Today is why people live in South Florida. Remember it in August when the heat index hits 100 and daily temperatures soar past 90.
This morning, temperatures in West Palm Beach dipped to 62 degrees. That’s seven degrees cooler than normal for this time of year.
The dew point was down to 52 this morning, meaning humidity is also low.
“For this particular stretch of days and all through the weekend it’s going to be high pressure and very, very nice,” said Anthony Reynes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “To go straight to the point, it’s going to be nice.”
The high today is expected to only reach to 80 degrees in West Palm Beach, with cooler temperatures inland.
Sunny skies will prevail thanks to a high pressure system moving in following a second dry cold front that is just clearing the tip of the Florida peninsula.
Rip current risks are low at Palm Beach County beaches, but the UV index is high, meaning some heavy duty sunscreen is a good companion.
Even South Florida meteorologists were bragging yesterday about the forecast.
One thing to consider: Palm Beach County is at a high risk of fire danger, according to the National Weather Service. A fire watch is in effect through Saturday evening.
While Palm Beach County got a soaking Wednesday, wildfire specialists say the soil and “duff layer” of decomposing leaves and other organic material in Southeast Florida remain dry. Vegetation dries out quickly in parts of Florida because of the sandier soils.