Maine.
“A dramatic rise in temperature is in store during the storm, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. “Many locations of the Northeast will experience temperatures climbing 40 to 70 degrees higher, when compared to lows from Sunday morning, with the greatest surge of warmth along the Atlantic Seaboard.”
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has north and central Florida under a marginal risk of thunderstorms today. South Florida is listed as having a chance of thunderstorms with Miami forecasters predicting this afternoon and tomorrow morning as having the most likely times for rain.
Southeast winds gusting to 25 mph today triggered the National Weather Service to issue a high risk of rip current alert for Palm Beach County beaches.
Sustained winds are expected to reach 20 mph.