Near record-high temperatures this week before storms

Tropical breezes will sweep in near-record warm temperatures Wednesday before a cold front crashes through the state with possible thunderstorms, 60 mph wind gusts and spotty drenching rains.

National Weather Service meteorologists are forecasting a high temperature Wednesday of 87 degrees, one degree shy of the record set in 2013 and 10 degrees higher than what’s normal for this time of year.

The warm weather carried by the cyclonic winds of a vigorous low pressure system moving east will give way to cold northwest winds that will plummet Thursday’s daytime high temperature to near 70.

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“While the actual low will stay well to our north, we’ll be influenced by the cold front,” said Arlena Moses, an NWS meteorologist in Miami.

And that means the potential for severe weather similar to what was experienced last week when 5 tornadoes were recorded from Glades County to Miami-Dade County.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has far eastern portions of Florida’s Panhandle listed in the “enhanced” category for severe storms on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, as the low pressure system lifts to the northeast, areas in Central Florida south to include parts of northern Palm Beach County are listed as having a marginal risk of severe weather.

 

An advancing cold front is partly to blame for the heat as the warm section of a low pressure system begins to reach the state Wednesday.

Wednesday will start mostly dry over South Florida but become increasingly stormy. Winds will turn southwest with gusts of 25 mph and sustained winds of 15 mph to 20 mph through Thursday morning.

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Forecasters still believe the worst of the weather will stay north of Palm Beach County, but the Treasure Coast and Central Florida were given a “marginal” chance of thunderstorms on Wednesday.

North Florida is listed as having a slight chance of storms by the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

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