Temperatures dipped to a chilly 53 degrees this morning in West Palm Beach just before sunrise.
That’s a full 16 degrees below normal for this time of year, and colder even than January averages, where overnight lows are typically closer to 57 degrees.
The daytime high will also mimic winter, with the mercury at Palm Beach International Airport expected to only reach 70 degrees, which is 13 degrees below normal for Oct. 30.
If that 70-degree forecast holds, it will break the record cool maximum of 71 degrees set in 1953.
Naples could also see a record cold day with a forecast high of 71 degrees. The record is 72 degrees set in 2012.
The culprit for the cool weather is a cold front that pushed through Florida yesterday, shoving Tropical Storm Philippe off the coast and pulling in cold northern air with gusty north winds.
An area of high pressure is now over the northern Gulf of Mexico and will continue to move slowly east today. It should be over Florida tonight, according to forecasters at the National Weather Service in Miami.
“Dry air will also remain over South Florida today through Wednesday, before some low level moisture works back into South Florida,” forecasters said.
Days will be warming up tomorrow with normal temperatures back Wednesday.