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.
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.”
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.
“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.