Double-digit temperature drop in 24 hours with cold front

From air conditioning to open windows, South Florida saw a whipsaw of temperatures the past 24 hours, including a record-breaking high Monday in Miami.

The preliminary low temperature this morning as measured at Palm Beach International Airport was 56 degrees, that’s about normal for this time of year, but a whopping 17 degrees below Monday’s morning low of 73 degrees.

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The high temperature in Palm Beach County today should linger below 70 degrees with another cool night of in the mid-50s toward the coast and possibly dipping into the 40s further inland.

Normal temperatures this time of year are 75 degrees for a high and 57 degrees for a low.

“Another period of breezy, dry, and somewhat cool weather will be in place across South Florida through mid week,” National Weather Service forecasters wrote in a morning forecast. “The  northerly flow component currently in place has ushered in enough cooler air to keep high temperatures today and tomorrow below normal in the upper 60s and 70s.”

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That’s a big change from Monday when the high temperature in West Palm Beach reached 81 degrees – six degrees above normal.

Miami’s high temperature on Monday was 84 degrees, which tied a record for the same high temperature for that day set in 2009.

But it wasn’t the warmest in the nation. According to the Weather Prediction Center, the high temperature Monday nationwide was 93 degrees in Lake Forest, Calif. 

The coldest area of the country was Embarrass, Minn. at -28 degrees.

For South Florida, the temperature forecast for the next few days will remain slightly below normal with north wind gusts today as high as 25 mph.

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Winds turn east Wednesday with gusts as high as 21 mph.

That means rip currents will be a concern at Atlantic beaches. Forecasters have issued a high rip current risk through Wednesday evening. A small craft advisory is also in effect through Wednesday morning.

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