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Coldest Air Of Winter On Way To S. Florida

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MIAMI (CBS4) – It’s been a very mild winter so far, but the coldest air of the season is set to arrive this weekend.

Friday, showers continued to dot the map around South Florida. There’s a weak front stalled over the area right now and that is responsible for the clouds and showers. This dreary pattern will continue the rest of Friday with left over showers tonight as well.

Saturday, a second cold front will push south and big changes will follow. First, skies will gradually clear and the rain will move out early Saturday. Then cooler air will filter in during the day as the breeze picks up.

It won’t be cold “yet,” but will certainly feel cooler with combined highs in the mid 70s and a breezy northwest wind.

A stronger punch of very chilly air will arrive late Saturday Afternoon. This will set the stage for the coldest night of the winter so far for many Floridians.

Here in South Florida temperatures should dip deep into the 40’s Saturday night with winds howling from the northwest at 20 mph. Wind chills will drop into the 30’s for many. We are not expecting a freeze or a frost here in South Florida.

THE 4 P’S OF COLD WEATHER SAFETY

Further north into central and northern Florida however temperatures will drop into the 30’s with wind chills in the 20s’.

Sunday, temperatures will stay very cool despite abundant sunshine. Additionally, winds will stay gusty. Expect high temperatures to only briefly reach the low 60’s during the height of the afternoon; we will spend most of the day in the 50’s with colder wind chills.

So temperatures will be 15 to 20 degrees below normal! As the winds turn in from the ocean on Monday (Presidents Day) and Tuesday expect temperatures to rebound back into the 70s.

 

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