First cold front of season, what it means for South Florida

The first cold front of the season is expected to make its way into Florida later this week, bringing a taste of fall to the Sunshine State.

Palm Beach County may feel the front, but not in the way many summer-weary South Floridians long for.

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Instead of cooler temperatures, more showers and thunderstorms are the most likely impact for anywhere south of the Treasure Coast as the front stalls and fizzles out just north of Lake Okeechobee.

“Every indication is the cold front will not push all the way through South Florida,” said Robert Molleda, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Miami. “We won’t have any significant temperature change, but it will keep higher moisture levels south of the front and over South Florida so that could enhance scattered showers and thunderstorms over the area.”

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While Jacksonville will see high temperatures drop from 87 degrees today to struggling to make 80 on Friday, West Palm Beach will remain in the upper-80s all week.

South Florida will see low temperatures remain in the mid-70s, which is about normal for this time of year.

“This is typical for the end of September,” Molleda said. “In most cases the first front doesn’t make it all the way through the peninsula and we have to wait for subsequent fronts.”

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This Friday forecast map shows the cold front draped across Lake Okeechobee.

For today, the National Weather Service is warning of a moderate to high risk of lightning in South Florida with afternoon thunderstorms. The strongest thunderstorms are expected mostly inland.

Waterspouts are also a concern over Lake Okeechobee and coastal waters with the thunderstorms.

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