Temperatures drop at least 15 degrees after front, but will it last all weekend?

A late season cold front brought the promised chilly temperatures Friday morning after the heat soared to 89 degrees on Thursday at Palm Beach International Airport.

It was southwest winds that pumped in warm air before northerly winds behind the front pushed the mix of Rocky Mountain and Canadian air through.

By Friday morning, temperatures had dropped to 61 in Palm Beach, 58 in suburban Boca Raton and 59 in Jupiter. That’s cooler than normal, but no where near record cold.

On April 7, 1891 the low temperature dropped to 39 degrees in West Palm Beach, according the National Weather Service records.

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Temperatures as of 7:30 a.m. Friday, April 7 2017.

But the below normal temperatures are expected to last through the weekend with lots of sunshine and nearly no chances of rain until Sunday when a slight chance of showers creeps into the forecast.

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Overnight lows Friday into Saturday may dip into the mid-50s in coastal Palm Beach County with inland temperatures dropping into the 40s.

That’s well below the overnight normals for early April of 65 degrees.

On Saturday, coastal Palm Beach County should see high temperatures between 76 degrees and 80 degrees. While 80 is about normal for this time of year, the low humidity will make it feel more crisp than it actually is.

With the low temperatures and drier air also comes concerns about wildfires.

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An unusually long dry spell that has left many areas of Palm Beach County with a rain deficit of 8 inches, combined with low relative humidity and gusty winds means any fire that starts will have prime conditions to become an inferno.

The National Weather Service in Miami issued a red flag fire warning for Palm Beach County through Friday night and in the western areas of South Florida through Saturday. Forecasters are asking residents not to do any outside burning.

Rip current risks were low Friday, but as winds turn out of the east, they may increase through the weekend and into next week.

 

 

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