February heat breaks 115-year-old record in West Palm Beach

After a cool January that ended nearly 3 degrees below normal statewide, February is turning the heat back up.

Temperatures in South Florida have been running warmer than normal for the past seven days, including in West Palm Beach where weekend highs of 82 degrees were 6 degrees higher than what’s typical for this time of year.

But it’s the overnight lows that have been setting the records.

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Sunday’s low temperature only dipped to 74 degrees, which breaks the previous overnight heat record for Feb. 11 of 73 degrees set back in 1903. Temperature records in West Palm Beach date back to 1888.

The 74-degree reading is a whopping 15 degrees warmer than the normal overnight temperature for this time of year of 59 degrees.

Today’s morning low temperature at Palm Beach International Airport also dipped to 74 degrees. If that holds true, that would tie the overnight heat record set for this day in 1959.

In Miami, Sunday’s low temperature fell only to 75 degrees, which ties the record warmest minimum temperature for the date previously set in 1994.

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Naples was the only official gauge monitored by the National Weather Service in Miami to reach a record daytime high when the mercury hit 87 degrees. That beat the previous record of 85 degrees set in 1999.

“Main story today will be the continuing warm temperatures,” wrote National Weather Service meteorologists in a morning forecast. “It appears that high temperature records at all sites will be in jeopardy today.”

Today’s high temperature in West Palm Beach is forecast to reach 85 degrees – 9 degrees above normal, but just shy of the 87-degree record set in 1975.

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Author: Kimberly Miller

Kimberly grew up outside Washington D.C. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1995. Her beats have included K-12 education, universities and colleges, real estate, and general assignment.

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