By Lissette Gonzalez

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Huge changes are in store for South Florida Monday night.

An arctic front is on the way and we’ll finally enjoy a taste of winter.

We started the day with some patchy fog and temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

Monday will be a mix of sun and clouds in the afternoon and we’ll warm up to the low to mid 80s. Some areas near the coast may be near record levels and a few showers are possible ahead a powerful arctic front which will arrive later in the day to usher in the coldest air of the season.

We haven’t seen such cold air since March of last year. Lows are forecast to dip to the 40s. But with the wind cranking out the north from 20 mph to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph or more, it will feel like the 30s for many. Gale force winds are possible and boating conditions will deteriorate Monday night into Tuesday with such strong winds.

Inland locations may even feel like the upper 20s since the coldest air is found across the western suburbs.

Temperatures will be about 20 to 30 colder than the lows we started off with Monday morning.

Because this is such an abrupt change for us, it is best to bring in any pets and protect any delicate plants. In addition, folks will need to bundle up – especially the children and elderly.

Tuesday’s highs will only be in the mid 60s. It will be a cool, beautiful, breezy day for South Florida.

This cold snap will be very short-lived. By Tuesday night into Wednesday lows will be in the 50s. Highs on Wednesday will rebound to the low 70s with some passing showers. And by Thursday morning, lows will be in the upper 60s and highs in the upper 70s. Friday the warming trend continues with highs back in the low 80s and some scattered showers.


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