Near record heat, possible severe storms, then big cool down

Near record heat will hit South Florida this week with the potential for severe weather before a cool down dumps daytime temperatures into the low 70s by the end of the week.

A low pressure system that is forecast to bring snow to the mid-Atlantic this week will also trail a stormy cold front that could bring severe thunderstorms into Florida, including Palm beach County.

Tuesday’s forecast from the Storm Prediction Center includes a marginal risk of severe weather for the northern half of Palm Beach County, escalating to a slight risk near Melbourne and an enhanced risk from about Orlando through North Florida.

Tuesday, March 19 , 2018 forecast for severe weather from the Storm Prediction Center

But Tuesday is also expected to bring near record heat ahead of the front to South Florida where it could reach 88 degrees in West Palm Beach – four degrees short of the 1965 record for March 20 of 92 degrees.

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The storminess is expected late Tuesday into early Wednesday.

“It will bear watching as this event could produce strong winds and tornadic activity over portions of the state on Tuesday evening, Tuesday night, and early Wednesday morning,” wrote National Weather Service forecasters in Miami.

Tuesday potential impacts for severe weather.

But as the front leaves the state Wednesday, another push of cool and dry air will move into South Florida, leaving Palm Beach County with clear skies and below normal temperatures toward the end of the week.

SEE: Check The Palm Beach Post radar map

Highs on Thursday and Friday will only reach into the low 70s near the coast with overnight temperatures in the low 50s. Inland areas could see lows dip into the 40s overnight.

That’s significantly different than what’s normal for this time of year when daytime highs are typically 79 degrees and overnight lows are 63 degrees.

 It seems in line, however, with the roller coaster of temperature changes South Florida has experienced this month with the train of powerful winter storms rolling through the northeast. is calling a nor’easter “likely” beginning Tuesday. It is the fourth to hit this month with more snow, rain and possible coastal flooding for areas from Virginia to Maine.

“It will not feel like the first days of spring to those in the mid-Atlantic and New England, where a snow event is expected to unfold spanning Tuesday through Wednesday,” wrote AccuWeather meteorologist Faith Eherts.

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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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