The cold front that contributed to Wednesday’s washout moved through Palm Beach County overnight, leaving the area with 64-degree temperatures this morning, sunny skies and an expected high of 83 today.
While the daytime heating may lead to some clouds this afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters in Miami said the rain chances are too low to mention.
By Friday, the reinforcing north northwest winds will cool things down even more with temperatures struggling to reach 80 degrees and an overnight low that could hit 60 degrees on the coast and 50s inland.
“This might be the last time we see readings that cool for a while,” Miami meteorologists note in their morning forecast discussion.
Less than 48 hours ago, West Palm Beach hit a whopping 93 degrees – a temperature not seen since August.
Normal high temperatures for this time of year are 84 degrees with lows closer to 70 degrees.
The pressure changes behind the cold front means winds will be sustained at up to 28 mph over coastal waters with seas near 7 feet. Forecasters have issued a small-craft advisory, which is in effect until noon.
Rip current risks are low today off Palm Beach County with the northwest winds.
The meteorologists at the NWS Miami office worked hard yesterday to keep up with the weather, which dumped nearly five inches of rain in parts of Miami-Dade County.
Part of the reason for our cool temperatures is a big dip in the jet stream, which is sending polar air into Minnesota, Michigan, and even some mid-Atlantic areas. Washington, D.C. is forecast to reach a high of 59 degrees today. That will leap to 70 Saturday as the jet stream starts to inch back to the north.
NWS meteorologist Kevin Scharfenberg has a tip this morning for the upcoming days.
“We are going to have a nice stretch of weather through the weekend so enjoy it!”
One thing to remember, there is a fire watch in effect through Saturday. Even though it rained heavily Wednesday, the saturation level of the ground is also considered. Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties are in a moderate fire risk. Broward County hsa a high risk for fire, according to the Florida Forest Service.