A cold front forecast to move through South Florida Thursday night is expected to drop daytime highs into the 60s in Palm Beach County, which hasn’t happened since February.
The forecast high at Palm Beach International Airport for Friday is 69 degrees with mostly sunny skies.
The last time the high temperature at the airport was below 70 degrees was Feb. 25 when it hit 68.
Robert Molleda, the warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Miami, is hesitant to call the coming cold front the chilliest air of the season because the overnight lows are not expected to dip as far as they did following a November front where the low hit 51 on the 21st.
“But the high temperature will be cooler with this next front than the one we had before,” Molleda said. “We’re more into the winter season.”
It won’t last long.
While overnight lows Friday will fall to the high-50s, temperatures will creep back into the 70s on Saturday and be closer to 80 on Sunday.
South Florida has been under the influence of a high pressure area in the middle atmosphere that has kept temperatures far above normal. Wednesday’s forecast high in West Palm Beach is 82 degrees, which is seven degrees above normal for late December.
“Considering the pattern we are in and how persistent it’s been, it’s not really surprising,” Molleda said about the warm weather.