South Florida to get a big cool down by the end of the week

By Eliot Kleinberg

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The words “wintry mix” still won’t appear in your local forecast, but with Christmas decorations already up, you have been hoping for South Florida to finally get out of what would for most be summer weather.

There was that brief cold front in mid-November. But then temperatures last week were as much as 8 degrees above normal.

Now your wish has been granted. Things will get a little cooler later this week in South Florida, the National Weather Service’s Miami office says.

Check The Palm Beach Post’s storm tracking map.

Highs will stay in the low 80s through Thursday, but by Friday and Saturday will get only up to the low 70s, with overnight lows dipping as far down as the low 60s along the coast and the high 50s around Lake Okeechobee.

Weather Service forecaster Larry Kelly said it’s too early to predict next week, but that this is around the time things start getting really pleasant.

“We start to get some of these cold fronts come through the area,” he said. “Give us a break from the (hot) weather.”

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This weekend brings first overnight low in the 60s since May

A cold front slated to move through South Florida beginning Friday will bring the first overnight lows in the 60s since May.

National Weather Service forecasters in Miami are predicting 67 degrees for the low Sunday morning as the powerful jet stream dips south ushering frigid Canadian air through the U.S. Sunday’s high temperature could still reach near 80.

Check The Palm Beach Post radar map.

Trish Aubin, (L), of Connecticut, sits near her friend Jennie Quirk, of West Palm Beach during a visit to the Lake Worth municipal beach on Saturday January 23, 2016 in West Palm Beach. Chilly temperatures and strong winds are expected to remain throughout the region for several days.(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)
Trish Aubin, (L), of Connecticut, sits near her friend Jennie Quirk, of West Palm Beach during a visit to the Lake Worth municipal beach on Saturday January 23, 2016 in West Palm Beach. Chilly temperatures and strong winds are expected to remain throughout the region for several days.(Bill Ingram / The Palm Beach Post)

“It’s still not a super strong cold front like we’ll see later in the year, but it’s stronger than the one we got after Matthew passed and we had drier air move in,” said Andrew Hagen, a meteorologist with the NWS in Miami. “This month, the coldest low we’ve had in West Palm Beach was 73 degrees, so this will be the coldest this season.”

Overnight temperatures have not dipped into the 60s since May 26 when the low hit 68 degrees in West Palm Beach.

The normal overnight low for this time of year is 72 degrees, dipping to 70 on Sunday.

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The cold front will also bring drier air. Hagen said rain chances are running just 20 to 30 percent through the week.

A tropical disturbance southeast of the Bahamas is expected to move north mid-week, but shouldn’t have much impact on Florida, Hagen said.

But don’t get excited just yet about the arrival of the dry season. It takes lower dew points, and lower precipitation to officially declare the end of the rainy season.

“We haven’t officially declared that we are in the dry season,” Hagen said. “But the weather pattern has been looking more reminiscent of it.”

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The jet stream is expected to dip far to the south this weekend ushering in cooler temperatures.
The jet stream is expected to dip far to the south this weekend ushering in cooler temperatures.