The average October temperature at Palm Beach International Airport was 80.1 degrees, nearly 2 degrees above the 30-year normal.
According to the National Weather Service in Miami, that ties with the 12th warmest October on record measured at the airport – the only official measurement taken by the weather service in Palm Beach County.
The highest temperature in October was 91 degrees on Oct. 8 with the coolest being 61 degrees on Oct. 23.
“Warmer than normal temperatures were the rule across South Florida during the month of October,” a monthly weather summary for South Florida from the NWS says. “Temperatures were mostly above average across South Florida by about 1 to 2 degrees.”
But October was marked by other weather events, namely Hurricane Matthew. The Category 4 storm passed just 60 miles east of northern Palm Beach County on Oct 6 and buffeted the coast with tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or greater.
A gust of 67 mph was recorded at the Juno Beach Pier. Gusts to tropical storm force were also felt across Broward County and parts of Miami-Dade county.
Forecasters in Miami also noted the first noticeable cold front of the season swept through Oct. 22, and that persistent strong easterly winds contributed to tidal flooding during the annual king tide event.