MIAMI (CBS4) – After a beautiful and warm Christmas day, get ready for a cold, wet week.

A cold front is pushing downward, crossing the state Sunday bringing tropical South Florida a taste of the north in the form of very cold air.

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“This is not normal! This is so weird,” said Neelam Rawal, who lives in Miami Beach.

A Wind Chill Advisory has been issued for all of South Florida beginning Sunday night at midnight and continuing through 9 a.m. Monday morning. Wind chills are forecast to get down to the mid to upper 20s in the northern areas and lower to mid 30s in the southwest areas.

That’s darn cold for us, but some visitors to our area continue to tease residents about their reaction to the cold air.

“You wear a fur coat, the hat, the whole thing,” said a tourist named Rhonda from Toronto. She was amused.

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But South Floridians will have an eye on the thermometer for some time as Freeze Watch is in effect for most of South Florida, except for coastal areas of Broward and Miami-Dade from late Monday into Tuesday morning.

Even if it doesn’t freeze, CBS4’s Meteorologist David Bernard says low wind chills are likely and that people, once again, need to prepare to protect themselves, their pets and plants from the cold.

Remember our sensitive tropical plants don’t need freezing temperatures to be damaged.

On Monday the high temperature is forecast to be in the upper 50s and lows in the mid 30s. Tuesday will see more moderate temperatures with highs in the mid 60s and lows near 50 degrees. By the end of the week, expect 70s during the day and upper 50s to lower 60s at night.

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