It’s not your imagination, near record-high temperatures hit South Florida

The high temperature today at Palm Beach International Airport hit a whopping 89.1 degrees, higher than yesterday’s forecast of 86 degrees and near the 90-degree record set in 1962.

The normal daytime high for mid-March in West Palm Beach is 79 degrees.


National Weather Service forecasters said this afternoon that the abnormally high temperatures are going to continue at least through Friday as a high pressure system keeps spinning up west winds.

Not only do the west winds bring more heat to the coast from the middle of the state, but they also work to keep the sea breeze from coming onshore.

“We tend to kind of bake in these conditions,” said Kevin Scharfenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “Sometimes the clouds are less prevalent and the temperatures heat up.”

The good news is westerly winds tend to keep the ocean surface more glassy, which can be good for a paddle or snorkeling. The best time would probably be morning when the winds are still light.

Wednesday’s forecast is for temperatures in West Palm Beach to hit 88 degrees, which is just shy of the 1971 record of 90 degrees. Thursday could see a high of 87 degrees, also shy of the 90-degree record set on March 17 2001.



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