Hot September: 5th warmest in West Palm Beach

Visitors soak up sun and cool off at Centennial Square and Fountain Park in West Palm Beach Sunday August 5, 2018. (Meghan McCarthy / Daily News)

South Florida suffered through a simmering September that ranked 5th warmest in records dating back 125 years.

The average temperatures at Palm Beach International Airport was 83.1 degrees, which is more like August than early fall. The average high temperature at the airport was 89.5 degrees.

But it wasn’t just West Palm Beach sweating in September.

More than a dozen cities statewide felt their warmest September on record last month, including Melbourne, Daytona Beach, Tampa and Key West, which averaged a balmy 85.8 degrees.

Part of why South Florida was so hot last month was it remained for weeks in the grip of a high pressure system, which is still influencing the weather with strong easterly winds and mostly clear skies.

Today’s high in West Palm Beach is forecast to reach 90 degrees. If that holds true, it will be the eighth day in a row where the mercury reached 90 degrees or higher.

The normal high for this time of year is 87 degrees, with an overnight low of 74.

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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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